Author: Cris Sweeny

33 Stunning Picture Framing Ideas Your Home Is Crying Out For

Whether you have a penchant for picture framing ideas for displaying your favorite art pieces or always want to have your most treasured family snaps on show for all to see, one thing is certain, no wall is complete without a few accessories


The art of picture framing can be a complicated business, with each aspect requiring attention before the final look has been achieved. From types of picture frame, placement and of course choosing the perfect images, all of the many factors can make or break a display and as always, the devil is in the details.


The prospect of creating a statement display in the home may sound daunting, but fear not, we have asked top interior bloggers to share their favorite picture framing examples and leading interior designers their best tips to inspire your next photo display in the home. Take a peek at the 33 picture framing ideas below…

Becky Freeman @ The Spirited Puddle Jumper


I absolutely love the perspective that these framed images give. From the small images on the larger white backgrounds within the frames to the fact that the frames are overlapping, really adds interest to what could be a fairly usual display. I’d love to try something like this in our new home!

Scott Purcell @ Man of Many


We love the framing of this artwork by Beastman as the white border really helps to make the colors pop. Also, the actual piece is floating within the frame so it feels like the artwork is literally jumping from the wall. It also helps to provide some further depth to the artwork.

Sue De Chiara @ The Zhush


Lately I’m loving how a grid of art or photos looks on a wall. When pieces are framed the same size, using the same frame, there’s something very soothing to the eye yet still very interesting to look at.

Pro Tip – Charles Neal

Picture framing should always compliment the imagery, award, or artwork that is displayed. Frames that are not cohesive detract from the beauty and steal the show from your special piece you are wishing to showcase. As an interior designer, artwork displays are an essential part of my creations. I utilize the art to convey and reflect the personality and style of the homeowner. Thus the framing needs to equally accent the piece in a pleasin

Rachel Southern @ The Ordinary Lovely

My preference is for living spaces which are light and bright, white and colorful, so I love simple, thin frames, preferably in white or black. I like prints and images to stand out so wouldn’t choose a frame which detracts from them. In this instance, I love the way the frame complements the typography. They work together really well to make quite a simple quote an interesting piece of art.

Chrissy @ Organise My House

When framing a photo or smaller piece of art, you can make it have real impact by using a massive mount and a large frame. This will make it stand out, and feel really contemporary. They also look great in groups of 3 to make it even more stylish. (Adding a mount can also make even a less expensive frame look stylish and costly!).

Jason Grant, Interior Stylist

I love collecting artworks and prints – usually by clever friends – I love to display them in a gallery style wall that I add to – keeping the frames in similar timber tones for a touch of uniformity.

Catherine Lazure-Guinard @ Nordic Design

I just love the beautiful simplicity of this framing method: Images positioned off-centered in larger frames. It is creative, original and elegant at the same time. This works very well for a series, as I think this approach has a greater impact when at least three or more pictures are grouped together. A thin, black frame as shown here doesn’t overpower the artwork and enhances the minimalist look. (Image Credit: Ash James for Cereal)

Pro Tip – Daniela Nuila

To get the most use out of your picture frames, think double duty. By this I mean they should #1- serve the purpose of displaying personal pictures (of course), and #2-also serve the purpose of being decorative. For a neat and put together look, try grouping different sizes of pictures using the same frame. By using the same frame, every picture has the same outline and thus, is cleaner to the eye. But for a more curated and eclectic look, try different frames in different colors and sizes. This will definitely be fun and spontaneous and each picture will have a personality all its own.

Maite Granda @ Interiors by Maite Granda

When decorating your home consider neutral colors on the walls and use a unique artwork to create an accent.  White walls are always the best to stand up any artwork or gallery wall.  My biggest suggestion is to consult an expert on framing, you won’t go wrong.

Pro Tip – Pamela Hughes

The frame should always be subservient to the artwork. It should be synchronous with the time and the style of the artwork. The frame should catch and reflect light (called luminosity). Gold is used frequently as the color of the moulding as it reflects light so readily, and is neutral as a color.
For matting of paper pieces, matts should be weighted slightly on the bottom to contract the illusion of being top-heavy.For contemporary pieces, matts can be oversize, even to three times the size of the artwork with massive weighting on the bottom.

Sara Chiarilli @ Artful Conceptions

First is I love a framed mirror in a bathroom. It gives a nice highlight and a finishing touch.


Second artwork needs the right frame, especially original pieces. A gallery wrap is ok for a few pieces but the majority need framing that shows off the artwork.


Third, I love a framed chalkboard or fabric covered bulletin board in a drop zone. It’s the perfect place to leave notes and messages and the framing makes it a finished piece.

Pro Tip – Nikki Levy

My custom framer calls me a “rebel” when it comes to framing, but all our pieces come out just beautifully. I love using the “equal but opposite” concept. Large, busy pieces of art require small clean frames. Small pieces of art look fantastic with large matting and more ornate frames (whether it be modern, transitional or traditional choose ornate within the styles boundaries). I love to create balance between the art and the frame, and as you know, opposites attract!

Lynn @ MyLuxe

I love how the distressed look of this frame compliments the image of a South African township scene. The color pop of reds in the picture looks great against the muted gray frame!

Kathryn Marsh, IDS Professional

Every room or space will require different framing solutions. Variations in size, color, and composition of both frame and artwork, need to be addressed to get the best results. For example, a passage or hallway may lack adequate lighting and visual interest. Creating a gallery wall using mirrored frames helps to give the illusion of more space and reflect light.

Pro Tip – Janice Attia

I believe that choosing the right frame is as important as choosing the right piece of art. Framing is not just saying lets have a thick bold black frame because it looks nice. Selecting the right frame implies putting it in context with the design and the art, it is the “staple” that will put together this two elements in an harmonic way. Textures, colors and materials play a very important role, as I said, it is important for it to be in context but also its very important to highlight the art without disturbing it.

