Kimberly asks: ” Where do you suggest shopping for sturdy but reasonably priced frames?”
The thing is, framing can be pretty expensive. I know clients who spend more on the frames than their art. But there are well priced options out there.
I love the Ribba series from Ikea. They’re inexpensive and I think they look great, but you get what you pay for. My art installer and friends with art collections don’t especially like their quality.
Americanframe.com is a great online resource. My art installer highly recommends them. There’s a nice selection of finishes and sizes to create a custom frame without the high cost of a store front custom framer. They have ready made frames too.
If you have something special, try a local framing store for a wide selection of custom sizes, styles and finishes. Remember, they’re more expensive because you’re paying for the advice. They can help you pick a frame that goes best with the art you have as well as matting, whether to use glass or plexi to preserve the art.
Hope this helps Kimberly!