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Evolution of a Print: What’s Your Style?

Look around your apartment, office, studio, you-name-it! Is it classic, eclectic, contemporary, traditional…What’s your style?! We took this awesome, intricate print (sold in stores) to the framing table to find out how the right frame combo and a practiced hand, can transform it for each and every decor.

All it needs is the right detail!

Here’s how to visualize using corner samples…

A soft white mat coupled with a sturdy black frame on this graphic print lends a clean and contemporary look ideal for any modern maven. Try an 8ply mat thickness for an extra deep bevel and added ‘oomph’.

Want classy and clean, but with an eclectic edge? This look will turn heads: A lacquered white frame features classic architectural detail stacked on a kraft color mat board with white core interior. Try a black or white core mat on your next framing job to get this stylish twist.

Perhaps you want to take this print to your home in the country, surrounded by soft watercolor likenesses of local outhouses? The perfect warm and woodsy frame will do the trick.

Last on our list, but certainly not to be outdone, our traditional style is ready for hanging by your chandelier in the foyer. A deep chocolate mat is gilded by a metallic fillet (a small piece of moulding which fits inside a larger frame or matting) and an equally grand champagne and black treated frame. Bring in your most challenging framing conundrum and we can apply these or yet-to-be-discovered style evolutions to it and then some! I dare you.

The Custom Framing Process: A Step-by-Step Consultation

Nervous to bring in your artwork for a one-on-one framing consultation? Well, don't be! At Foursided, our expert team will be at your side throughout the process helping you make the best decisions for your unique piece. So many options and decisions can seem overwhelming, let us interpret all that framing 'mumbo jumbo' to fit your vision and your budget. Come on in with your artwork, ideas and enthusiasm…We're already excited about it!! Here is a recent collaboration between client and framer. Armed with four stunning miniature paintings from India embossed in glowing mineral and gold leaf colors on old manuscript paper, our customer came to Foursided looking for a special piece comprised of all four images.

After mixing and matching some options, we settled on these subtle earth tone, linen mat choices. Floating the paintings on top of the mat board allows the natural edges to show-off their authenticity.

To create the rich-looking frame: two wooden frames (one metallic gold and one with an ornate treatment) were stacked to create the illusion of one single gold edged frame. The pieces were arranged and measured  to make sure they would have a balanced and symmetrical end result.

Measure once, measure twice!

Voila! All the pieces come together from the framing table to the wall. Fit for a king!!

Featured Framing: Embroidered Christening Gown

Foursided was given the honor of framing this beautiful piece of a family's history. A child's christening gown was hand embroidered by a loving family member and the family needed a unique way to display the opacity and light of this particular piece. Close up of embroidery Using a custom built shadowbox frame, the dress was hung using a beautiful vintage hanger and was fitted with glass on both sides. A light and airy way to feature such a unique object. This framed beauty is sure to become a treasured family heirloom. Christening gown framed in double glass custom shadowbox by Foursided Framing Boutique in Chicago Christening gown framed in double glass custom shadowbox by Foursided Framing Boutique in Chicago Christening gown framed in double glass custom shadowbox by Foursided Framing Boutique in Chicago Christening gown framed in double glass custom shadowbox by Foursided Framing Boutique in Chicago