Angela Reynolds, Interior Designer


Decide what is the purpose and home much punch the frame will add to the room? Is it to Blend(low), highlight or statement (High).


Blend: Frame above the  bench is to blend and disappear. The sconces and the artwork are already making a giant statement. A frame with bravado would have been overkill.


Highlight:  The frame above the fireplace was meant to highlight the photography and compliment the andirons in the fireplace. It makes a nice balanced statement


Statement: This frame around this mirror. Is the big design statement. The console and the accessories bow to the bold lines and negative space of the frame design.

Pro Tip – Cathy Sands

The frame should complement and add to the artwork. Don’t be concerned that the frames are all the same. Art should stand on its own and the right frame can elevate your piece. Now if you have several pieces from the same artist or if your look is very clean then I would go with the same frame but my preference is to flatter each individual piece and create a collected look.

Gloria Hernando @ kis Interior Design

As an interior designer, my #1 tip for getting the most out of picture framing is to select a material and frame that compliments the style of the room in which the art will be located. I specialize in contemporary design and prefer selecting simple, neutral frames in finishes such as black, white, and metal that allow the artwork to truly stand out.

Tiffany Hinton @ Lola Interiors

Framing can make a huge impact – it can make a cheap piece of art look expensive and visa versa. But the frame shouldn’t be the focal point. Should complement but not overpower the art. Less is more, in my opinion. Let the art speak. Stick to a simple frame, and in a grouping, I prefer that the frames match: it’s a clean way to make a huge impact! In a recent job, the client had a huge collection of architectural photos she took during her travels through Europe. But, instead of the typical elevation photo, she took pictures of the ceilings! We created a focal point wall with these photos using simple black frames, and we love how it turned out!

Pro Tip – Mark Dalton

Artwork in any space can be the most prominent item when you capture a view of the room. If the artwork is not right, it will throw off the entire look of the space. Whenever you are placing multiple pieces on a wall, there is one important rule; one item needs to stay consistent to pull the look together. The frames should all be the same color, same size or the same frame.

Michaela Mildenhall @ Pargy & Alice Palace Design

As an interiors writer and designer of children’s prints, I’m a big fan of using prints, photos and artwork to make a nursery special. I’m really loving the contemporary new look of today’s nurseries with colorways containing gray, subtle pastel colors and black. As this print is very cutesy-pie and retro, I wanted an image that had a clean modern feel – I love the fact the picture and frame isn’t hung on a wall, and is surrounded by carefully curated objects, punctuated by the freshness and greenery of the pot plant.

Martyn White @ Martyn White Designs

I am quite contemporary when it comes to the framing of artwork. I feel that it is important to have artworks framed but in a way that they do not detract from the art itself. Framing not only completes the design, it connects the artwork to the room in which it is being displayed. I love this black and gold frame as it is immediately noticeable after you view the artwork, with its color highlighting tones within the room.

Mark Tremblay @ Marc-Michaels Interior Design

When you have a large scale wall I would either do a collection of small pieces or a couple large scale prints. Over-scaling the matte on a print will help it feel more substantial and give some weight to a large wall. All framed art does not need to match in a collection. Mixing black and white frames can make a cool high-contrast statement.

Sophie Howard @ Sophie Howard Interiors

Photographs and images add a personal touch to your spaces, they evoke emotions and portray memories that truly make a room feel special. I love the way the frames have been laid out in this image. Picture rails are a fab way to get started as they are so flexible and allow you to swap out frames easily. Mix and match frame size and color and add books and ornaments for a real styled look. I also love the inky background, it makes the whole gallery wall feel more like a feature, it’s perfect!

Pro Tip – Gretchen Mannion

Just how a home’s architecture must lead the interior design, so must a painting’s period and style lead your frame selection! The artwork should be able to move to any space in a home. In other words, the framed piece should be able to stand on its own. After all, art should not be purchased to match the decor, but must truly speak to the homeowner!

Jennifer Lanning @ Total Home Interiors

Our #1 tip for framing is to frame for the picture not necessarily for the room. As designers, we have to be cautious when customizing our client’s images. Although we want them to work within our design we also need to be aware that the client may decide to move the piece to another room at some point. We have to find the balance that will work with the overall design as well as with the image itself. If it doesn’t work outside of the design then you’re not doing the image itself the justice it deserves. In the example, we selected a frame and liner that not only works with the image itself but it also compliments the space in which it hangs.

Rafaela Simoes @ 2id Interiors

When hanging your artwork, or framed poster/ picture on the wall, you should stand a bit far apart from the wall and measure your eye level height straight on to the wall, I usually use a laser tool. Obviously, you should consider an average person height, in case you are too short or too tall. The center of your artwork should always be at your eye level, it doesn’t matter how big/small the artwork is.

People have tendency to hang pictures/artwork way higher than it should be. To me that is a major mistake!!!

Pro Tip – Tania Christensen

Getting the most of Picture Framing, I guess my response is what are you framing? Is it an original piece of artwork? what medium is it: watercolor, oil on canvas, pastel, acrylic, or is it a photograph, maybe a drawing or a two-dimensional piece? All of these mediums have different types of frames and recommendations…

Then I would ask you: how is the décor of the environment you are going to place this piece? Is it modern? traditional? a child room? an office? Depending of the décor and the place I would suggest a different frame…


Another question I would ask is: where you are going to hang the piece:the dimensions of the wall, if the wall is very large and my piece too small, there is ways to frame the piece bigger so that the wall and the piece looks proportionate.


