Tips For Hanging Oil Paintings In Picture Frames

Tips For Hanging Oil Paintings In Picture Frames

Picture frames offer any photo or artwork a neat finishing. For your oil paintings to have an overall clean look, you can use picture frames to define their edges and also augment the value of the painting.

However, when opting to frame your oil paintings, you should go for the most appropriate frames so that your work will not have a jaded or dated look. The oil painting must carry a frame that helps enhance its appearance.

Many artists will rather hang paintings especially canvas-made, without framing the boundaries. So, it all depends on what you want for your oil painting. Whether you have chosen to frame your painting or leave it the way it is, the aim should be that your oil paintings are protected. You can follow these tips to hang your oil paintings in picture frames.

First, Carry out Protective Measures

You can use protective coatings:

You can use protective coatings

This will protect your oil painting from accumulating dust that can destroy the surface of your painting and enhance the colors used in painting the artwork.

The coating also inhibits the colors on your paintings from disappearing gradually during cleaning. You should get an appropriate varnish to cover up your oil painting so that it does not get damaged over time.

Before opting to apply this coating to your oil painting, you must enquire from an art expert to make sure that you have purchased the right one. Also, varnishing should not be applied to any oil painting that is not dried.

Give the Painting a Breathing Space:

It is important to let the work breathe. You should not display your oil painting in an enclosed object like glass because this will damage the artwork. Due to condensation effects from minimal breathing space, contact between the glass and the painting, and dust accumulation, the painting can be ruined.

If you must frame your painting in glass, you should use a spacer to separate the painting and the glass from touching each other. Also, the spacer will provide breathing ability.

Guard Your Paintings Against Sunlight:

When an oil painting suffers continuous exposure to sunlight, it will get damaged in no time. Ultraviolet rays of light can be very destructive for paintings.

To protect your painting from being destroyed by excessive light, you must keep it far from being exposed to direct sunlight. Also, placing the art too close to an indoor lighting bulb can affect it in a similar manner, this must also be avoided.

Consistently Clean the Painting:

Consistently Clean the Painting

In order to get rid of unwanted particles and dust from the surface of your oil painting, obtain a soft duster and give it a gentle cleaning.

Carefully Select the Right Frame for Your Painting

It will be beautiful to hang your oil painting in a frame. However, framing with the right materials will help in keeping the painting safe for many decades. Your framing materials must therefore be of museum quality standard, to enable longevity.

Use framing materials that will protect against destruction from UV rays. If you are using glass, go for special ones that have been coated to block UV lights.

Similarly, use frames that have seals applied on them to enable an artifice environment, keeping the artwork safe from temperature fluctuations or humidity.

The frame choice you settle for depends on your preference and the type of artwork you are framing. You should pick a frame depending on where it will hang, and also considering the nature of the painting, traditional and modern paintings are not the same thing, and the frame should be picked after regarding this.

The most important of all points is that your frame must be in an accurate size when matched with the oil painting. Measure the width and height of your painting very correctly before getting a frame for it.

To hang an oil painting in a frame successfully, you can use the following materials:

  • An Accurately sized picture frame
  • A Mounting ring
  • A length of picture wire
  • Offset and Frame clips
  • Art craft paper
  • Tapes with double sides and a
  • Screwdriver

Tips to Hanging:

1. After you have gotten the perfect size of frame for your oil painting, from a picture framing shop, discard the backing that came with the frame as they are not useful when framing an oil painting.

2. Before you lay the painting face down on a flat surface, make sure no sharp bits are found on the frame so that when inserting the painting within the frame, the damage will not occur on the surface.

3. Flip over to check if the painting is properly fixed in the frame. Attach the frame clips over the stretcher bar and under the frame. This will help in firmly securing the painting in the frame. Attach offset clips by screwing them into the stretcher-bar.

4. Next, cut out the craft paper to about 2 inches larger than the frame cover and use tape to secure it to the back of the frame. By doing this, dust will not be able to find a way through the frame, from the back, therefore, no damage will come to the painting.

5. Secure the back of the frame with mounting rings at each side of the frame. Thread a wire around the rings and pull it across the back of the frame.

6. Hang the painting, but the hook must be able to carry the entire weight of both the framed oil painting. Make sure the painting is not tilted; it should hang flat on the wall.


Picture frames are meant to enhance your paintings and also protect them from getting damaged too quickly. Knowing what steps to take to frame your oil painting is paramount as you can see in the post above.

No matter how much varnishing you apply to your oil painting, poor exposure to intense temperature, UV light, or humidity can cause the painting to crack.

When hanging your oil painting in a frame, do it with precision and expect the best result. Your oil painting will not only be protected in a frame, but it will also change the look of your home or gallery.

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