Canvas Art Floating Frames - All you need to know!

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Aaron takes you through everything you need to know about our canvas art floating frames.


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The Art of Floating Frames: Elevating Canvas Art

Floating frames have revolutionised the way we display wall canvas art, offering a sleek, modern aesthetic that enhances the artwork while maintaining a subtle presence. Today, We're thrilled to guide you through the ins and outs of floating frames, their unique benefits, and how to choose the perfect frame for your favourite pieces.

Understanding Floating Frames

Floating frames, unlike traditional frames, create a space between the canvas edge and the frame, giving the artwork the illusion of floating within the frame. This not only adds a contemporary flair to the piece but also allows the art to take center stage without the frame overpowering it.

Large Gloating Frame

Caramel Floating Frame

The Process of Framing

Before diving into the world of floating frames, it's essential to understand the preparatory step for canvas art — stretching. A canvas, often received rolled up, must be stretched over stretcher bars to provide a firm base for framing. This process ensures the canvas is taut and ready for the next step: framing.

Exploring Floating Frame Options

At Mulbury, we pride ourselves on offering an array of floating frames, each with its unique charm and character, crafted from recycled timber. Our collection spans eight distinctive styles, catering to various aesthetic preferences and art styles.

1. Natural and Clear Wax Styles: Our natural frames showcase the raw beauty of timber, with lighter, blonde tones that bring a warm, organic feel. The clear wax option, on the other hand, offers a smoother finish with a subtle golden hue, thanks to a protective wax layer.

2. Grey Floating Frame: For those seeking a touch of history and character, our grey floating frame is a standout. Made from timber that has braved the elements for decades, this frame brings a rustic, weathered look that complements art beautifully.

3. Caramel Wax: The caramel wax frame is all about consistency and warmth, with a medium brown finish that unifies the timber's natural colors, making it a versatile choice for various artworks.

4. Cherry Wax and Chocolate Wax: The cherry wax frame offers a dark brown stain with a hint of red, adding depth and warmth to the artwork. The chocolate wax, devoid of the red undertone, provides a rich, deep brown finish, making both options popular for their elegance and richness.

5. Black and White: For those with a clear vision of their art's presentation, our matte black and white frames offer a classic choice. These frames provide a stark contrast or seamless blend with the artwork, depending on the chosen color.

Large canvas floating frame

Natural Floating Frame

Installation and Personalisation

We understand the sentimental value and importance of your canvas art. For this reason, we offer the flexibility for you to install your canvas into the floating frame yourself, especially for those located outside Melbourne. We provide all the necessary hardware and even instructional videos to guide you through the process.

Making the Right Choice

Choosing the right wood floater frame involves considering the artwork's color palette, the room's decor where it will be displayed, and your personal style. Whether you're drawn to the raw elegance of the natural frame, the historic charm of the grey option, or the classic simplicity of black or white, the right frame can elevate your canvas to new heights.

Our Commitment

At Mulbury, we're dedicated to providing not only high-quality floating frames but also the guidance you need to make an informed decision. Our turnaround time for crafting these frames is typically 2 to 3 weeks, ensuring each piece receives the attention it deserves.

We hope this exploration into floating frames has provided you with valuable insights to enhance your canvas art. Remember, the right frame not only complements the art but also reflects your style and the essence of your home. Should you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to help you make your canvas art truly stand out.

 How we can help you with your floater framing needs.

  • Canvas Art Stretching
  • Floating frames
  • Installation of your art
  • String to hang your frame
  • Shipping around Australia
  • An extensive range of recycled timber styles to suit your home
  • High quality frames to last a life-time
  • Excellent customer service to help you select the perfect frame

To make an enquiry, please heading to our Canvas Art Floating Frame page and fill out the form. Our helpful team will be in touch asap. 

