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Print Framing Guide

I know that framing can feel a little daunting, but here are some tips to help you make framing your Parima print a breeze.
Local Frame for Large Prints
I always recommend starting with your local frame shop, and if your print is over 24"x36" then it might be your only option. Independent framers can be surprisingly affordable and incredibly knowledgeable in helping you find the perfect frame style that fits your decor while properly protecting your Parima print's longevity. Additionally, they often deliver the final piece right to your home, either for free or for a small fee. They also may offer installation services, which is really handy when you're dealing with a giant 60"x40" frame!
If an independent local framer doesn't exist in your area places like Michaels, Aaron Brothers, and Hobby Lobby offer custom framing.
Pre-made Frames from Big Box Stores
The prints all are made to fit standard sizes. You'll be able to find pre-made frames up to 24x36 from West Elm, Target, and Ikea. However, they are not made with archival materials and may cause your print to fade or yellow over time.
Online Full Framing Service
Using an online framing service such as FrameBridge for prints 24"x36" and under, or SimplyFramed for prints up to 60"x40" is a convenient way to get prints framed without the hassle of going to a framer.
Best of all, I can ship the print directly to them so that all you'll have to do is wait for it to arrive at your door ready to hang! All I need is the shipping label that they provide you with after you purchase your frame.
Custom Made DIY frames
If you're a DIYer, custom-made frames from Frame Destination (my favorite is Nielsen style 117 in gold) and Highland Hardware are an excellent choice. See "Final Tips" for help on choosing the right type of glazing and mat options.
Final Tips:
Whatever method you choose, I always recommend the following options whenever possible:
  • Choose UV glass or acrylic glazing over standard glass/acrylic. The highest option for this is called Museum glass. Opt for the "non-glare" option if you plan to hang it in a sunny or heavily lit area. If working with an in-person framer they can help you decide between glass or acrylic, as they each have their place. Most online framers use acrylic.
  • If using a mat I highly recommend choosing one made of cotton rag vs the regular paper ones. This will help prevent the dreaded "mat burn" around the edges where the mat touches the print.
  • White, natural wood, or gold colored frames work well with my art.