How to choose the perfect picture frame
Choosing which picture, you want to put on the wall is perhaps the easiest part of the task. The next step is to choose the right frame – one that not only enhances your photo but also transforms it into a true piece of art.
The good news is that it is really easy to choose a picture frame, once you know the basics. To help you with the basics, we’ve pulled together everything you need to know about metal, wooden, white or black picture frames.
Popular types of picture frames
There are a wide range of picture frame sizes and types available, and all sizes that we offer can be customised should they not match the size of your chosen artwork exactly.
Some of the most popular sizes we stock include:
Tips for choosing a frame:
Wooden Picture Frames
Wooden picture frames will give your art a warm and classic feel, as they are made from a natural material.
They range in colour from light to dark, depending on the finish used, and so give you lots of options for either complementing or contrasting with the image inside them.
Pictures with warmer tones – such as browns, oranges and reds – will pair better with darker wooden frames such as mahogany or walnut. Cooler toned images – such as lavender, green or blues – will look better with lighter wood frames such as ash, oak and pine.
When you are choosing a wooden frame, you also need to think about the rest of the décor in your home, and the room that the piece is going in. Wooden frames are usually available in a variety of styles – from plain to more ornate, detailed styles. Be sure to match your frame to your décor accordingly – whether it be country, chic, rustic or traditional.
Metallic Picture Frames
Metallic frames have a similar vibe to black and white frames, as they tend to give artwork a modern and trendy feel. They can also lift the colour of artwork, by making it more eye-catching and vibrant.
These types of frames can make a good choice for family portraits, wedding photos and even landscape shots – as they offer a classy appearance. More candid and relaxed shots will probably sit better in metallic picture frames or a black or white one.
Metallic picture frames are also great for black and white photographs, as they provide the photo with a contrasting colour to the photograph itself.
Black or White Picture Frames
Placing your artwork in a frame with a solid colour, such as black or white picture frames, can really draw the eye to your piece – especially when used appropriately.
Black frames tend to offer a more elegant and formal look, whereas white frames are seen as more casual in nature. However, both black and white frames offer a more modern and streamlined appearance than other frames.
A black picture frame will act as a contrast to the lighter features of your photograph, and help to highlight the darker ones. So, if you are thinking of using a black frame for your photographs, for example, make sure there are both light and dark tones in the picture in order to create a balanced look.
White frames work in a similar way to black frames, but will highlight the lighter features of your print, and act as a contrast to the darker ones. This is why they tend to work better for more casual and candid photographs.
It is quite a popular technique to place black and white, or monochrome, photos in this type of frame as it helps to create a stylish and artistic feel, especially if used to create a gallery wall.
Tips for creating a gallery wall
Talking of gallery walls – here are our top tips for creating one in your own home:
Once you have collected your items and decided what you want to hang, the next stage is to actually hang them:
Whatever type of frames you want – whether they be black, white, wooden or gold picture frames, we have five-star picture frames available in a wide variety of sizes.
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