Our “True Love” Guarantee

Our “True Love” Guarantee

Our industry-leading “True Love” Guarantee includes a 30-day guarantee on the design and a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship. If you don’t love the look of your finished framed artwork, we will redesign your piece within 30 days of the sale, within the same price range – at no additional charge.

We offer such an extraordinary guarantee because we are absolutely sure we can meet or beat your expectations.

What Makes Fastframe Different?

FastFrame has become the leader in custom picture framing by offering you expert design and craftsmanship, a fast turnaround time and our exclusive “Design & Craftsmanship Guarantee.”

First, FastFrame stores are individually owned and operated. Each of our dedicated owners and their staff are thoroughly trained in the latest custom picture framing techniques and materials as well as current decorating trends. This allows them to give you the look, style and quality you want to display in your home or office.

Second, because we carry many moulding, mat and glazing products in our stores, our turnaround time is extremely fast. If you need your framed art returned to you quickly, you can get your piece framed and returned to you the same day. Our expert picture framers are able to do this without sacrificing quality and at no additional cost to you. But, what if you select a special order frame or mat? While it may take a bit longer to complete your order, we can still beat the normal industry turnaround time of two weeks or more. 

And finally, our “Design and Craftsmanship Guarantee” truly sets us apart in the picture framing industry. Simply put, we will guarantee the craftsmanship of your framed piece for a lifetime and we will guarantee your satisfaction with the design for 30 days from the time of delivery. If you are not completely satisfied with your finished framed artwork, we will redesign and frame your piece, using materials within the same price range, for FREE! If the new design includes a frame or matting that is more expensive than the original selection, we only ask that you pay the difference. We couldn’t offer such an extraordinary guarantee if we were not absolutely sure we could meet or beat your expectations.

That’s the FastFrame difference: Owners dedicated to quality and craftsmanship, fast turnaround and our Design & Craftsmanship Guarantee.

About FastFrame

FastFrame was founded in 1986 in Thousand Oaks, California. Retail stores are located throughout the United States and internationally in Brazil, The Bahamas, and Barbados.

FastFrame stores are owner-operated, providing personal design and quality custom picture framing services for residential customers and commercial clients. When you visit a FastFrame store, you will receive an in-depth, personal design consultation so we can best serve your unique framing needs.

Stores offer immediate turnaround using state of the art, on-site custom framing equipment. Our locations can create the highest industry quality custom frames in as little as 24 hours.

Your frame is backed by a unique 30-Day Design Guarantee, and a Lifetime Guarantee on the Craftsmanship of the product.

Our Services - Commercial Services

Commercial Services

The artwork and documents you display make a powerful first impression for your business or organization. Our design consultants will help you choose custom framing designs to impress your clients and inspire your staff.

Custom framing can be tailored to the style of your offices and industry – whether on-trend, sophisticated, innovative or traditional. When you are seeking to showcase art or your business identity, Fastframe of Santa Monica will help you get down to business.

Common Items for Commercial Services

• Licenses

• Certificates

• Mission Statements

• Office Décor Same as above

Our Services - Mirrors

Mirrors

Custom framing can turn a practical mirror into a creative reflection of your personal style. By using distinctive frames that match your taste and decor, framed mirrors can draw light into darker areas or create the illusion of more space in a room.

Whether you want to incorporate an heirloom antique mirror into your décor or hang a mirror to check your appearance before a client enters your office, talk with our design consultants. At Fastframe of Santa Monica, we know how to create a look that mirrors your taste.

Our Services - Glazing

Glazing

Choosing the right custom framing for your art can light up any room. Unfortunately, the effects of ultraviolet rays from indoor and outdoor light can damage artwork, photographs, documents and collectibles. That’s why we offer Glazing that reflects 99% of ultraviolet rays, preserving yourartwork against damaging elements. We also offer museum-grade Glazing that scatters light, reducing the glare from windows and lamps, makingyour displayed works more visible.

The full range of Tru Vue® glass and acrylic products are available at all of our locations. Let our design consultants recommend the right Glazing product to protect your treasures and show them in the best light.

Our Services - Shadowboxes

Shadowboxes

Your life is lived in three dimensions. That’s why the deep frame of our Shadowboxes allows you to display treasured 3-D keepsakes such as pressed flowers, sports memorabilia, military regalia and souvenirs. Mix items to commemorate a milestone occasion, recall a beloved vacation or give as a heartfelt gift.