And lastly, I would also inquire if you are going to hang other things next to it or not, does the natural light hits this wall (original pieces, specially watercolors get color discolorations w/ the natural light so you need to use a special glass, etc)

Perla Lichi @ Perla Lichi Design

Picture frames in your home should first and foremost complement the artwork. Frames should either blend with or provide a complementary contrast to the décor. Black lacquer frames in this contemporary hi-rise designed with an Oriental theme, for example, complement the artwork within and blend perfectly with the moldings in the mirrored hallway opposite the foyer. Touches of gold bring out gold tones used elsewhere—on walls, in artwork, in floor medallion. Quality picture frames make a huge difference so always work with a reputable framer. (Image Credit: Dan Forer)

Barbara Krai @ Barbara Krai Interior Design

Frame your work of art to beautifully enhance the piece. This is your only consideration. Do not get distracted thinking about the rest of the room. If the frame works with the art, and the art works in the room, then the frame will work in the room

Viviana Monari @ ID design for all

Either if you are a classic and symmetric person or loves innovative ideas and movement, framing moments and places is always a must in every home. Frames tell a story, describe personalities and give and incredible personal touch to every project.

Mixing and matching sometimes can get a little tricky for amateurs so having professional advice and the service done by a reliable framing company is absolutely worth the investment.

Elizabeth Hall @ Elizabeth Hall Designs

My #1 tip for getting the most out of picture framing would be to make sure that the frame coordinates with both the art and the decor of the space. The frame essentially becomes a piece of the art and should help the piece truly shine and stand out.

Pro Tip – Annie Goldman

Picture framing is just as important to the interior decor as art itself. When choosing a custom framing option, I reference the metals used in the hardware and lighting as well as any wood furniture and architectural details so that the art looks cohesive in the interior environment.

David Miranda @ Dida Home

When framing a picture in a home, we always think Scale, Palette, Style. The scale of the frame and image/art should be proportional, and the colors, materials or design shouldn’t clash. Identify what frame fits well with your image or art piece, as certain pieces call for a rustic frame, others for a baroque frame, and others for a more modern/minimalistic frame.

When selecting a frame for a piece of art or photograph, always consider whether you want the frame or art piece to be the focal point. This can at times be a difficult decision to make but is also a good opportunity to play around. It is also important not to see art or a famous photograph for its “Name” but mainly for what it represents to YOU.

Simply put, putting an eccentric and over-the-top frame to a “Hirst” piece is just as valuable as framing a beautiful piece of art created by your 2-year-old nephew in an elegant white on white museum frame.

Hopefully creating a striking photo wall or art display in your own home is now within your grasp and your brain is bursting with ideas to soon turn into reality. No matter the size of the wall, there is endless picture framing ideas to achieve the look you are dreaming of. Now it’s just time to get framing!

Cris Sweeny| November 1, 2016


Author: Cris Sweeny

6 Awesome Ways Picture Framing Can Enhance Any Room

Ever wonder how custom picture framing can add that pizazz to your art or photographs?


If you have a collection of photographs and original artwork and don’t know the best way to display it, you’re not alone.


Photographs are a way to capture moments in time and it’s natural to take pictures of every important event.


Paintings and other artwork speak to you and compel you to purchase them. However, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the number of photos you have and paintings you’ve collected.


How can you actually use this?

#1 Solve the issue of overflowing photos and artwork

Displaying your collected photographs and artwork with quality picture framing can transport you to a time and place you cherish every time you view them. Pictures allow you to see loved ones and revisit favorite places with a simple glance that evokes powerful memories.

Watch this short video: FrameWorks owner, Cris Sweeny shows a creative way for preservation framing for travel trinkets.

Utilizing picture framing to display your photographs instead of keeping them all hidden away in albums or on your computer, is the ideal way to keep memories alive. Not only that, hanging your framed memorabilia, photographs, paintings can help enhance a room and the entire interior design of your home.

#2 Picture framing as part of interior design

Placing a photograph, painting or work of graphic art inside a frame adds the final touch that gives the piece a professional, sophisticated look. Tacking artwork or photographs up on a billboard doesn’t have the same impact as framing them.


With professional, custom framing, your treasured photographs and artwork become part of your interior design. They can serve as the starting point for an entire room or add that extra something to a space that was lacking.


The best part? If you’re like everyone else, you already have an ample supply of photographs and artwork that you love but haven’t had the time to properly display.


All that’s needed is the proper picture framing that coordinates with the piece while enhancing wherever you decided to hang or place it.

#3 Convey a message

Great interior design creates a theme, gives ambiance and/or conveys a message about your home and your personal tastes. Picture framing helps interior design by enhancing a space and giving it character and personality.


When you hang framed family photos along a hallway or place them on end tables or bookshelves, this conveys the message that you love and value family. Hanging framed artwork over a fireplace, on an accent wall and in living spaces reveals your fondness for beauty and creativity.


Framed artwork can enhance any space by transforming the room into a mini gallery that you have free admission to 24/7. The colors of the painting add depth to the room and can help bring out the chosen color, texture or pattern theme of the interior design.

#4 Abolish plain walls

Choosing the right paint color for a wall can be frustrating, confusing and time-consuming. You know you want more than a plain, boring wall, but you struggle to find the right color that works with your interior design and enhances the room.


Hanging framed pictures or artwork on that wall can be the perfect solution.


When you find the right photographs or artwork to frame and place on that otherwise empty wall, you can stop holding up endless paint color samples.


Instead, you can use the wall as the ideal blank canvas. Filling that plain wall with photographs and artwork that utilize custom, custom picture frames quality framing can bring a drastic improvement that flat wall paint never can.


Hanging photographs and artwork on the wall give it the color you’ve been wanting while adding an assortment of stories and visual interest that enhance the room. That’s not all.

#5 Add to existing theme

Artwork and photographs have a place in any room, even a space that already has a theme. Picture framing helps tie photographs and artwork into the room’s theme by complementing the overall look. Wood or glass frames enhance the elegance of a room.


Metal frames work well in a room with a modern theme. Frames come in such a wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes and textures that you can find the perfect one to fit beautifully into any existing theme in your home. Best of all, you don’t have to choose a frame alone when you work with an experienced, custom framer.

#6 Think beyond the frame

There’s more to enhancing a room with picture framing than simply placing photos or artwork in frames and hanging them on the walls of your home. Displaying your photos and paintings takes creativity, artistry, and imagination to achieve the best effect.


