HOW SHOULD I DISPLAY FINE ART PRINTS?

HOW SHOULD I DISPLAY FINE ART PRINTS?

One of the best and most common method of displaying art of any kind, is by framing. You can choose to display these framed pieces of art on your walls or prop them up on a desktop surface. But that’s an interior design decision. Are you confused on which frame to buy in the first place? 

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Buying frames can understandably be daunting at times. There seems to be so much choice but not much help in understanding which frame is right for you! It’s almost like you’re supposed to know, and if you don’t, tough.

But I’m here to bridge the gap and explain it all to you. Most frames in the market are sold in inches around the world; my fine art prints are in centimeters.

In this article, I’ll be taking you through the sizes I sell in my store and what frame sizes and styles you can opt for. You’ll be surprised to know how many display options you have at your fingertips!

The Print Sizes Sold at Sister Moonz

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Depending on the fine art print, the sizes I sell are 20cm x 30cm, 30cm x 40cm and 50cm x 70cm.

Below is a conversion chart with the Fine Art Print sizes from centimeters to inches:

 Sister Moonz Fine Art Print Sizes Standard print sizes in inches
20cm x 30cm 8” x 12”
30cm x 40cm 12” x 16”
50cm x 70cm 20” x 30”

A key tip on buying frames


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When looking for a frame for your print, you may be confused by all the different sizes that may be smaller than the frame you’re buying. For novices, this can completely put one off of buying any art altogether.

What’s important to understand is that stores sell PRINT SIZE, not FRAME SIZE when it comes to frames. This is actually very handy.

It SHOULD make buying easier. But then we’re faced with terms like “mounts”, “passe-partout” or “mats”.

What even are they?!

What’s a passe-partout?

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A passe-partout, mount or mat is a piece of card that frames the artwork within the frame itself and comes between the glass and your print.

Passe-partout and mounts are two names commonly understood in Europe and the UK. If you’re in the US, they’re called mats.

These pieces of card prevent direct contact with the glass and the print. It’s an excellent, protective displaying style and one of the earliest ways to present art.

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In the picture above, you can see how different the same artwork looks depending on the display style it’s in. You can choose a very thin frame or a thicker frame, a thin frame with a thin pass-partout or a thin frame with a thick passe-partout. 

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The card has a window cut into it that is typically the dimensions of your print. Sometimes the window may even be in a different size or shape to your print.

It could be a smaller rectangle or even a square. It’s an excellent way to preserve the integrity of your print from any condensation over the years that can form between the glass and the print.

This can lead to undesired mould or the print can stick to the glass. Since the passe-partout allows breathing room between the glass and print, it helps to prevent any damage to the print.

Another benefit of the protective card is that it gives you immense creativity in how you display your art!

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Here’s a closer look at the different framing styles for the same artwork. (1) Thin wooden frame (1cm) without passe-partout, (2) Thick wooden frame (2cm) without passe-partout, (3) Thin wooden frame (1cm) with 3cm white passe-partout, (4) Thin wooden frame (1cm) with 5cm white passe-partout.

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It allows you to buy a larger frame size than the print itself. If you’re struggling to find the perfect frame size, you can make things work with a passe-partout!

You can create your own DIY passe-partout for your frame and print or buy a custom passe-partout that works best for you!

What color are passe-partout’s?

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Most commonly, they are in white or off white. But they can also be found in other neutral colors like gray, cream, beige, and black.

These colors don’t attract attention to themselves and help in highlighting the art and its colors. Just what we need!

Do you need a passe-partout?

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Image A shows the dramatic impact a frames thinness or thickness and having a passe-partout or not has on the same artwork. Doesn’t it look different in each display style? You can also mix and match frame sizes and colors and passe-partout thicknesses as I show you in image B. Your walls, your choice!

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Absolutely not! But it’s extremely useful to know what it is and how you can use it to your advantage, if you can’t find the perfect frame.

Depending on the aesthetic you’re going for, you can be very creative not just with the artwork you purchase, but also how you display it!

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As you can see, the color and thickness of the frame you choose to display your artwork has an impact on how your art looks on your wall. Adding a passe-partout just adds another dimension! You can even mix and match styles and frame colors as I showed you in image B.

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You can buy a frame size that fits your print size to the T or with a passe-partout. You’re the interior designer of your home, so the choice is completely yours!

What will you choose?

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So which frame style will you opt for?

The perfect size frame for your Sister Moonz fine art print or a frame with a 3-4inch passe-partout?

I’d love to see how you display the fine art prints I illustrated!

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Tag me @sister.moonz on TikTok and Instagram or use the hashtag #sistermoonz so I can see your beautiful interior design skills!

Assalamu Alaikum

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