The custom framing of 3-D Shadowboxes can be hung on a wall or will stand upright on furniture, shelves and countertops. So why keep your memories in the shadows? Our craftsmen will create Shadowboxes to enjoy today and safeguard for future generations.

Common Items to Display in Shadowboxes

• Seashells

• Travel Memories

• Military Awards

• Clothing

• Collector’s Items

Our Services - Photography

Photography

Photographs are truly snapshots of your family’s history. They could be pictures from graduations, vacations, weddings or even artistic creations. Let Fastframe of Santa Monica take those photographs and turn them into lasting memories.

Our design consultants will help you decide between framing a large, signature photo in its own frame or grouping photos in a multiple-opening mat. The frame can be made to be displayed on the wall or atop furniture. Our conservation-quality materials, which include our matting, mounting and glazing options, can protect fragile photography from fading, discoloration or tearing. We’ll make them the picture of style.

Our Services - Special Occasions

Special Occasions

When you have cherished photographs or memorabilia from once-in-a-lifetime events, only one-of-a-kind custom framing will do. Our design consultants will create a distinctive design you’ll be proud to display on a wall, coffee table or desk in your home or office. 

Once-in-a-lifetime keepsakes need to last a lifetime. That’s why Fastframe of Santa Monica offers framing, matting and mounting techniques that shield and protect your memorabilia. We use only those materials and techniques that meet the high standards set by industry experts. After all, items with sentimental value are truly priceless.

Common Items for Special Occasions

• Diplomas

• Awards

• Weddings

• Baby Showers

Our Services - Memorabilia

Memorabilia

The definition of “Memorabilia” is an item or items that evoke a pleasant or loving memory from times past. At Fastframe of Santa Monica, we respect those items that you treasure. Our design consultants will recommend custom frames, matting and mounting techniques that show off your memorabilia at its best. For memorabilia of sentimental value, upon which we cannot truly place a value, we offer Preservation Plus™ Framing, so what you cherish will not perish over time.

Whether your passion is sports jerseys, stamps, puzzles, foreign currency, ticket stubs, concert posters or childhood milestones, we have a passion for keeping your memories alive.

Our Services - Artwork

Artwork

Every piece of artwork you bring to Fastframe of Santa Monica is important to you, so it is important to us. Your artwork might be a personal masterpiece that you or your child created, something that evokes memories from a vacation or a true investment for your valuable collection.

Our design consultants work closely with you on selecting a frame and matting to best showcase your paintings, drawings, prints and mixed media. For original artwork, limited editions, and rare and precious works, our Preservation Plus™ Framing envelopes your artwork in an acid-free environment that will preserve and protect it for years to come.

5 Ways FastFrame Can Help You Say Goodbye to Boring Walls

Friends pop into your home. Business associates or customers step inside your office. They all enter happy and glad to see you; two minutes later they’re sad and can’t wait to flee.

 

Why? They caught a glimpse of your walls and were dismayed by the monotony and sterility staring them in the face.

 

When people venture into your living spaces or your work areas, they want to encounter walls that give off warmth and good vibes. They want to gaze at walls that spark emotional connection – connection to your home or office, connection to you and your creativity.

 

Unfortunately, monotonous and sterile walls prevent such connection.

 

The solution is a two-step process.

 

First, acknowledge that your walls have a problem. Say aloud, “My walls are boring.”

 

Second, and this is the really important part, vow that from this day forward your walls will no longer be boring. Say aloud, “Goodbye, boring walls!”

 

Now that you’ve said goodbye to boring walls, it’s time to take action. Here are five ways the experts at FastFrame can help you send dullness packing.

 

  1. Go wild with custom frames. A 2016 Huffington Post article (updated earlier this year) addressed the problem of what to do with uninteresting walls. Many remedies were on offer, some great and others no so much. Tellingly, though, almost half of the 53 solutions specified use of custom framing while another 25 percent practically cried out for custom frames as a necessary finishing touch. The authors probably should have consulted with the experts at any local FastFrame store for some professional advice about that. After all, that’s what the FastFrame experts are there for.

 

  1. Keep it fresh. Interior design specialists say that, however you dress your walls, be sure to change things up every so often to prevent staleness from setting in. This doesn’t mean you need to replace your FastFrame custom frames once a month or even once per season. But, as FastFrame experts caution, if your wall displays are encased in so many layers of cobwebs that they resemble props from a Halloween haunted house, then it’s definitely time to recalibrate for freshness.

