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Picture Framing

Professional and high-quality art and picture framing services in Edinburgh and Lothian


Colinton Arts, established in 1981, is an Edinburgh-based, family run Picture Framer serving Edinburgh and the central belt of Scotland.  Our aim is to provide all of our customers with a top quality picture framing service. Led by Lindsey and Cath, our professional picture framing team take great pride in the quality and level of service we offer all of our clients.  We start by asking you to think about the following questions:

  • What is your preference in terms of framing styles- traditional or modern contemporary?
  • What is the colour scheme of the area your picture is going in?
  • Will this be the statement piece in the room?
  • Will there be other pictures in close proximity?
  • Is the area exposed to a great deal of light and would glare be an issue?
  • Is the picture valuable?
  • What is your budget?

If you would like to discuss any of these points or have any picture framing questions of your own then please contact us to have a chat over the phone or arrange a meeting in our shop.

For more details of our picture framing techniques please see below.  No framing job is too big or too small for us to carry out. We offer the same level of care and expertise to all customers and the number of repeat customers we have is a testament to our great service.

Bespoke Picture Framing Edinburgh

Bespoke Picture Framing Edinburgh

Wide Range Of Picture Frames

Wide Range Of Picture Frames

Frequently Asked Picture Framing Questions from our Edinburgh Customers

What is the purpose of a mount in a picture frame?

The practical element of the mount is to keep the glazing off your artwork and, together with the right frame, will help to enhance your work.

How do I choose the right colour of mount for a picture?

Your choice of mount will either need to pick up the minor colour in your artwork or be a neutral colour so as not to draw the eye away from the piece itself. You will not need a mount when framing an oil or a canvas.

Which glass is best to use on my artwork?

Standard glass has a reasonable UV protection but for higher value artwork and especially water colours, it is advised to go with UV Glass. This glass cuts out almost all damaging UV rays. Should you have the need to display your artwork in a high light environment, we recommend anti-reflective glass which also has a high UV protection rating and eliminates most of the glaze and reflection. For larger pieces of artwork, Perspex is recommended due to weight and size constraints on sheet glass of 1200 x 800cm.

How do you frame a rugby jersey?

We use a deep rebate frame with spacers to ensure the jersey is kept away from the glass. We stretch your jersey over mount board securing it with fabric tags. The jersey is then secured to a backing board of your chosen colour. The back is taped up to keep moisture out.

How do I keep my picture framing costs down?

Meet the framer with a budget in mind. Be prepared to be flexible on your amount though as a frame that may cost more than anticipated might look the best. The framer, however, will suggest mouldings within your budget range and help to keep your costs down by using less expensive materials.

How long will picture framing take?

We do our framing on site and we are very accommodating with your needs. But stock levels do play a role. If we have the material and you need your piece urgently, we will prioritize that job. However, materials may take a few days to be delivered and depending on how busy we are, the general lead time is two weeks.


For information on other aspects of picture framing please click on a link below.  If don’t find the answer you are looking for please contact us.

Producing a quality framed picture requires high quality equipment and skilled operators.

New customers often ask if our picture framing is done by our own staff and on our premises. All picture framing and associated work is undertaken in our workshop adjoining the gift shop and gallery. Therefore, your valuable piece will remain with us until the job is completed, avoiding the obvious risks of entrusting the work to third parties. However, there are rare circumstances where picture restoration or repair is required by a professional restorer. In such circumstances, we will always notify you of the extent of the work and the name of the restorer we consider competent.

Purpose designed machinery is essential if we are to produce the best product promptly for our clients. If you are based in Edinburgh and have something special to frame, why not get in touch to discover more about the options available to you?

1. Frame Cutting


A Morso guillotine provides accurate control over mitre cuts of frame mouldings. A precision mitre cut will ensure a neat and strong join at each corner of the frame.

2. Frame Jointing


A computer controlled compressed air underpinner from Cassese provides accurate control over alignment and butting of the frame moulding during the joining of mitres. Pre-programming for the many frame moulding shapes ensures consistent accuracy and cycle times.

