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How to Choose A Picture Frame

Aug 24, 2023

Selecting the perfect frame for your picture or artwork involves considering various factors to harmonize and elevate the piece to a new level. Simply put, it is a blend of art and emotion. Colors, styles and textures unite; providing a visual delight, to make your piece truly shine.

Here are some tips to help you choose the right frame:

  1. Consider the Artwork Style: The frame should harmonize with the style of the artwork. For traditional and classic pieces, Ornate and decorative frames may work well, while modern and contemporary art might benefit from Traditional and Modern frames.

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  1. Complement the Colors: Look for a frame that complements the colors in your artwork. You can either choose a frame with a color that matches a dominant hue in the piece or opt for a neutral frame that won't overpower the artwork. Use the Shop by Color selection on the homepage of Pictureframes.com.

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  1. Match the Theme: Consider the subject or theme of your artwork. For example, landscape paintings might look great in Rustic and Natural wood frames, while abstract art could pair well with unconventional or Boho frames.

  2. Take the Size into Account: Ensure that the frame's dimensions are proportional to the artwork's size. A frame that is too small or too large can distract from the artwork's impact.

  3. Mind the Matting: If you plan to use a mat (a border between the artwork and the frame), choose its color and size carefully. Mats can add an elegant touch and help accentuate the artwork.

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  1. Assess the Frame Material: Frames are available in various materials like wood, metal and more. Consider the overall aesthetics and the environment where the artwork will be displayed to select the most appropriate material.

  2. Think about Conservation: For valuable or sensitive artwork, consider using archival paper prints, or ensuring foamcore backing and heavy-duty acrylic covers are included in your framing materials to protect against damage and deterioration.

  3. Test Different Options: Upload a photo or printout of your artwork on pictureframes.com homepage and try out different frames to see how they look together. This can give you a better sense of what works best for what you envisioned.

  4. Consider the Display Location: Think about where you will hang the artwork. The frame should suit the room's decor and ambiance, enhancing the overall atmosphere.

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  1. Seek Professional Advice: If you're unsure about the best frame for your artwork, don't hesitate to seek guidance from a professional framer or an art consultant, or contact us for details related to frames, if you cannot locate the answer on our site.

Remember that selecting the right frame is a subjective decision, and there are no strict rules. Ultimately, the best frame is one that complements your artwork while expressing your personal style and taste.

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