 

  1. Mix it up. The décor police will not come and arrest you for accenting your walls with an eclectic mix of custom-framed items. There’s no rule compelling you to display only photos. Or to display only memorabilia. Or only artwork. It’s perfectly acceptable – and even desirable in some instances – to showcase a cacophony of images and objects on the same wall. Talk to the experts at your nearest FastFrame for guidance in pulling this off brilliantly.

 

  1. Defy convention. A gallery of custom frames with nothing inside them makes for an eye-catching and conversation-launching wall display. Empty frames work for the same reason that skilled artists like to sometimes color outside the lines: it shakes up expectations.

 

  1. Reflect upon your situation. One of the best ways to say goodbye to boring walls is with the use of mirrors, custom-framed of course. The cool thing about mirrors is they not only make a wall come alive, they also fool the eye into seeing the room as considerably larger than it actually is. FastFrame offers an extensive selection of frames to fit whatever size or type of mirror you want mounted.

 

Bottom line: help your guests and visitors feel truly welcome by giving your walls personality and charm. The custom-framing experts at FastFrame are your first choice when it comes to help saying goodbye to boring walls.

Framing Decisions: What Type of Wood Do You Like? (3 of 3)

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  • Beech: Beech is a hard, strong, heavy wood with tiny pores and large conspicuous rays, sometimes similar in appearance to maple. This relatively inexpensive wood has reddish brown heartwood and light sapwood. Quarter sliced and half round cut beech veneers are commonly used.

 

  • Walnut: Walnut is one of the most versatile and popular woods for cabinet making and other household projects. Walnut is strong, hard, and durable without being excessively heavy. In addition to these excellent woodworking qualities, it takes finishes well. Walnut is light to dark chocolate brown in color with a straight grain in the trunk. It is often used in 18th century reproductions.

 

Now that you know a bit more about each of these types of wood, talk to Fastframe of Santa Monica to decide which one is best for dressing your cherished memories.

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  • Cherry: This wood is moderately hard and strong with a closed grain and light red-brown color. Cherry is durable and good for frames because it resists warping and checking. It is easy to carve and polish, and cherry veneers and solids are used in a variety of styles. Cherry has been called “New England mahogany,” and it is often used to craft 18th century, Colonial, and French Provincial designs.

 

  • Mahogany: There are many different grades and species sold under this name, which vary widely in quality and price. Mahogany is thought to be one of the hardest, strongest, and best quality woods available. It is used extensively in the crafting of Georgian, Empire, and Federal reproduction furniture, so Mahogany frames will match well if you already have pieces in those styles.

 

  • Oak: Oak is a heavy, strong, light colored hardwood and is the most widely used. This type of hardwood is the most popular wood for crafting American and English country designs. It is also used for Gothic and William & Mary reproductions, as well as many transitional and contemporary pieces.

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Framing Decisions: What Type of Wood Do You Like? (1 of 3)

Frames are like clothes: they dress our memories with an elegance that makes our memories even more beautiful. And just as with fashion, one must know what type of clothing to wear to match the occasion.

One of the most commonly used frame types is wood. Wood brings elegance and sophistication with a hint of vintage feel to it. In order to appreciate the beauty of wood framing, you must know the different types of woods. Each type brings different characteristic to your home.

Here’s a quick guide to help you identify the type of wood to frame your cherished wall art or memorabilia.

  • Poplar: Poplar grows across most of the eastern U.S. and is the softest of the hardwoods we offer. It is also the least expensive and easiest to work with. Poplar does well with veneers and is yellowish-white in color.

 

  • Maple: This type of wood is very hard, heavy, and strong. It is resistant to abrasion, it sands beautifully, and stains well. There are 115 species of maple, but only 5 commercially important species grow in the U.S.

 

  • Ash: Ash is a hard, heavy porous hardwood. It has a prominent grain that resembles oak and is colored between white and light brown. Ash is widely used for structural frames and can be steam bent, which is sometimes seen in furniture pieces. It is often less expensive than comparable hardwoods.

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5 Questions to Prepare for Your Framer

You’re heading to Fastframe of Santa Monica, ready to bring your vision to life.

Pat yourself on the back – you’re taking the right steps! A seasoned framing expert can make all the difference in your project. But, don’t discount your own knowledge and input!

Your framer will likely ask you some questions to ensure your frame will complement your home, the piece, and your personal style. Here are some questions to think about before you get to your local FastFrame:

 

1. “How large is your space?”

