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Old 09-04-2014, 06:42 PM
 
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Is it better to hang posters, maps, art, etc in frames or by themselves? What looks fancier?
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:59 PM
 
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a frame really does "frame" the picture/poster. a frame will make the picture look complete. there are side wrapped canvases that don't need a frame as the picture goes all around the sides as well as the front.
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Old 09-04-2014, 08:02 PM
 
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A poster or map on the wall without a frame will curl and be damaged by hanging it.

Gallery wrap is a nice alternative to framing as hothulamaui said.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:04 PM
 
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As mentioned by hothulamaui, I have some side-wrapped canvas pieces that don't need framing. Everything else is.

Matting might be a bigger issue. I don't believe I have anything framed that's not also matted. That includes paintings, collages, photos, posters, prints, and drawings.
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:47 AM
 
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Framing makes them look a lot fancier, although it's also more expensive. You can take a mediocre drawing, even just a sketch from a kindergartner and frame it nicely and then it looks like "art".
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:43 AM
 
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You can get a decent 10-15 dollar poster frame at WalMart. They look 1000x better then just tacking the poster onto the wall.
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Old 09-05-2014, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Framed art definitely looks "fancier" - or more finished, I'd say. You can get very minimalist frames if you don't want to make the frame a big part of the design but prints, posters, etc. just stuck to the wall = college dorm decoration more than a finished living space IMO, and definitely would not be a "magazine cover look" per your other thread.
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Old 09-05-2014, 04:30 PM
 
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Poster/pictures/etc. should be framed, IMO.

I like having art that I don't have to frame so I like having big canvas pieces that don't really need it.
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Old 09-06-2014, 10:39 PM
 
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Poster/pictures/etc. should be framed, IMO.
Agree. Simple metal frames are available at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. You can buy the frames
in sets of 2 to fit the poster. Example: if the poster is 18"w x 22"L you would buy a pair of of 18"
frames for one price and and one pair of 22 Long. It is easy to assemble, you would not have to
mat it (but I would put a board behind it) but you would have to get a piece of glass cut for
those dimensions (at any store that sells glass but ask for picture glass). It costs much
less than to have it framed by someone and it really is easy.
Note- if you decide to do this you would also need picture wire.
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Old 09-06-2014, 10:50 PM
 
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Is it better to hang posters, maps, art, etc in frames or by themselves? What looks fancier?
Frames imo. But, it depends what look you are going for, and what type room. A den or office might lend itself to informal, frameless....Where a living area, or hallway might look better with framed. Depends on what you like, really anything goes....Find your unique style.
My DIL recently framed a collection of family pics, each of one person, black and white, in black frames with white matting, arranged randomly by size in a rectangle shaped area in their foyer....They look great.
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