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Best tips on what frames to pick for your home

Gone through the family home in the later years, and noticed how many different styled picture frames were hanging around? Without any nuance of uniformity, of course.

 

How can you pick frames that fit in with your home? In the following post, we will discuss how to do just that, by:

Let's dig deeper!

 

Blend in or stand out

When trying to figure out what frame to go for, a good tip is to think whether you want your piece to blend in, or stand out. If you find it hard to make the decision this early on - here is a helpful guide that will make it easier to decide:

 

Common Practices

The good ol’ family photo goes generally well with either black or white frames - the regulars. They are a classic choice, especially if you use the same style of frame for every picture, as it will give off a sense of uniformity, even if the color of your frame varies.

 

You can also use this practice outside the family photographs, when shopping frames for posters, it is a great idea to pick a color from the motif, and use for the frame.

 

Black and white poster print with a black sleek frame

Black frames

Black is a bold color, associated with professionalism, sophistication, mystery and elegance - to name a few. It is a versatile color which helps gravitate any visitor's gaze towards your display. If your walls have a lighter color, darker frames will make a nice distinction between the two elements.

Choosing a dark, simple frame for black and white photos, can help solidify the overall theme, and makes for a good choice when paired with family photographs.

 

 

White poser print with white frame

White frames

White is in many ways the opposite of black - with its sense of purity, simplicity and openness. A white frame eases your display into the room, with a minimalistic touch. Its tenderness offers a visually pleasing backdrop without stealing attention from the motif. It opens up for a lot of different styles when it comes to what pieces of art you want to frame.

White - when paired with a lighter wall color, serves well on contemporary frames to avoid stealing the focus from the art piece itself.

 

Color Harmony

To make everything blend nicely, consider using the same color tone as your walls. This practice can create a balanced, visually pleasing environment, where the frame and wall complement each other. By coordinating these elements, you'll end up with an easygoing atmosphere for your room.

Orange contemporary art with wooden frame hanging on a orange themed living room

In the image above, both the frame and the poster print, use the same warm undertones found in the room's color palette. This makes for a solid and coherent theme.

 

If you want a picture in let’s say - a gallery wall to stand out, you can swap out one of the frames with a different color. This can be a color complementing or harmonizing with the wall color, one complimenting the other frames or one with a slight variation of the tone of the other frames.

 

This is a great way to make that one picture pop, and steal your guest’s focus.

 

If you want to become more confident about using color theory practically, you can do so here.

 

Compliment your furniture

Another fun way of unifying the look of your home, is making sure that your frames compliment your furniture. There are a handful of ways of doing this:

 

Follow the color scheme

Again with the harmony - if your frames share the same undertones as your furniture, it can create a harmonious feel. Does your room have a theme when it comes to tone?  Does it have a set of cooler tones or does it wield warmer ones, like the example above?

 

Colorful sand poster print with a natural wooden frame, hanging over a wooden desk

Materials

It's a good idea to pick the same material found in your furniture - for your frame.

To create a coherent décor image, you can match the natural wood legs on your couch, with the same colored wood for your frame. If you have furniture that has black sleek metal legs, then perhaps choose a black sleek frame, for a formal look.

 

It's really as simple as that, to create a more coherent color scheme in your home by using the specific colors and materials found in your furniture.

 

Style match-up

Match up your choice of frame with the style of your furniture. Is your furniture minimalistic, modern, sleek, classy, traditional.? Then opt for a frame that has the same style to achieve an overall unified appearance.

 

For example; if you have a beautiful Chesterfield one-seater in your lounge, then a gorgeous ornate frame would justify the exclusive theme. Whereas a white contemporary frame might not do the trick.

 

Choosing an ornate frame is a good choice if you have traditional furniture, while minimalist frames better complement modern furniture.

 

Colorful office space

Ambiance

What ambience does your room have? Is it a cozy living room, a professional office space? Identify the room you are working with and decide on what frame style fits in. Remember the importance of color theory and symbolism.

 

Focals

You can draw attention to certain parts of your room by matching the functionality and size of the furniture with your frame.

For example; a large sitting group requires a large, bolder frame to compete with the attention of the space as a whole.

 

The most common mistake is hanging a small frame, way too high up on the wall, by a large sitting group.

It is also common to hang large paintings by a small coffee nook, which overpowers the cozy ambiance of the space.

Both these scenarios make the framed piece seem out of place.

The size of your picture and where you hang it, plays a huge role in making it fit in with the room.

 

Contrast

You can also go the complete opposite route and pick a frame that contrasts the style, material, ambiance or color of your furniture, this generally attracts more attention to your piece, than if you would select the same style or a complimentary color. Experiment to see what looks like unicorn puke, and what works.

 

Black and white sand dune poster print, with a white mat board and black frame

Pair thickness and colors

If there is one takeaway from this post, then it is to pick the right color and thickness of your frame, as these are the two most important aspects when it comes to picking the correct frame.

 

A sleek minimalistic home, with trimless walls and a overall muted color palette, can present you with two options; aligning your frame with the rest of the room, and going for a thin black or white frame, or you have the opportunity - since the rest of your space draws little attention, to go all out with a captivating frame, and make it the focal point of your home.

 

There are many choices if you decide on a thin frame as well, you could match the color palette of the walls to ease the motif into the room, or pick a frame with a contrasting color to match the style of the room, but still help the piece demand attention.

 

Durability

It is worth noting that when you do decide on a frame, you will lengthen the lifespan of your art indefinitely, as it will protect your favorite pieces from dust, wear and tear - especially when moving it around. You are also safe from any happy little accidents that may occur. Framing them is definitely the best option.

 

Options

Currently we have but one option for frames in store - a black sleek frame made from pinewood, but fret not! The catalog’s frame selection is expanding. You can keep yourself updated in the news section on our website.

 

Conclusion

In a nutshell, master the art of frame selection by balancing the blend in or stand out approach.

 

Begin with the choice of blending in your art or make it stand out. From there, look at the overall aesthetic of the room and figure out what you want to achieve with the final result. Remember to keep color theory (the color wheel), harmonizing and complimenting the other elements of the room, in mind for the best result.

 

As a final note, don’t be afraid of experimenting with contrasts for a more dramatic effect - when it comes to style, materials, ambiance, and colors.



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