You don’t want your frame to feel disproportionate to the space. The height and width of your walls will help determine the style, size, and shape that will best fit the space. Most homes have ceilings that are at least 7 feet high, but every home is different. Bust out the tape measure and take note for your framer.

2. “What color are your walls?”

Go beyond a generic description of your wall color to really paint the picture for your framer. Emphasize undertones and any other paint colors featured in your room. Pictures are a great place to start, but bringing in a paint swatch is even better!

3. “What wood tone is your furniture and flooring?”

Dark? Light? Cherry? This information will help your framer select the right frame to match or complement your room.

4. “How would you define your home décor style?”

Maybe you’re modern and trendy, or classic and elegant, or even shabby chic – no matter your style, your local FastFrame has hundreds of styles to choose from, and your framer knows exactly which ones will complete your look.

5. “Do you have any inspirations?”

Fabric samples, photos, paint swatches – anything! The more you bring in for reference, the better. Are there any displays that inspire you? Or concepts you’d like to avoid? Search sites like Pinterest and Houzz to find things you like and dislike.

Don’t know the answers? Not a problem.

Even if you don’t know where to start, FastFrame has you covered. Our framers can take you from vague concept to a beautiful completed piece. Framing is our specialty, and we have decades of experience creating the perfect piece for all kinds of spaces. So, don’t feel like you have to have all the answers! Wherever you are starting, come on in and let’s create something beautiful together.

What is Tru-Vue? (3 of 3)

Fastframe’s Choice for Quality Glazing Products

At Fastframe of Santa Monica, we use the highest quality glazing products to insure you will receive years of enjoyment from your framed art and cherished memorabilia. By utilizing the wide range of glazing options available from Tru Vue™, our expert designers can create a beautiful and high-quality framing presentation for any of your framing needs.

To learn more about the range of products offered by Tru-Vue™, visit their website at http://tru-vue.com. Or, better yet, drop by your local FastFrame store where our expert designers and craftsman can help you select the right glazing option.  

What is Tru-Vue? (2 of 3)

The Importance of Using Quality Glazing Products

 

Using the best choice of framing and matting is important to the overall esthetics of your framed piece.  Equally important is your glazing choice for your art and memorabilia.  

At Fastframe of Santa Monica, we frame many important and valuable pieces of art and personal memories. It is our goal to insure they remain well preserved over time. There are many different factors that may cause a piece to deteriorate with age. Among these are light, environment and handing procedures.  

We recommend using the Tru-Vue™ series of Conservation grade glass and acrylic to protect your piece from the harmful effects of Ultra Violet rays.UV rays, either from sunlight or indoor lighting, can cause colors to fade and materials to weaken over time. Tru-Vue™ Conservation grade glazings provide 99% UV protection, the highest percentage of protection available today. This added protection insures that your precious artwork, keepsakes and collectables can be admired and cherished for years to come.

Using quality glazing can also protect your memories from indoor pollution, providing a barrier between the environment and your artwork. And there are also those unforeseen “oops” moments that occur around the house. Whether it’s a spilled drink or a child with a box of crayons, glazing can help protect your artwork from those accidental occurrences. When safety is a major concern, Tru-Vue™ has a line of scratch and shatter resistant acrylics. Whether it’s a child’s bedroom or a commercial setting where people congregate, safety is a concern that cannot be overlooked.

What is Tru-Vue? (1 of 3)

Tru-Vue™ Glazing Protects and Preserves Your Most Beloved Pieces

One of the many different materials that help create your perfect custom frame is glass and acrylic. As a major component in framing, using quality glazing is a key part of showcasing the beauty and detail in any art piece or treasured memory.

At Fastframe of Santa Monica, we use the highest quality glass and acrylic from Tru-Vue™ to ensure that your artwork and memorabilia are protected and preserved for years to come.  

Adding Value Through Custom Framing (3 of 3)

Artistic Presentation Adds Value to Your Framed Piece

From the tone and texture of the frame, to the color selection and materials used in the matting, our designers look at every small detail to ensure a high quality and artistically pleasing framed piece.  Our designs will compliment your piece, not compete with it.  By using elements that bring out the true beauty of your artwork, we can create a design that truly presents the emotional and aesthetic value of your treasures.

You can place your precious memories on a shelf to collect dust or into a box for safe keeping.  By choosing to custom frame them, you allow yourself and others to share in the emotional value you place on these treasures.  Presentation is the key to adding aesthetic and emotional value to anything you wish to frame.

When presentation is everything, trust the expert designers and framers at Fastframe of Santa Monica.  

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