The custom picture frames you choose and how the framer sets the piece in the frame make a huge difference in the appearance of every photo and painting.


Bottom line, Matting and frame colors, textures, sizes and styles all need to work together to create the ideal enhancement to space while coordinating with your interior design.

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Cris Sweeny


FrameWorks Miami is owned and operated by Christine Sweeny and Claire Lardner, both Certified Picture Framers. For more than 20 years, FrameWorks has provided professional custom framing solutions and design services to galleries, public and private art collections, artists, businesses, hotels, and residential clients.



Author: Cris Sweeny

54 Experts Share Their Best Tip For Displaying Art In The Home

Perfectly displayed artwork is the final finishing touch for any discerning interior scheme. Whether you have a penchant for modern or fine art, or you want to display your own artistic shots there are many factors to consider before taking the plunge and hanging the pieces in your home.


From lighting to placement, sizing to custom framing, the display options for your favorite artworks are endless and the process requires careful thought as the result can make or break a room. If the thought of hanging a gallery wall makes you break into a cold sweat or you’re getting a migraine from finding the ideal lighting to make each piece pop, then don’t panic, we have asked the experts their top tips on displaying artwork in the home.


One read of their advice will make sure that every original artwork, be it your latest holiday print or your newest gallery discovery, is a breeze to showcase…

Jenny Gibbs, KLC School of Design

• Always apply the same design principles to displaying artwork as the rest of the space.
• A successful display of art is all about scale, balance and composition but also about style and mood.
• Group small pictures together but go for larger scale artwork in a busy space to create a sense of balance.
• Create a mock up on the floor or wall with paper cut to the size of the pictures you are planning to hang which will give you the chance to get the arrangement right and avoid any disasters

David & Mark, Forward Features


Always consider colour and size. We tend to opt for white frames as they don’t distract from the art and instead enhance the colours. If you have a small piece of art, don’t be afraid of using a larger frame leaving more white space around the image. It can draw the eye and create a really interesting focal point to a room.

Carla Jones, Carla Jones Designs


1. If you have bought a new piece of art, sit the piece in the room you’ve chosen for it for a few days before deciding to hang it. See how the light sits with the piece. Daylight, mood lighting, evening shade – all can really make a piece of art shine in a room. But don’t rush to hang it, see how light reacts to your artwork at different times of the day and then you’ll find the best place for it in your room.


2. If you have a few (or more) pieces of great artwork for a room, don’t be afraid to make a feature gallery wall! Show off all this beautiful artwork you have! On creating a ‘gallery wall’ in your home it makes a real statement about your own style and also provides a great talking point for your guests to when they visit!


Odysseas Constantine, Home Arty Home


Apart from always making sure you choose art you love, and complementing it with an appropriate frame, try to display pieces in your eyeline so you can appreciate them – don’t feel you need to place art behind your seating where you can’t admire it, just because there’s a blank wall. Importantly, keep all art out of direct sunlight to ensure longevity so you can admire it for years to come, without prints fading like photos in a barbers window.

Claire Garner, Claire Garner Indoors


Artwork can add so much character and personality to a space, so I quite often find inspiration for a room’s design here. By picking up the subtle tones and textures in a piece of art and drawing on these for inspiration to use in the soft furnishings, upholstery and accessories, you can create a really subtle and sophisticated, cohesive design. Good design shouldn’t be about making elements match, but compliment each other, and by doing this, your artwork  will sing in it’s surroundings.

Alessandra Barlassina, Gucki


Choosing the right artwork for an empty wall is a great deal, it would add character to the room. My number one tip is choose the right size. A big artwork would have great impact. Otherwise you can arrange a wall composition with artworks in different sizes. Have special care for frames: they can add different flavours and complete artworks.

Alison Gibb, Her Interiors


Decide on an artwork that you would most like to see when you come home and put it in your hall.
Choose another key piece for the living room – this should be the focal point and can usefully distract the eye from the TV, which should NOT be the focal point!
Last but not least, don’t forget the bedroom – a great spot for beautiful art.

 Jessica Zoob



Don’t  be frightened of putting large paintings in small spaces. Outsize art can make tiny rooms feel so much more glamorous!!

Dana Miller, House Tweaking


Don’t hang artwork too high or it will feel disconnected from the rest of the room. In dining and living rooms where a seated position is most common, artwork should hang lower. In the kitchen, artwork can be hung higher or placed on a shelf to view from a standing position.

Adrienne Chinn


Find a good framer and spend some time looking at different frame and mount options. I like double-mounting with a thin line of a colour from the artwork along the edge of the art. Many people just look at the pre-fabricated frames on display in the shop, but a good framer with have catalogues of other frame styles which can be custom-painted. Think about the glass as well — I’d always go for low-reflective Art Glass. Final tip:  Don’t try to match the mount colour to a room accent — the frame should draw your eye to the art.

Vicki Murdoch, Silken Favours


Framing a silk scarf can be an incredible way of brightening up your home, I like to create a gallery wall in mine, allowing you to mix and match, play with scale and shape plus vintage and new frames adding personality to your space by having all your favourite most treasured artworks sitting together.

Victoria Jackson, Apartment Number 4


Group pictures in a gallery wall, either in the living room or running up the stairs in the hallway to create a statement within your home. For an aesthetically pleasing home addition, use one colour throughout for your frames but add interest from different pieces of art work and photography.

Emma Blomfield


Hang your favourite pieces where you can see them, there’s no point hanging art in rooms you barely use or guests never visit. You want to show off your gorgeous artworks to guests and also for your own pleasure. A beautiful statement piece of art at the front entry or above your sofa is the best way to get impact and wow factor.

Emma Harris, A Quiet Style


I think my number 1 tip for getting the most out of artwork when displaying it in your home, is to have a little rejig every so often.  Move things around, all of a sudden you learn to appreciate an old favourite again if it is in a different space, and not only does it give new life to the piece of artwork, it also gives new life to the room you hang it in.

