A Brief Guide to Framing Different Types of Artwork

In the world of art, the right frame is not just an accessory but a crucial element that complements and preserves your artwork. Metropolitan Frame’s expertise in custom framing solutions caters to a variety of art forms, enhancing both their aesthetic appeal and longevity. Whether you’re an artist or a collector, understanding the nuances of different framing techniques is key to choosing the best option for your pieces.

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Oil and Acrylic Paintings

oil painting framing

Oil and acrylic paintings are known for their vivid textures and colors. Oil and acrylic paintings typically do not require glass or plexiglass for protection since they are resistant to moisture and light damage. However, the process should still provide adequate support and aesthetic appeal. Consider these options:

  • Floater Frames: These are perfect for contemporary pieces, allowing the edges of the canvas to be visible, which adds to the artwork’s dimensional feel.
  • Traditional Frames: Choose from a range of ornate or minimalist designs to match the artwork’s style. Traditional frames bring a timeless elegance to these durable paintings.

Watercolor Paintings and Fine Art Prints

Watercolor paintings and fine art prints are more susceptible to damage from light and moisture, so proper framing is crucial. Consider the following elements:

  • Matting: Acid-free matting is essential to protect the artwork from the glass, helping to prevent any potential moisture damage.
  • Glazing: Opting for UV-protective glass or plexiglass protects these sensitive artworks from fading due to sunlight exposure.
  • Conservation Framing: This method ensures that archival-quality materials are used, which protect the artwork from acid damage over time.

Textile Art


Textiles such as tapestries, quilts, and embroidery have specific framing needs due to their fabric nature:

  • Stretching: Properly mounting textiles on an acid-free foam board ensures they remain flat and do not gather moisture.
  • Spacers: These prevent the textile from touching the glass, which is crucial to avoid condensation that could lead to mold or mildew.


Framing photography, much like fine art prints, involves several key considerations to preserve the quality of the photo:

  • UV Protection: Essential for preventing the fading of photographs over time.
  • Acid-Free Matting: Helps to maintain the integrity of the photograph.
  • Conservation Techniques: These include sealing the back of the frame to prevent dust and using archival-quality materials that do not degrade.

Three Dimensional Art

3d art framing

Framing 3D, or dimensional, art, such as sculptures, ceramics, or shadowbox displays, can be more complex due to the added dimension. Consider:

  • Shadowboxes: These are ideal for providing the necessary depth required for 3D art while protecting the piece from environmental factors.
  • Acrylic Display Cases: A modern alternative to shadowboxes, these provide a clear view of the artwork from all sides and can be custom-made to fit any size or shape.
  • Floating Mounts: These are used to give the artwork a levitating effect within the frame, adding to the visual intrigue of the piece.

Framing Expertise and Customization

At Metropolitan Frame, customization is key. Each is tailored to enhance the unique characteristics of the artwork it holds. Our team of experts is equipped to handle a range of materials and styles, ensuring that whether your art is traditional or contemporary, it receives the finest treatment.


Choosing the right framing option involves more than just aesthetics; it’s about conservation and presentation. We understand this balance, offering solutions that protect and showcase your artwork in the best light. By staying updated with the latest techniques and materials, we ensure that your choices are both stylish and sustainable.

Visit Metropolitan Frame to explore more about our framing services and discover how we can elevate the presentation of your artwork, ensuring it is preserved and appreciated for years to come.