Selecting the Right Picture Frame
Selecting the right picture frame is as important as selecting the right artwork when designing a piece of hotel art. The choice ranges from thousands of profiles in wood, metal or poly each of which can create a distinct look. Below I discuss the pros and cons of the materials when framing a picture that requires glass.
Cost wise poly is generally the the most budget friendly. It offers a diverse range of profiles and widths. Many mouldings are indistinguishable from both wood and metal. The cons are large pictures can be susceptible to warping especially in environments with extreme temperature variances. Also it is difficult to repair dents and other damage.
Metal is the mid range price point. It can be used to create both retro and modern looks. There are several widths and depths available. The biggest factor is using the right weight of frame for the size of the picture. Large pictures need a frame width that will carry the load and there is nothing more dangerous that glass popping out of the frame. Cons are you cannot repair a bent or scratched metal picture frame.
Wood can be at the top of the charts when it comes to price point yet there are many mouldings that are competitive with metal and poly. Wood picture frames are durable and for the most part repairable. Wood has an excellent load capacity and can be easily braced. The only con can be the price point.
The main factor to consider when choosing a frame is can that frame carry the load until the next renovation. The rule of thumb is, regardless of material, big picture wide frame.