Choosing a frame.

How to choose a picture frame for your illustration.

Don’t underestimate what a carefully chosen frame can do to complement the look of your custom illustration. A frame does more than simply keeping your print protected – it also enhances the picture itself. It is necessary to choose a picture frame that will not take away from the drawing, but instead will add to the look as a whole. Below I’ve listed the top things to consider when making your choice.

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1. Choose a suitable colour.

The colour of the frame-moulding can greatly influence the way the picture looks. It can also highlight your own personal style and sit sympathetically alongside the rest of your decor in your home. So think about what room you will be hanging it in too. 

I work with a fantastic hand-made framing company to take care of all your framing requirements. As standard, they offer the following frame moulding colours and finishes (though you can of course specify if you have something more specific in mind and they will do their best to source this) –


  • Smooth Black – A sleek and stylish choice. This is a classic choice especially when paired with a light-coloured mount.
  • Brushed Oak – A natural oak frame is a tasteful choice. It works particularly well to give bright, colourful illustrations a timeless appeal and will suit most decors. A good all-rounder.
  • Brushed Black – A lovely choice is you like to see the grain of the wood. This has a lovely artisan touch and looks great surrounding vintage-coloured, paired-down illustrations.
  • Brushed Grey and Brushed Pale Grey – A popular choice amongst design-savvy customers. Both are wonderfully calming in colour and add a chic, Scandinavian look. These tones work well with most colour palettes.
  • Brushed White – A clean, crisp choice. It works well with most decors and suits both colourful and neutral-coloured drawings. A safe, but in no way a boring, choice.
  • Brushed Ivory – A softer, more traditional choice than brushed white. Works well with neutral colours and monotone illustrations
  • Brushed Walnut – Another great option for people who like real wood. It looks good with globe-traveller, eclectic styles as well as shaker looks and more modern interiors.
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2. Consider different width mouldings.

In general I recommend and quote for framed mouldings which are 30mm or 35mm wide. If however your printed illustration is on the small (but perfectly formed) side, you may want to consider a narrower, 20mm width frame. A very thick frame could overwhelm a small picture, whilst a thin frame will be lost framing a very large piece. Think also about the ‘boldness’ of the illustration itself – a very delicate drawing could look best with a delicate frame, and a punchy, striking picture may look best with a wider, statement frame.

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3. Think about including a mount (or not!).

I nearly always include a 50mm mount when I quote for framing my illustrations. I love the way a mount sets off a portrait and it can really draw the eye to the image. A neutral mount ensures the drawing itself remains the centre of attention – for this reason I usually recommend an off-white mount. Of course, if you’d like a coloured mount, please specify when you make an enquiry as these can pick-up on colours within the drawing, and really make the piece pop.

If your illustration is rather large it may look nicer without a mount at all. The absence of a mount will give it a crips finish and keep it looking clean and modern.


You can read more about the handmade frames I can arrange for your printed illustrations here. Alternatively, if you are looking for a little, very unique, finished 'frame', you might want to think about choosing to have your illustration printed onto fabric, and framed between acrylic like this

Please fill in my get a quote form today if you would like a quote for your framed illustration.

Hannah x