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May 28, 2015
College Life

You finished college and obtained a hard-earned degree – congratulations!

A guide to college diploma frames

This is a wonderful accomplishment of which you should be very proud, now you have a piece of paper that means the world. You’ll want to display your diploma with pride, and should take a few things into consideration first before purchasing a college diploma frame. After all, hanging up such an important document is more than just picking a frame and choosing a random spot on any wall. You’ll be able to dictate details like the color scheme and the specific kind of mat, so read on to make sure you make the right purchase for your wants and needs.

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Document Protection

Over the years, your diploma can become discolored, brittle or cracked. Look for a frame that will preserve your diploma and keep it like new for years to come. In particular, look for matting that has lignin-free materials, meaning that they won’t become acidic over time. For the glass of your frame, you may want to upgrade from standard versions to an option that offers document protection, including reflection control and conservation UV protection.

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Selecting the Mat

When it comes to the matting for your frame, you have a wide variety of colors and textures to choose from, especially if you choose a standard diploma display instead of school colors. When selecting the appropriate hue for your mat, think about where you will be hanging your diploma. If the room in which this will be hung has a particular color palette, you may want to stay within the parameters of that theme. However, you certainly don’t want the matting to be overly matched with the surroundings; in fact, the walls and the diploma display should contrast one another. For example, with light colored walls you will want to select a dark colored mat, and vice versa. If you have patterned wallpaper, you will want to select a solid color for your mat.Another option to consider is whether or not you’d prefer to sport your school’s colors. OCM offers hundreds of university-specific college diploma frames for your buying pleasure. If you decide to go this route, be mindful of where you will be hanging your diploma to avoid clashing with the décor of the room.

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Frame Molding

When it comes to choosing the molding for your frame, choose the style that works best for your taste. There are many different types of finishes, which include mahogany, black, cherry, chestnut, and so on. You will also want to choose between a shine and a non-glossy look for your frame. Make sure that your molding compliments the color and style of your matting selection. For example, if you have a mat with a pattern, you may want to choose a simpler style of frame molding.

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Hanging your Frame

Now that you have chosen the frame and mat for your diploma, you are ready to hang it up and display it with pride. There is no “wrong way” to display your accomplishments, but we suggest hanging it where it will be easily visible. Make sure that there is proper light, and that it won’t get visually lost amongst other framed items like artwork or photos. Consider where it could provide you with the most inspiration. Perhaps, if hung in the bedroom, it can motivate you to face other challenges when first waking up; if hung in the study, it can remind you of how hard work pays off.Image 1

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