How to Hang Floating Frames with Style

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Do you want to elevate your artwork, raise its value and take it to new heights – literally? Floating frames are a chic and modern picture framing option perfect for the home, office, art gallery or anywhere else you want your art displayed in style.

While traditional picture frames overlap with the edges of your masterpiece, floating frames sit delicately around it, making it appear as though it’s suspended in the air. Although it’s a relatively new picture framing technique, floating framing has been steadily growing in popularity. And it’s not hard to see why. Visually, floating frames add extra depth and dimension and create visual space around the picture so your eyes see it clearer. In a practical sense, a floating frame protects your artwork without the need to hide it behind glass.

If you’re in the South East Queensland area, Mobile Frames 2 U delivers floating frames directly to your door. Live in Brisbane, Toowoomba, the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast? We’ll pay you a visit and take you through our framing options in person.
So why should you choose floating frames and how do you make sure they showcase your artwork at its best? Here’s our brief guide to this unique framing technique.

Why choose a floating frame?

There are many reasons why you might choose floating frames for your artwork. Some come down to personal taste while some are more practical. These include:

Matching the surrounding décor

Maybe your picture is a completely different style or colour to the wall or the surrounding pictures. The right floating frame can tie everything in the room together so an artwork with a different style no longer stands out like a sore thumb.

The background of the canvas is the same colour as the wall

A canvas that blends in with your wallpaper will get lost instead of standing out. If you really want to create a focal point for the room, a floating frame helps make a picture pop.

You don’t want to damage the edges of your picture

A floating frame elevates your picture in the centre rather than enveloping it. This is great if your artwork is an area of the house where it may get bumped and you want to preserve its resale value.

You want to protect your painting but still want a modern look

Frameless hanging may be contemporary but it isn’t for everyone. A floating frame has a finished look that still looks chic, and it’s perfect for those who love the feel of canvas rather than glass.

Tips for styling floating frames

Tips for making floating frames look their best in your space include:

Choose a frame that looks good in different settings

You want to pick a versatile frame so that if you have to move it around, it looks good in multiple rooms.

Think about contrast

If you have a particularly striking work of art, you might want to balance it out by keeping the frame fairly simple.

Think about the look you want

There’s no right or wrong when you’re decorating your space your way, just better and worse approaches to achieving your goal. You might want a thicker frame for a modern feel, or a slimmer one for a more delicate touch. It’s worth thinking about how well the wall colour and surrounding décor complements the frame.


Plants, objects and even the right sort of mood lighting can enhance the visual appeal of a floating frame, whether it’s just for a one-off event or a permanent addition to the room.

Don’t overpower the artwork

It’s best that your floating frame draws attention to your artwork instead of outshining it. For this reason, the simple approach is often the best. A black and white floating frame, for example, always looks good around a black and white photograph.

Hang a gallery wall

You don’t have to be a gallery owner to see the benefits of a gallery wall. Hanging an assortment of pictures of similar style or theme on your wall with matching floating frames is a strong way to make an impression.

Hang floating frames with Mobile Frames 2 U

Most floating frames are fairly simple, made out of thin wooden canvases with gaps between the frame and the picture. But like other styles of picture framing, floating frames come in different depths, heights and styles to accommodate the variety of different canvases out there, and you can customise.

If you’re based in one of the areas of South East Queensland including Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast or Toowoomba, Mobile Frames 2 U will save you the hassle of traffic and rushing around and show up right at your door. We’ll take you through our vast range of options, let you pick the frame that best suits your style and offer you advice if necessary. Then we’ll prepare the finished product in our workshop, deliver it back to you and help you hang it. You don’t even have to step outside of your house, art gallery or workplace to liven up the interior of it.

For more information about our float frames, give Mobile Frames 2U a call on 1300 157 720 or request a free quote.

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