Emily Osmond, Get in my Home


Invest in getting the artwork professionally framed. A simple thin frame in a beech, white or black is what it’s all about at the moment. Let the artwork do the talking by showing it off in a frame that fits perfectly and doesn’t compete with the piece.

Laura Thomas, Laura Thomas Interior Design


Move art around.  Hang a piece that you think will look good in a certain area or on a certain wall.  Live with it for a week or so and if your gut feeling is that it isn’t 100% right there, then move it to somewhere else.  It is amazing how moving art to another place can make such a difference.  I tend to do this all the time!

Sarah Myall, Whitehouse Interiors


My no 1 tip is get the right frame. Make sure you chose a frame style that will accentuate the art or even go no frame at all in order to not distract from the object of the artwork.

Kylie Mawdsley, Kylie M Interiors


My number 1 tip for hanging art is to only hang what you love.  So often we get caught up in ‘what matches and what is trendy’, without thinking enough about what we really love.  You should respond emotionally to your artwork, whether it’s an original painting or a Home Sense special, you should love each piece for how it makes you feel when you look at it – the esthetics should come after.

Lynni Megginson


My number one tip for displaying artwork in the home is to keep it SIMPLE and STRONG.


One large amazing piece that commands your attention in the room is so much more preferable than feeling as if you need to hang something on every single wall. I use artwork to convey the emotion and use of the room…always large in scale and always in keeping with the way I want my clients to FEEL when they are in the space. So, as a result, calming pieces in Bedrooms and pieces with more energy and punch in Living Rooms and Family Rooms. When a piece of art speaks to you, you just feel it down to the tips of your toes!

Allan Torp, Bungalow5


One thing I really love is if people can surprise me with their art – either by what it shows or where it is hung. I have a fun banana print hanging in my restroom – for some it might seem inappropriate, to me it is just perfect and super fun.

Ashley Cramp, Lazy Daisy Jones


Only buy or collect art and prints that you truly love don’t be influenced by fashion. Mix it up, old and new look fabulous together. In this way your personality will shine through making your collection unique to your family and home.

Gail Green, Gail Green Interiors


Showcasing artwork is an art; that is, art comes alive when it is positioned within a specific context that is correctly proportioned.  It has to look right for the wall upon which it is placed.  Thus, if the wall is too big, the art will look diminished in stature.  If the wall is too small, the observer’s eye will not properly focus on the art.  In addition, if it hangs in collaboration with other works of art, there needs to be a continuity of space and form between them, meaning they need to somehow relate by aligning tightly together on the surface or accede to a datum line that creates consistency within an area.

Brenda Kula-Pruitt, Cozy Little House


The mistake (or at least I see it that way) that I see most of all is people putting the paintings too high up. Then it looks lost on the wall instead of complementing it.

Kerrie Kelly, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Try a modern way to display your art collection: Lean multiple frames of various sizes and finishes against the wall on a floating shelf for a chic collage effect.


Anita Brown, Anita Brown Design Studio


Use the piece of art as a starting point for choosing your colour palette in the space, you can either choose a colour scheme that compliments the piece of art, or contrasts with it.  Don’t be afraid of using a dark backdrop to hang your favourite piece.  Dark painted walls are excellent at highlighting colour in artwork!


Hannah, Layer Home


We love gallery walls here at Layer and we believe that artworks of different price, provenance and style can all be displayed together to create a beautiful representation of your personality. By finding a common thread – whether that’s a colour used within all of the artworks or a particular style of frame – you can create cohesion across otherwise differing pieces.

Lauren Liess, Lauren Liess Pure Style Home


When displaying art work at home, I find grouping similar pieces together en masse has major impact.  A collection of abstract oils or a large grouping of photographs adds interest and creates a conversation piece.  Frames can be matched or mismatched depending upon the vibe you’re going for- mismatched feels more collected and relaxed whereas matching feels more ordered.

Grant Pierrus, Interior Style Hunter


When displaying art, you need to think about the scale of the piece. A small piece of art on a large wall looks a bit silly and loses impact, rather place the piece on a smaller wall. However, a large piece of art hung on a wall just bigger than the piece creates a strong impact and adds drama to the space.

Elaine, A Hint of White


When planning a room, every one considers wall colour, flooring and furniture but little thought is put into what is hung on the wall once they are finished.  I think art work should also be in that list. The colours of the wall where you hang the picture can make a dramatic difference to how you view the artwork.  Artwork should compliment your decor style, consider using artwork that contains colours from your decor making the whole room work together.

Gwen Hefner, The Makerista


When you’re first starting out I think splurging on the largest piece you can buy is better than getting several small things.  Pick one piece that really speaks to you, give it a minimal frame that let’s the art shine and enjoy for years to come!

Nicolette Lafonseca, Archie and the Rug


Whether you are a fan of gallery walls or not art has a place in all of our homes, art is what turns a house into home. With that in mind my top tip for displaying art in your home is to keep it personal. Remember that what is on the wall is a reflection of you and your family. Think back to your teenage days when your room told the world what music you liked.


The wall in your home should fill organically and as tempting as it may be to take a trip down to a megastore and buy arty posters don’t! When I walk around my home I can see my journey and my growing family’s journey, The print we bought on our first weekend away, the endless bits that we I picked up on my travels.


This way you will start to display work that goes beyond an art print. Perhaps a wooden mask or woven bowl you found together on a trip or at a flea market. Don’t neglect a child’s drawing or a Polaroid snap, well framed these items will hold their own. So with that in mind go and make a start making your art reflect your life.

Karolina Barnes


Art is a medium of self-expression. It only works if you can see part of yourself in it. And so my advice would be to take your time and choose your art wisely. Go by instinct. Once you have your artwork, work your space around it. Pull 3 – 4 colours out and inject them into your interior through cushions, rugs, soft furnishings and accessories. Tell the story of you, make the colours flow naturally throughout the space. And when it comes to hanging art, make sure that it’s not installed too high or too low.

