Picture frames, along with furniture and artwork, are an important consideration in home decor. In fact, when considering one feature, you need to consider all three. The picture frame style and color you select needs to complement or be compatible with your furniture and the artwork it will display. You also need to know if your picture will stand alone as a focal point or if it will be grouped with other photos, like a family photo gallery. Whether you are displaying a stamp collection, postcard from a special vacation or an art print, you need to decide on the color, style and size of the frame to be used.
There are no set rules for the correct way to display a piece of artwork. There could be several attractive framing options for each piece of artwork. While personal preference is important, there are three frame designing basics that will help you in your decision:
Framing for the Artwork
This is a popular choice for designing the ideal display. Framing for the artwork is simply choosing the frame’s color and style based on the makeup of the artwork being framed. You have lots of flexibility with this design. You can use a simple metal frame on a vintage print or choose an ornate frame for a special vacation photo. Just remember that the focus should be on the artwork and the framing should complement the artwork, not detract from it.
Framing for the Room
Many times the colors in a favorite piece of artwork are pulled into the room and used for wall color, furniture upholstery and accents. With this approach the colors don’t need to be a perfect match but should be within the same color palette so the colors complement one another. The photo frame and artwork should also complement each other. Using a frame that is too heavy for a delicate piece of artwork looks awkward and distracts the eye from the artwork. When you frame for the room, you need to consider the style and character of the room so you match your photo frames and artwork to add beauty and interest to your decor.
Framing for Personal Preference
What better way to express yourself and your creativity then in your home’s decor. Whether you prefer a formal look or a fun and funky look, there are frames and artwork to fit your style. Bright color mats beautifully showcase black and white photographs for a fun look, or for a classic look frame your photos in simple black picture frames. Let your personality shine in your home by choosing art that appeals to you and then framing it in your own unique style. Personal preference is just that – what appeals to you and expresses your own individuality. Have fun with your picture framing designs but be sure your framing and artwork choices make for a cohesive, eye pleasing look.