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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Framing Artwork with Oversized Mats

Since the little man started preschool, we have accumulated quite the collection of his artwork from school.  Some of it involves stickers and crayons and isn't really frame-worthy.  But the pieces he paints are so fun and bright, and I have always loved the idea of hanging them up in a "sophisticated" manner.

Aerin Lauder makes her children's artwork appear refined by framing it and hanging it in her gorgeous breakfast room.

Framing children's artwork in a way that keeps it fitting with the rest of your house can be a challenge.  One easy way to make inexpensive (or free!) artwork look fancier than it really is is to frame it with oversized mats.  The art below from an Elle Decor bedroom may very well be original and expensive, but regardless, the oversized mats add style and sophistication to small pieces of art.  They are also a good way to stretch your dime, when you can't afford a larger piece of art but need a large piece for your space.

I was delighted to see that Pottery Barn has come out with a line of affordable frames with oversized mats. 

I ordered two for little man's artwork, and they arrived last week. 

I decided to frame some "shorts" that he sponge-painted.  It's hard to imagine these looking appropriate to hang on the wall, right?

Doesn't the oversized mat and frame totally change it?

I decided to hang them in my family room, since that is where we spend the most time. 

I also framed his first paintbrush piece.

The oversized mats really do make them look more sophisticated than they really are.  And it's fun to see little man so proud of his artwork- he climbs up in the chair to show it to everyone who comes in.

The quality of the frames is good, and it is very easy to change the art around, so I am planning to switch his pieces in and out as he brings more home from school!


Jenny Castle Design said...

Darling artwork - love the effect with large matting. Brilliant!

My Crafty Home-Life said...

It is so color coordinated, and looks fantastic. Equally as impressive, you keep a napkin under your water.

bluehydrangea said...

They look great and how lucky the colors tie right in. they look like expensive modern art!

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

MOS you are so clever! You have totally inspired me to frame my beautiful nephew and nieces artwork! I love little man and is art...what a budding little artist! Those prints look beautiful in your living room!

Julie said...

I love it! They look fantastic.

A Perfect Gray said...

I've always loved the look of a huge mat.

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Really, really like this idea...I have many walls to work on right now! Take care, Caroline

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