Anita Kohn, Living In Space


Artwork can be the focus or highlight of a room – choose your balance by determining what feature you would most like to emphasize. A narrow hallway is piqued by including a large piece of artwork at one end, drawing the eye down the length of it as opposed to the width. Artwork between open-plan rooms can create a border between two spaces without blocking movement. However, if you have inherited a valuable piece of art that also has sentimental purpose but may not be your taste, use it as a colour accent in a corner of a neutral room and be sure to maximise features in your interior scheme that juxtapose the style of the artwork, thereby turning it into an eclectic highlight.

Susie Miles, Susie Miles Design


Choose unique works of art that make you feel good and give you joy! Remember, an artwork doesn’t need to blend in with your interior colour scheme, an element of surprise creates impact.

Gabby Palumbo, Flat 15


Focus on scale! Make sure to choose an artwork that fits in proportion to the space that you want to fill on the wall. An art piece that is too small can look lost and really take away from the work itself. In contrast, artwork that is too large can also seem overdone in a well designed interior. Look at the wall space you have available and choose your artwork (and framing) accordingly.

Hester van Overbeek, Hesters Handmade Home


I love creating a gallery wall by hanging different sized frames together creating a real eye catcher. Keep to one main colour in your the art works, photo’s or hand lettered art to creative a cohesive look. Before drilling a lot of holes in your wall it might be good to work out the layout of your gallery wall with cardboard cut to the size of your frames. When you are happy with the look, tape the cardboard pieces to your wall and mark where your screws need to go.

Ramona Griffin, G&G Interior Design


I love to display my favorite art in places I walk by several times a day like a foyer or a hallway. That way I can see and enjoy it all the time and not just when I walk into an unused room or secondary space. I try to encourage my customers to buy and collect pieces that are meaningful to them that they really love and not just items to fill a void in a wall. And remember, art is like wine. It doesn’t matter how much it costs, it only matters whether you like it or not.

Nora Santonastaso, Design Outfit


I think that “composition” is my number 1 tip for displaying art at home. I love to play with colors and frames of different dimensions and shapes and I always try to combine them harmoniously on the wall. One of the best trick is to organize all the frames around the biggest and important one, that must be placed in the center of the wall.

Janice Issitt, Janice Issitt Life & Style


I think the best way to display artwork is to group the pictures together, make a feature wall of all the art in one place.  I buy old vintage and antique frames which I then use to frame the art, however you could always personalise the frame by distressing or painting it.  I have two areas where I group my artworks together, one on a long wall in the lounge, above a sofa, and the other taking up the whole wall on an upstairs hallway.  Staircases are great places to make a feature wall too, as they can be viewed from top to bottom.

Bianca Hall, French for Pineapple


Most people hang art too high, so consider eye level before banging holes in the walls! The centre of the artwork should sit approximately 59 inches from the floor. And If you have a large bare wall, don’t make the mistake of hanging one small piece right in the middle of it – it will look out of place and lost. It’s much better to hang one large piece, or to create a gallery wall with several smaller pieces, keeping the frames the same colour or within a limited palette.

Myrline Delva, Designed For Life


My #1 tip for getting the most out of artwork when displaying it in your home is to not be afraid of mixing and matching. Mixing mediums, styles, frames and composition can make for a really interesting and unique display. I’ve always love the idea of gallery walls that have a single overarching theme (be it in colour or imagery) to maintain cohesion while still being personal.

Rani Engineer, La Maison Jolie


My number 1 tip for displaying artwork in my home is… avoid hanging art on pre-existing picture hooks since they may not all be at the right height. Always hang art so that the centre point of the artwork is at about eye level and remember to adjust the height accordingly if hanging art in children’s rooms.

Stacey Ann Blake, Design Addict Mom


Our homes come alive with art and art is a great way for homeowners to showcase their personality and express themselves. However, one of the most common mistakes that I see often is art hung too high. For me to get the most out of art displayed in our homes, it should be hung at the right height. Art should be hung at eye level; usually about 58 inches high. The center of the art piece should be at that height. Displaying art at eye level or the right height creates a cohesive interior and makes the entire space shine!

Fiona Reid, Copperline


Personally, I like to have a unity when I’m displaying artworks. The art itself might be diverse, but I like to unify the style of framing – I really like minimal black or white wooden frames as a way of unifying pieces. You can group artworks together and, simply by using the one colour, the frames almost disappear. Of course, this depends on the style of art – I’m always drawn to screenprints that are complemented by a very clean and minimal framing style.


But then, art is so personal, you really have to go with what feels right for you. I was in a house recently where the owners had picked up a pair of oil portraits in an auction, and they had the most elaborate frames. They weren’t expensive, and they were different in style to the other artworks the couple had, but they looked so dramatic set against a beautiful Farrow & Ball wall colour. It reminded me that you can’t be too set in your rules.

Kelly Davies


Spend time choosing the perfect frame for your artwork, think about the colours that you wish to bring out in the piece and consider the style of the work. A large ornate frame will compliment a traditional painting, whilst a sleek modern frame will work well with an abstract print.

Alina Ghost, The Fairytale Pretty Picture


Test and learn. Especially when it comes to displaying clusters of artwork, I like to cut out pieces of card or paper and apply these to the wall, using blue tack. This helps me visualise the final look and makes it easy to move around to find the perfectly styled interior finish that I’m looking for.

Mary Middleton, Hellopeagreen


The arrangement and hanging of art can be daunting for some people, we’ve all seen displays where the arrangement itself is an art form, but don’t be deterred.  When displaying artwork I prefer to hang on walls with high saturated colour, including wallpaper sometimes.  Many major art galleries use colour to make the artwork really stand out; the Royal Academy of Art for example. The results are really captivating and as long as your lighting is good it can be really mesmerising in a space. Go bold and have fun.

Alina Ghost, The Fairytale Pretty Picture


Test and learn. Especially when it comes to displaying clusters of artwork, I like to cut out pieces of card or paper and apply these to the wall, using blue tack. This helps me visualise the final look and makes it easy to move around to find the perfectly styled interior finish that I’m looking for.

