How to Choose Picture Frames for your Home

From the classical, to the minimalist, to the modern, there is a huge range of frames to choose from. In this article, we'll tell you how to make the right choice.
How to Choose Picture Frames for your Home

Last update: 31 December, 2018

There’s often a huge range of frames to choose from, which makes selecting the right one all the more difficult. When you arrive at the store, you find yourself faced with the tedious task of deciding which frame is best.

More and more people are following the trend of using frames to decorate their walls. Nowadays, it’s really fashionable to put photos, posters, quotes and paintings on our walls.

So, in this article, we’ll give you some ideas on how you can make the very most of your walls and make the right choice when it comes to choosing your frames.

Canvas color

The color of the frame should be in harmony with the colors on the canvas. Black and wooden frames are always a great choice, as they go well with pretty much everything.

If the painting features more muted colors, you could go for a frame with eye-catching colors, to really draw attention to your painting. On the other hand, if it is painted in bright colors, you should choose a more understated frame.

Silver or gold frames are ideal if you have decorated your walls with bold prints. Their reflective metallic finish helps to amplify the effect of the patterned wall, creating a really striking combination.

Another point to keep in mind is the location of the frame. The color you choose for your frame will depend on the color of the wall and the lighting in that space.

Size of the frame

It’s also important to consider the dimensions of your wall. If you have a very large wall, you can really play around with space by putting up several frames of different sizes.

If, on the other hand, you have a small wall, it’s best not to overfill it with too many frames. In this case, you could go for a single, medium-sized frame.

For the bolder among you, combining different styles of frames can be a great look. As long as you don’t go too over the top, playing around with shapes, sizes and materials will give your room a really unique touch.

The room

Now let’s take a look at what works best in different rooms. If you’re decorating the living room, for example, you could choose paintings that inspire you, or that you simply like. One popular trend is to hang pictures with geometric shapes and patterns.

Paintings that feature relaxing landscapes are a really good idea for bedrooms. But if you don’t like classical paintings, you could also hang pictures of your favorite characters, singers, or actors.

You could also put up family photos, or photos you’re really proud of. You could actually choose to display these types of photos in glass cases and forget the frame altogether.

Another idea might be to choose watercolor paintings and put them in contrasting frames to create a really eye-catching display.

Frames: materials

The most common materials for frames are wood and aluminum. These materials also work best aesthetically and can be painted a whole range of different colors.

Both aluminum and wood are really strong and hard-wearing materials. This allows for greater versatility when it comes to adding the canvas. Plus, in their natural state, both these materials come in fairly neutral colors.

Frame dimensions

You can find frames in all different sizes. Normally, antique-style frames are larger and more ornate, whereas more modern ones are smaller and more discreet.

The empty frame trend

One trend that is really popular at the moment is hanging frames without actually putting anything in them. This allows you to choose bolder, more daring designs, and really draw attention to them. Plus, they look even better if you hang them on a white or pastel-colored wall.

One type of frame that looks really great is the vintage frame. They are treated to create an aged effect, a look which you can actually create yourself at home. You could simply take a frame that you don’t like or no longer use, and paint them whatever color you like best (as long as it works well with the color of the wall).

Obviously, there is no type of frame that is perfect for everything. This is where personal taste and style come into play. Frames can have a huge effect on your home, so it’s important to treat them just like any other decorative element and make sure they match the rest of the decor.

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