Welcome to Kennedy Studios – Custom Picture Framing in Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard
Meeting your Home Decor needs is easy at Kennedy Studios. You’ll find a huge variety of options, from the latest Framing Visualization Program to excellent Guarantees. Please click on the “Framing” heading to read about Framing with the Visualization Program. If it is worth framing…
Frame it to Last
We will create professional designs from the simple to the ornate. Our expertise and strength is selecting just the right Framing Treatment that will surpass your expectations. The combination of color, style and texture will make your Framed “Masterpiece” stand apart and reflect your own unique taste and personality. Come let us create a vision that captures your spirit and excites your Imagination.
Choosing the Frame - Kennedy Studios carries over a thousand Moulding samples in different woods, styles, colors, and finishes. The decision can be a little overwhelming, so keep the following in mind:
Size - the trick to making any size frame “work” with a piece is to control the proportions with matting. A wide frame requires more matting than a narrow frame.
Style - the color, subject matter, and tone of your art will all point you toward an appropriate selection of frames. The frame should continue to carry the “message” of the art. If you feel what you’re framing doesn’t really have a message, use the decor of the room in which the piece will hang as your guide.
Type - Wood frames will look good on almost any piece of art. We use walnut, cherry, oak, ash, poplar, pine, rustic and gold/silver moulding for our frames. Stained wood can be plain, carved, simple or ornate. We also carry metal frames, which work well with certain decor, or with modern pieces and posters.
Choosing the Mats - mats are more than decoration: they protect the surface of the art and keep it from laying directly on the glass. To decide which mats to use, look to the colors in your art for inspiration. Using multiple mats will add to the beauty of the finished piece. Here are a few basic rules:
- Dark colors tend to contain the art, while light colors tend to expand it.
- Mats should be at least twice as wide as the frame width. In a multiple mat combination, that means the top mat.
- Vary the amount showing on each mat in multiple mat combinations to avoid “striping.”
– The top mat can be whatever color is predominant in the art. You can also use a neutral top mat with lower mats as accent colors. We have a large inventory of matboard in various colors and textures in stock.
Choosing Your Glass - if you thought your frame and mat options were confusing, your glass choice should be “clear cut”! Each type of glass has specific benefits:
Conservation Clear Glass – this is a laminated optical glass that should be used on artwork that is of great value or is very detailed. This glass looks like regular glass but blocks 97% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Reflection control is also available on conservation glass. The non-glare glass is ideal for 1-3 mats.
Reflection Control Glass – this is a good choice for artwork hung opposite a window or lamp. Because it’s only etched on one side, it does not glare or produce distracting reflections on your art. It actually enhances some images such as portrait photography and impressionistic landscapes. Also available with ultraviolet coating.
Premium Clear Glass – use this for artwork that demands crisp, clear treatment, especially when clarity and detail are important. This glass does not have UV protection.
Museum Glass – a nearly invisible glass with almost no reflection and 98% UV protection -“ this top quality glass is excellent for all your framing projects including original oils, shadow boxes and multiple/deep mat depth.
Plexiglass/Acrylic – generally used with artwork that is very large or heavy, as it reduces the total weight of the finished piece. It can also be used for art that will be hung in high traffic areas or areas where broken glass would be a hazard, such as a child’s room. You may also consider Plexiglass if your art is extremely valuable or irreplaceable, since it won’t damage your art if it’s broken. Plexiglass is available with conservation properties.
What difference a frame makes
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