Nicola Holden, Nicola Holden Designs


To get the most out of artwork when displaying it in your home don’t neglect your lighting.  So many people either just have a single central pendant, or else downlights set out in a nice neat grid in the ceiling, and no lighting directed on your artwork.  Lighting your artwork is the most transformative thing you can do to make it pop off the walls and draw your eyes straight to it.

Louise de Miranda, 30s Magazine


When displaying artwork in your home, let the piece be the focal point. Build your furniture and accessories around it. Let the eye travel to the painting, statue, or framed photo by creating a stark contrast with your furniture in color or in style. Combine a contemporary art work with a vintage console and some classic vases for example. Make sure its scale is appropriate and balanced with the surrounding objects.

Natalie Marchbanks, Block Prints Social


When hanging art, I like to consider the primary use of the room and how people inhabit the space. In a dining room or casual living room – where my guests and I are most often sitting – I tend to hang art a little bit lower than in a hallway or kitchen, where we’re more likely to view the art from a standing position. That’s because I like to have a good view of the art without straining my neck to look up high (some might call me lazy!) and I like to see the relationship between art and the furniture in a room.


That said, this approach can require some trial and error – especially if you’re new to it – so a quick and easy rule of thumb is to center your art 57 inches from the floor, or eye level for a person of average height.

Jacquin Milhouse-Headen, Interiors by Jacquin


When selecting artwork for your home be sure to consider the dimensions of your artwork to ensure that your walls will have a balanced appearance once hung. If you featured artwork is too small for the wall, it will not look as great in your space. Oversized artwork could be the perfect solution or hang a series of 3 smaller works of art. Most importantly, don’t shy away from bright colors in your artwork. A colorful work of art can transform a boring space into a well-designed space!

Joni Webb, Cote de Texas


When utilizing art work in the home my pet peeve is to be sure to hang the piece correctly.   A good rule of thumb is eye level. You don’t want to crane your neck up or down to see it.   And be sure to hang it at most six inches above a sofa or console.  At most.    You want the piece to relate to what is underneath it. Too high and the art will look like it is floating around in space. Ground it by placing it within inches of what is below.

Carin Cullen, Artfully Carin


My number 1 tip for getting the most out of artwork is to invest a little extra in UV glass if you are hanging light sensitive artwork (such as watercolours or  pencil drawings) in a sunny spot as they will fade very quickly.


Wow, some amazing tips from experienced professionals there! If you got one thing out of all of the tips, its make sure you don’t hang your artwork too high.


What Now?


Get out there, buy some fancy artwork, cool prints or funky designs and get it on your walls – you’ll be amazed how much just one piece of art can really finish off a room.



Author: Cris Sweeny

10 Amazing ways custom framing can add to your Home Decor

When you think of custom framing you think of painting masterpieces, you don’t envision them as a piece of canvas dangling in the air or partially curled on a table, you see them in your mind beautifully hung on museum or gallery walls. Custom framing brings that same stunning and memorable elegance to your home decor. Picture framing artwork and photographs can serve as focal points or accents to a room as they provide that needed finish to any piece.

Decorating with framed pieces or even empty frames requires a bit of planning, a sense of aesthetics and a flair for creativity.

# 1 Eliminate picture framing fear

Selecting artwork you like may come easily or may require agonizing for hours or days and the same can hold true for selecting the right frame. You find yourself face to face with so many choices for frame and mat colors, styles, size and materials that you may feel tempted to tuck the artwork or photographs away rather than make a decision. Fortunately, once you learn how to break down the process into manageable steps and utilize professional custom framing experts, you can get a feel for what works and eliminate your fear of frames.

#2 Style of art

When selecting a frame for a single piece or an entire collection, you need to consider the style of the art and/or photographs. The sparse details of modern artwork will appear out of place in a gilded frame just as an impressionist painting won’t work in a contemporary frame made of steel or other metal. The frame needs to compliment the artwork or photograph, not distract from it so take your time when looking through custom framing colors, materials, sizes and mat choices until you find an appropriate match.

#3 Style of room

It’s not an interior design law that your chosen frame exactly matches your interior decor, but it should appear at home in the space and you can use custom picture framing to achieve the ideal appearance. A room featuring classic style and rich tones from wooden antiques is an easy fit for traditional frames around artwork, while metallic or similarly unadorned frames complement a contemporary room with clean lines.

Prints Face Mounted Onto Plexiglass

In this short video, Cris Sweeny owner of FrameWorks custom framing Miami explains how prints are face mounted on Plexiglass at their Valmar frame shop Miami location.

#4 Match frame size to picture size

A frame that’s too narrow becomes lost around a large-scale photo or painting just as a chunky, ornate, thick frame overwhelms a delicate painting or still life photo. Your chosen frame should balance the work your framing and with custom framing, you don’t have to worry about searching for the right frame through pre-made choices because you have complete customization control.

#5 To mat or not

Although many pieces of artwork or photographs can benefit from frames, not every piece requires a mat to appear complete. Mats tend to be more a personal preference choice than an interior design must and the best way to decide if you want a mat is by holding the chosen custom framing material and mat up to the piece. Artwork with a clean background may not require a mat whereas photos and paintings that need some distance between their colors and frame can benefit from matting.

#6 Proper mat width

If you choose to use a mat for your piece, make sure it’s wide enough for the artwork or photograph. Any mat too narrow won’t properly set off the selected piece so a good rule to follow is select a mat at least twice as wide as the frame. A wider mat is also an option as long as it doesn’t swallow the art or photograph.

Custom framing experts can eliminate the guesswork of mat width as they have extensive knowledge and experience framing all styles and types of art.