Prefer to pick up the phone? Call us on 03 9532 3424


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Transcript from video:

Hey everyone, today we're going to run through everything you need to know about framing canvas art inside floating frames. Firstly, there are two ways you can frame canvas art: you can get it framed in a regular picture frame where we simply glue the canvas art down to our backing board and put a frame around it, or we can put a floating frame around the stretched canvas art. If you've got a canvas rolled up, first of all, it needs to be stretched to go in a floating frame. Thanks to our resident artist, Jessica, for donating her artwork. What we would do is stretch the canvas, and it would go over some stretcher bars like this, so it's nice and firm and ready to be framed.

Mulbury has eight different options for floating frames. A floating frame will look like this: your canvas art, once stretched, will sit inside a floating frame, you'll have a nice shadow gap, about 5 mm shadow gap all the way around, and it'll sit in there nice and flush at the front. The depth of our canvas fling frames is 4 cm, so even if your canvas is only 1.5 or 2 cm, we'll put some packers in to make sure that it's nice and flush at the front of our 4 cm depth. The first two styles I want to introduce you to are our natural and our clear wax styles. Looking at the camera, you probably can't see too much difference between them, but the natural one is a bit more raw, with typically blond and lighter color tones, whereas the clear wax has a wax over it, making it a bit smoother, and the colors are brought together a bit more, probably having a bit more of a beige, golden color compared to the natural. The natural can still have golden and beige tones as well, but it's typically lighter. All our floating frames are made from recycled timber, typically Victorian Ash or sometimes Mountain Ash timber as well, but they're two very popular options, the natural frame being slightly cheaper than the clear wax.

Our grey floating frame is probably something you're not going to see anywhere else. It's a complete raw timber that's obviously seen the weather for anywhere from 30 to 100 years, and it's got that grey weathered timber color to it. As you can see, all our frames can also have the odd nail hole; it's just the nature of what we do. This one, I guess, the type of art it suits could be something with white and grey color tones, and blacks as well. If you've got a lot of colors, it typically doesn't go as well with those types of artwork, but don't be afraid to try it out; it's definitely one that people love when they see it in person.

The next one is our caramel wax, a medium brown with a nice consistent color. The caramel stain we put on these brings the colors of the timber together and looks perfect. The next two are our cherry wax and chocolate wax. The one in the front is our cherry wax, and this is the chocolate. They probably look identical on the camera, but in real life, the cherry is still a dark brown stain but with a slight red tinge to it, whereas the chocolate wax is a rich deep brown but with no red at all to it. If you're looking for something with a subtle redness to it, the cherry wax is the way to go, but the chocolate wax is also a very popular choice.

Finally, black and white. If you're after a black or a white floating frame, you usually know what you're after. It's not to say that the black can't be replaced with something like the chocolate wax, but usually, people know when they prefer a white or a black floating frame, and they're both a matte color, not glossy at all. The white, as you can see there, hopefully, the camera picks it up, but it's a matte white, not too bright at all, and the black is a lovely finish, a matte black. The thing with our black frames is the paint does take about a week to dry, so it can take a little longer to make them.

Once you've got your floating frame around your canvas, the next thing to do is install it at the back. Typically, screws go through here and into your stretcher frames to join it on so it sits in place. We can send you the frame to install your canvas site yourself. We're based in Melbourne, and if you're interstate and you don't want to send your canvas to us because it's sentimental or quite valuable, we're happy to send the frame for you to do it yourself. You will need a drill and a Phillips head drill bit, but we also have a video on that to show you how to install those and string. We always provide string to hang your canvas art, so whether you want it portrait, landscape, or both ways because you might have some art that looks good hanging both ways. You might have some art that you know looks good hanging portrait and landscape. We can string the frame both ways for you.Typically our turnaround time is about 2 to 3 weeks to make these floating frames and then add on shipping times to those as well.

We hope that helps you make an educated decision about which type of floating  frame you're after for your canvas art and we're always here to make suggestions if you have any questions and please don't hesitate hesitate to get in contact with us.

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