4 Ways to Present your Oil Painting

An oil painting is a fantastic work of art for any room and will fit any décor. They are often the centrepiece of the room and can dictate what is placed around it. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your painting is appropriately furnished for maximum impact. In this blog we’ll discuss a few ways to present your paintings and you’ll be able to decide which is right for you.

Canvas Stretch:


Canvas stretching is a simple and modern way to display your painting and great if you don’t have the time to pick a frame or mat. The oil painting’s canvas will be stretched over a timber frame with either 20mm or 40mm thick stretching bars. As the image is wrapped some of the image will be lost depending whether the 20mm or 40mm bar is used. Nevertheless, with no real frame surrounding it, the viewer’s entire focus will be directed at the painting which is highly desirable.


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Alternatively, the painting can be place in a frame where a style can be chosen that suits the paintings. The paintings can be stretched and put in an outer frame or they can be mounted down on a backing board and then put into a frame. There are many styles to choose from on our website so take your time in choosing one that appeals to you and will look great in your room.

Mat Border around the painting and framed:


An oil painting can be further enhanced with a mat border added to it. Another effect of a mat border is that it will appear to enlarge the painting. The choice of mat colour and width are up to you, they can be matched to colours of the painting or being complete opposites to provide some contrast. In additional you can choose a single mat look with one surrounding colour or a double mat look with two colours – one inside the other. A fillet may also be added on the edge of the mat board for further decoration. This will create a double-framed look.


Oil painting frames generally don’t feature any glass as they take away from the natural texture of the canvas. However, they can be optioned in per customer request if it is felt necessary for protection. Glass options include regular which is scratch resistant, non-glare which is good for paintings being placed near a window and museum glass which in addition to scratch resistance and non-glare provides UV protection.

Floated and Gallery Frame:


A floated or gallery frame can give your painting a deluxe and more professional look in style of paintings in a museum or art gallery. The painting is first stretched on a 40mm timber frame and then put onto a gallery frame. These frames come in various colours to suit your style. A 10mm gap is left between the painting and the frame, giving it the “floating” look. For a further 3D look the painting can be continued along the sides. Regardless of what options you choose, you’ll be left with an elegant and classy painting.


Now that you’ve seen some of the options available you might be wondering which frame you should choose. The best way to decide is just to look at your painting and visualise each option in your room. There is no right or wrong choice as design and style is completely subjective but here are some tips from the Artist's Network.


An older or period style painting will go well with golden coloured frame or perhaps wooden frames in walnut or mahogany. Meanwhile more abstract or lighter paintings will go better with more simplistic frames or can even be canvas stretched. Canvas stretching looks great with most modern-style paintings such as those of objects, portraits or landscapes. Floated and gallery frames can like-wise be used for most paintings and even traditional-style paintings. However, if you’re using a fillet it’s perhaps better suited to a period painting as it can other-wise detract from the simplicity of a more modern painting.

So now you know about the options to frame an oil painting and hopefully have an idea of when to use each one. Now all that’s left to do is to start framing!