#7 Contrasting mat

Classic white or cream-colored mats work well for most pieces of art and while the temptation exists to choose a trendy color, you may find yourself unhappy with it once the trend passes. For black and white photographs, pencil sketches, line drawings and monochromatic artwork, a black mat can create a striking effect. When choosing a mat of contrasting color, ensure the contrast is strong enough that the piece doesn’t disappear in darkness or become washed out in white.

#8 Glass matters

When you have a sentimental or valuable photograph or piece of original artwork to frame, the glass you choose makes a difference in the longevity of the piece. Museum framing with quality glass has a special treatment that blocks harmful UV rays that can cause fading and heat damage. Untreated glass traditionally costs less, but may be too heavy for a large piece and this makes lighter weight acrylic a good choice. Investing in custom framing allows you to choose the best type of glass for your artwork to ensure it retains its original beauty for generations.

To keep artwork and photographs safe from fading, it’s best to limit their exposure to direct sunlight, no matter what type of glass you select.

#9 Matching for Custom Framing

Even on a gallery wall, you don’t always need to hang everything in matching frames. The frame needs to match the artwork first and if a particular framed piece doesn’t seem to fit among others, find a better location for it and switch something else in. Having the piece finished with custom framing gives you the ability to find the right spot where it complements surrounding artwork and decor.

#10 Creating the right display



Author: Cris Sweeny

FrameWorks Corner is Transforming!

Owners, Sweeny & Lardner completed the purchase of the property where they have rented for the past 23 years and will soon begin a major renovation, creating a new and exciting showroom and gallery space!  Stay tuned for updates over the next few months.

Cris Sweeny


FrameWorks Miami is owned and operated by Christine Sweeny and Claire Lardner, both Certified Picture Framers. For more than 20 years, FrameWorks has provided professional custom framing solutions and design services to galleries, public and private art collections, artists, businesses, hotels, and residential clients.



Author: Cris Sweeny

Arts Festival Weekend – AWESOME!

Sunrise during Saturday set up…and FrameWorks amazing staff made for an AWESOME weekend!    Was a wonderful weekend with amazing artwork and the weather was a slice of heaven!  If you didn’t get your framed poster during the weekend, we have some left at the store – call Edwin and he will hook you up.   Thanks to all our wonderful customers and fans who came out and visited during the weekend!

Cris Sweeny


FrameWorks Miami is owned and operated by Christine Sweeny and Claire Lardner, both Certified Picture Framers. For more than 20 years, FrameWorks has provided professional custom framing solutions and design services to galleries, public and private art collections, artists, businesses, hotels, and residential clients.



Author: Cris Sweeny

Random Art Facts

The color yellow, when seen from a distance or when used with a dark background, is easiest to see, but when used alone, it is the most difficult color for eyes to process. Research has shown that people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms and infants cry more when surrounded by yellow.
Cris Sweeny


FrameWorks Miami is owned and operated by Christine Sweeny and Claire Lardner, both Certified Picture Framers. For more than 20 years, FrameWorks has provided professional custom framing solutions and design services to galleries, public and private art collections, artists, businesses, hotels, and residential clients.



Author: Cris Sweeny

Proud sponsor of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival for our 15th year

MIAMI – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The 52nd Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival® (CGAF) presented by Terra Group returns this Presidents Day weekend, February 14-16. Also right in time for Valentine’s Day, art lovers can once again rely on CGAF’s award-winning visual, culinary and performing arts to make them swoon, as it brings the most talented artists from across North America to Coconut Grove.

Regarded as America’s most popular outdoor fine arts exhibition, artists from more than 47 U.S. states and Canada were among the nearly 1,000 applicants who submitted samples to CGAF in mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, jewelry & metalwork, sculpture and wood.  Twenty-seven local artists from the Miami area and more than 110 from Florida were also invited to showcase.

Cris Sweeny


FrameWorks Miami is owned and operated by Christine Sweeny and Claire Lardner, both Certified Picture Framers. For more than 20 years, FrameWorks has provided professional custom framing solutions and design services to galleries, public and private art collections, artists, businesses, hotels, and residential clients.


Fine Art Printing

Author: Cris Sweeny

Fine Art Printing

Fine Art Printing for Giclee Prints

Fine art printing for Giclée (zhee-klay) prints is professional museum-quality digital ink jet prints. Every image is proofed and printed using archival inks and your choice of our finest and most durable stock.


We print on, Fine Art Cotton-Rag Paper, Canvas, and Luster Photo Paper. Every image is optimized by our Digital Imaging Specialist to have the best and most true color and contrast.

When making Giclée Prints (Fine Art Digital Prints) quality is everything. Our Digital Imaging Specialist provides several services listed below. Whether you need major Digital Photo Retouching Services, or just True-Color Calibrated Archival Printing, we can do it all for you. Every image we print is done using Archival Inks, on Archival Fine Art  Printing Papers, and Canvas.

Cris Sweeny


FrameWorks Miami is owned and operated by Christine Sweeny and Claire Lardner, both Certified Picture Framers. For more than 20 years, FrameWorks has provided professional custom framing solutions and design services to galleries, public and private art collections, artists, businesses, hotels, and residential clients.


Bird Road Art District

Author: Cris Sweeny

Bird Road Art District

Valmar is located in the heart of the Bird Road Art District:

Bird Road Art District, Near Bird Road and The Palmetto Expwy Miami, FL 33155 | Sweetwater/Westchester/West Miami | 305-467-6819


Location Description:


Once a non-descript row of industrial warehouses alongside the railroad tracks, the Bird Road Art District has since transformed into 30-odd artist studios and public exhibition spaces. The highlight of this artist enclave is their monthly art walk. On the third Saturday of each month, artists’ throw open their doors from 7 to 10 p.m. to show the public what they’re all about. From live theater groups and spoken word events to sculpture and photography, many mediums are represented.

Cris Sweeny


FrameWorks Miami is owned and operated by Christine Sweeny and Claire Lardner, both Certified Picture Framers. For more than 20 years, FrameWorks has provided professional custom framing solutions and design services to galleries, public and private art collections, artists, businesses, hotels, and residential clients.