What frame size works best with the 8.5 x 11 print?
Although I print on size 8.5 x 11 paper, the images fit within a standard 8 x 10 mat opening. There is additional white space around the print which helps with matting. If you want to put the prints straight into 8 x 10 frames they will need to be trimmed but this will not affect the artwork at all as you will only be trimming off a little extra white paper around the edges. Below is a visual guide to framing this particular print size:Here are some of the more popular print and frame sizes:
|Frame Size||Mat Opening||Print Size|
|8 x 10||4.5 x 6.5||5 x 7|
|11 x 14||7.5 x 9.5||8 x 10 or 8.5 x 11*|
|16 x 20||10.5 x 13.5||11 x 14|
|20 x 24||15.5 x 19.5||16 x 20|
|24 x 26||19.5 x 29.5||20 x 30|
|30 x 40||21.5 x 31.5||22 x 32|
Should I buy a set or one large print?
This all depends on where you will be putting the artwork, the amount of wall space you have and the size and scale of the furniture you are working around. One great way to get a visual idea of how sets look hung on your wall is to measure for frames using blue painters tape. Tape off rectangles in the size of standard frames and see how they look above your crib, dresser or changing table.
When hanging artwork, some prefer a minimalist look with only one piece hung on the wall while others prefer to group artwork in sets or in gallery collections. Experiment a little to get the look you're going for. The painters tape can be easily removed and replaced when trying out different sizes before you go ahead and purchase your frames.
My set of (6) safari prints in 8.5 x 11 prints, mounted in 11 x 14 frames with 8 x 10 mats.
Oversized prints have gained a lot of popularity in recent years so why not try one large scale item if you have the space. My World of Wonder map in Eucalyptus is shown here over a beautiful green dresser. This size is approx. 30 x 40 but it is always best to measure your space before ordering a larger size.
Below: My Fluffy Face animals shown in 11 x 14 frames without a mat.