So you’ve got your new print now, how to properly display it? Here, I am bringing you some of my favorite wall-art frames that look custom without the custom price— plus some pro tips to hack overpriced custom-framing — according to art curators, interior designers, and framing experts.

Craig Bamboo Frame with Lily pad print.

1) For fine art paper prints, Craig Frames are some of my favorite frames because there is such a variety of frames.  You can find almost any frame you want, but my favorite frames are the gold bamboo frame and matted gold picture frame.  I like the these two particular frames because the framing is less than an inch wide which can give you that thin frame look for large prints, which has been trending right now.

Gold plein aire frame and abstract ocean canvas print

2) For canvas prints, gold plein aire frames which are 3 inches wide are a popular choice.  You will see artists using these on instagram and I think these are wonderful for smaller art.  It really makes the art pop on the wall.  These can be purchased at amazon through the creative mark store.

You can also buy them in packs of 10 at Jerry's artarama.

Williams Sonoma white gallery lacquer frames and botanical prints

3) If you are looking for a more modern choice,  a simple thin white frame is a wonderful choice. It allows the art to shine and the crisp white frame look is both modern and classic.  Williams Sonoma has white lacquer gallery frame in 5x7, 8x10 and 11x14 sizes.  However, you can also get a similar look with these CB2 bright white aluminum frames which come in larger sizes.


CB2 white lacquer gallery frame and chinoiserie print

Thin light oak frame with blue chinoiserie print

So what are some hacks that give your art a professional look without the cost? Mounting the art on top of the mat as pictured above with archival mounting strips as shown in the last two images above. This can also work well for frames where you are not able to get the perfect size. 

 If you are looking for the rich look of a linen mat with a gold frame, I have another blog post here that can tell you how to get this look. 

Happy framing!