3. Mount Cutting


A precision semi-automatic mount cutter ensures consistent and accurate single and multiple apertures are created in a simple and effective manner. Double mounts and V-grooved decor around the mount is done with ease from the basic foundations set up for the mount on our equipment.

4. Dry Mounting


Many forms of artwork look their best if dry mounted onto a rigid supporting medium, especially photographs, posters and work which may be creased or cockled. For this purpose, we use a heat activated vacuum bonding press. Although it is possible to reverse dry mounting, archival or original works should not be dry mounted without considering the long-term implications for the artwork.

5. Assembly

Our attention to detail in assembly methods and the appearance of your artwork is of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, if we are in any doubt over your selection of frame or mount while your artwork is in our process, we will call you to review the situation. Further, we encourage the use of conservation level framing. In this way, we ensure your picture is correctly assembled and offered the best level of protection.

6. Standards

Our skills and services are wide ranging, including framing up to museum level if the artwork warrants this. We can frame pretty much anything including memorabilia, medals, coins, needlework, textiles, tapestries, and fabrics, oils on board or canvas, photographs, watercolours, charcoals, and pastels.

There are five levels of picture framing which use different qualities of materials and framing techniques.

As this affects the cost and, more importantly, the level of protection and conservation for the artwork, a brief description of each is given below for your guidance.

Minimum– Framing to a minimum quality and budget and is only suitable for low-value items. We do not recommend framing at this level.

Budget Framing– This is for the budget conscious using basic grade material but is not recommended for any items of value.

Commended– Framing for items of moderate commercial or sentimental value but using “standard” material – this is an acceptable method.

Conservation– This is our preferred level of workmanship (as all techniques are reversible) and uses conservation grade material to protect the artwork.

Museum– This is the highest quality level of framing and uses expensive high grade inert and filtered materiel for lifetime protection and image quality.

For more framing advice, contact us or visit the Fine Art Trade Guild website:

7. Glazing

There are over fifteen glazing options for a framed work, glass and perspex options being the most common. Mirror aside, the choice of glass separates products that offer protection from damaging effects of ultra violet rays (artificial and natural) and those that can offer an almost clear view (minimising the effects of reflection).

8. Conservation

Much of the glazing used in art is unobtrusive depending upon the exposure to light, humidity and temperature changes. Colour fading from ultra violet sources is by far the most common damage. Stains and foxing can be bleached out and careful selection of paper with reduced acid levels by the artists for their works can help preservation. However, colour lost through fading cannot be restored.

Glazing with a U.V filter blocks out over 98% of U.V radiation and preserves family heirlooms, thus ensuring investments retain their value.

9. Reflection

If irritating reflections are likely to occur on a glazed picture exposed to a strong light source (large windows/patio doors) it is worth considering reflection controlled glazing material. Acid-etched, diffused or “non-reflective” (inappropriately named) glass is a budget option, but clarity will be lost, giving a hazy appearance and cannot be recommended for the clear display of the work. The correct solution is to use an optically coated reflection controlled glass, giving the clearest picture glass clarity available.

10. Materials

Although we display and stock over 250 popular frame designs, over 3000 designs are available from our principle suppliers usually at short notice (within 3 working days) and can be selected from our catalogues. For important works where the finish or colour is important we can obtain sample pieces within a few days.

Our range of mount boards exceed the minimum standards appropriate for each level of framing. The preservation as well as the presentation of your artwork is of considerable importance to us and we will guide you on the best selection of quality appropriate to your artwork.

11. Hand Finishes

Few framers have the skills or willingness to offer the comprehensive range of hand finishes. Our range of plain (bare-faced) natural wood mouldings – oak, beech, ash and maple, look good with just a wax finish, whilst we can also stain and/or lime wax ash and oak to bring out the grain. These as well as obeche and ramin can be painted with any design or style you wish, matching the room’s decor.

12. Memorabilia


Rugby shirt prepared for collection with protection corners and cello-wrapped

We have all acquired memorabilia, be it an heirloom or a presentation, and as we do not know how to display it, it is filed away in the deepest cupboard or attic. The other option is to frame it and enjoy the memories it recalls. Items we have framed are extensive and we believe we can frame most things, as long as they remain still long enough.