Panoramic Perfection

Clever customers often turn to custom framing when they have a unique item of unusual dimensions. Foursided has many clients that present long, slender pieces like a panoramic skyline photo or in this case an accordion style print.

This prehistoric, dinosaur jungle piece is stunning and colorful on every front. Our client wanted to show off it's brilliant color and detail with a simple, modern frame.

An accordion style piece like this can be framed in multiple ways. One way is by keeping the natural folds and height of the piece in a shadowbox style, deep-set frame. We've done this in the past with vintage maps that want a special twist. 

For this piece, our client wanted to show off the detail of the illustration so we flattened the print with a drymount, gave it a soft eggshell mat border and finished it with a sleek, black metal frame.

This choice of frame and finish is excellent for any short, lengthy piece you've been trying to hang. Many Chicago skylines of this size and shape have crossed our framing tables at Foursided. Is yours next?

Foursided Mon Amour

Almost daily we have clients walk-in with larger-than-life pieces to frame. Movie posters, blueprints or photographs, oversize pieces are an ongoing phenomenon and have a slew of specialty options that follow.

MonAmour_web What constitutes oversize you ask? Every piece is unique, but typically once the length or width of a piece exceeds 40 inches you have wandered into oversize territory. Our client brought in this stunning movie poster for Hiroshima Mon Amour (Director Alain Resnais). He opted for a soft charcoal wooden frame with enough weight to support the size of the piece.

splice_web Additionally, the use of plexi-glass instead of standard clear glass can make the piece lighter on the wall and also help with the safety factor. A large piece of regular glass on the wall is much more of a hazard than plexi which will scratch, but not smash into pieces. The other essential piece of info regards the drymount process. You may remember that a drymount is a heat fusing adhesive on a foam core backing to the material. This keeps the piece supported from bubbling/buckling and protects it from exposure to the elements over time. Occasionally larger dry mounted pieces require oversize material to be special ordered.

Framed_web Now you are in the know about oversize framing! Don't be afraid to tackle framing that giant quilt you just finished sewing, you are always in good hands with the right framers (that means Foursided b%*tch!).

Frame That Trend!

Whenever hot interior design trends hit the mainstream, Foursided likes to stay ahead-of-the-curve with unique frames and interesting finishes. We have many perfect options for every major 2015 style you can think of. Take a look at the biggest home decor trend predictions for this year and our mix-n-match frame samples! Tropical_webBrilliant Tropical - Tropical textiles and bright colors are all the rage in home furnishings. New age bright-colored furniture pieces with a modern flare open up a world of possibilities for your walls. From flamingos, palm trees, to sandy beach photos there is a perfect frame to fit every aspect. Look for unique textures like those pictured above or linen, deep woodgrain, distressed natural wood and any tiki-esque flare.                                                       Wallpaper_webWallpaper Jungle: If you haven't seen it, you've heard about it. Full wall or complete room wallpaper options are being developed by top designers and artists to give your place a sweet twist. Try one wall in the master bedroom! A neat trick for an extra busy wallpaper... choose a simple frame that won't compete with your awesome home story. Pictured above we full-on embraced the attitude of the wallpaper with burlwood rainforest or ornate gold chic. Don't tell me, it looks fan#$*%tastic... Moody_web2Moody Minimalist -  The minimal approach is another popular trend being embraced by the masses. Busier frames and prints are being swapped out for cleaner, cool-toned items. Look for a frame with a slight metallic sheen or industrial feel. Another way to keep it clean and open: try a large, digital white mat on your piece to give it breathing room and formality. Charcoal frames are also an ideal fit for this sleek category.                                              Color_web3Color Me Crazy - All over color, color, color! Every decade has its favorite color tones, but it is a safe bet that bold, drastic color will always find its way into home decor trends. There are endless options for frames in bright hues or you can do a style twist like we did. Pictured above is two stacked lacquer finish frames one white and one red. The perfect way to find the ideal color combo for a room, create the frame yourself with this technique! Masc_webTall, Dark & Masculine - While dramatic and woodsy, these masculine finishes aren't just for men! Anyone can use edgy decorating in their own house or apartment. Natural wood frames in particular are an exemplary addition to any home. They are classic and can transition seamlessly from cool minimal to a clean white wall with touches of color. The masculine look can go far when it is a little rough around the edges. Look for rust, metal, or dark wood frame treatments. Interior photos: / Frame samples: Foursided Custom Framing