Should You Frame Your Painting?

There are several benefits to framing a painting. After spending so much money (or so much time) investing in a beautiful piece of wall art, you certainly would not want it destroyed. Plus, showcasing artwork has been a timeless tradition since the earliest painters began crafting their most famous works. However, some paintings look better unframed. How do you tell which paintings need framing and which don’t? There are some pointers for making such a determination but overall it’s largely up to personal choice, although it’s a good idea to consider the pros and cons of framing before making a decision.


You’ve waited forever to get it and now you place it carefully on your wall only to have the door slam and the painting hits the floor, denting the canvas. Paintings are not known to have a return policy and many only exist few in number. Dented corners may not always be noticeable but what if the floor had had a wet spot in the home or office? Water might distort the colors and ruin the piece altogether.

For many, framing a painting is the only way to guarantee its safety. This is especially important if it’s something that can’t be easily replaced. Framing reinforces the canvas and protects the corners from being dented or broken. Having a painting professionally framed may cost more but in the long run the piece will outlast any other painting that isn’t framed.


Framing a painting has always simply looked better on a wall. It adds sophistication and elegance be it simplistic or ornate. Paintings that are framed compliment both houses and offices. Businesses may want only a basic frame to add expression to represent their industry best whereas a homeowner may prefer to have the painting framed with a ornate thick frame that can be used to preserve the piece for generations. The best way to really catch a visitor’s attention is to frame a painting. This allows you to mat your piece as well if you so choose.

If you’ve made your painting yourself or bought one from a more modern artist that has used a flat canvas, you’ll need to frame it in order to hang it as it won’t have the thick wooden frame used in traditional canvas.

Unframed Art

Some canvas pieces are so powerful in and of themselves that they really don’t need to be framed. Leaving artwork unframed, especially with landscape pieces can really draw more attention to the painting itself versus a frame. Some frames can draw too much attention away from the painting the wrong one is used.

Overall, frames should not only protect the painting, but also compliment the piece and not detract from the artwork itself. If you aren’t really sure which kind of frame to use but you’d like one to protect it, have your piece professionally framed or if you’re on a tight budget choose a neutral, simple frame such as black, gold, or silver which compliments most any artwork.

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