We agree, if you have not done this before, it can be a little scary. Maybe you’ve heard stories, possibly bad ones, on how difficult and expensive it was, and you’re a little wary. But relax, we’re here to help, so let us give you some helpful advice. The first thing to remember is that, almost invariably, you will be working with professional picture framers. Those professionals will have made their mission in life to do the right thing by you, their craft, and your artwork. A professional picture framer will welcome you into his or her store and ask you how they can best help you. This is where you come in, and all you need to is ask the framer all the picture framing question you can think of or want to know. Most customers have an idea, at least, of the colour and size of the picture frame they want. If you tell the framer what you would like, he or she will probably discuss, comment ... or elaborate onyour wishes, often indicating suitable alternatives. If a frame, say an orange frame for a wedding photo, is desired, the framer may well suggest that this could choice could be inappropriate and that the end result might not be appreciated. You are nevertheless encouraged to bring your own ideas, and simply because it is the first time you’re having something framed does not mean that you cannot contribute. Again, most people know what they like and don’t like and you framer should work with you and explore both likes and dislikes during your picture framing consultation. Do keep your mind open however, and carefully consider that various choices your picture framer may put forward or present to you during the consultation. This is because, when consulting, your framer may propose methods, styles, colour or even materials you did not initially consider, or perhaps felt were unimportant. He or she will then use his or her experience to suggest suitable, alternative style or mouldings, or picture frames. Much the same process will be followed when selecting a window, mat, if one or more are desired, the glazing and the choice of material, whether simply acid-free or conservation. With regards to conservation picture framing, this can expensive. Depending on what it is that you want framed, the conservation method might not be needed. For instance, an inexpensive, holiday poster would not normally warrant this added expenditure, whereas your University testamur would. Again, your picture framer will be at pains to explain to you why conservation is desirable and how much extra the framing might cost. The added cost of conservation framing is generally driven by the better quality, and therefore more expensive, materials that are used in picture framing. Better quality conservation materials are used when the utmost care and preservation of the art being framed is required. Broadly speaking, such materials will never burn, stain, cockle, warp or mark the art that comes in contact with it. Lastly, correct conservation picture framing ensures that your precious or valuable are will not need re-framing the future. Of course, you’re the customer, it’s your money and you control how much you framed art will cost, regardless of what a picture framer might suggest. Feel free to discuss any cost options and all price strategies. Holiday posters, for instance, do not merit the additional cost of window matting, whereas a wedding photograph would. The simple strategy of framing artwork without a window mat can reduce the cost of framing a picture by 40%. You might even like to start off the framing consultation by stating that you have a pre-determined budget, or figure, and ask your framer to do the best with that. Again, a professional picture framer should be perfectly be able to present you acceptable and working picture framing alternatives within your price range. Lastly, consider framing what you love and loving what you have had framed. That photograph, print, or document that you have come to cherish has been framed for you because you want to conserve it and display it for many years to come. As a final thought, your picture framer may be considered as your design partner in this magical, empowering, custom picture framing process. For an overview of the picture frame parts and components, see our Picture Frames Parts Names page, for ideas on picture framing decor vsit our Picture Frames Decor Ideas page and for costs and prices you can use our D.Y.O Picture Framing Costs Calculator .