Open Frame

Open Frames expose the entire front edge of the painting and a little of the sides to the viewer. There is a space between the painting and the inner edge of the wood frame of about 1/4" to 1/2".  The wood I have worked with is a good grade of Fir. It is milled with  an outside round over edge and a deep rabbit cut is made to hold the painting. The corners are mitered and held in place with a glued biscuit joint. The wood can be painted or stained. The ones that I have are stained oak with a satin urethane finished (like the one in the photo above).