One of the best ways to showcase and preserve visual memories is by using a picture frame. Pictures frames come in a vast array of shapes, finishes and sizes. You need consider all these factors and more to ensure that, whatever you encase within a frame, is enhanced and draws the eye to the picture.
A wide range of picture frames are available in many shapes, styles & sizes. So whether your after large picture frames to take centre stage in your room, or just a small frame like an a4 size. Then we have it covered.
The shape of a picture frame is usually what grabs your attention first. The traditional square or rectangular picture frame provides a more classical feel while round frames are great for highlighting baby portraits or old family pictures.
Silver or black picture frames give a modern and crisp feel to any picture, while glass picture frames can have a similar effect. Wooden picture frames are regarded as traditional and have been used for centuries. In today’s modern world, picture frames can be moulded with many different materials and contain almost any design which comes to mind.
The colour of the picture frames you choose will affect the overall look of the framed contents dramatically. Leather frames produce a unique feel and can provide a wonderful alternative depending on the decor of the room or office.
If something is beautiful enough or holds a special memory then the type of glass used is an important factor to consider. To protect your artwork, use glass that blocks out ultraviolet light. Depending on what is being framed, using this type of glass can assist in stopping your memories from fading. The glare from normal glass can often distract from the beauty of the framed contents, thus using glass with anti-reflexion and non-glare properties is recommended.
However, these suggestions all come with a price tag that might not fit your budget. If you are on a tight budget, and need cheap picture frames, then you should consider wood as it is the more cost effective alternative. Wood is also perfect for large picture frames and is best suited simply due to the cost factor. Another cost saving measure could be to substitute the glass for perspex.
Having a mat border around an image is definitely desirable. Small borders do not enhance an image much, so don't be shy to have a larger mat border size. Make sure that there is a slight air gap between the picture and the glass. A mat border helps with this.
When measuring frames be sure to measure from the inside of the frame. Should you be using glass, then this is the measurement that should be used. The actual size of the frame is larger so as to accommodate the glass, the mat and the picture. The mat must also be larger than the glass and needs to cover the artwork.
Choosing what to frame can be an exciting adventure and anything from sports equipment and clothing to tapestries, awards, mirrors and memorabilia are relatively easy to frame. The list is endless and one only needs to use the imagination to come up inspiring ideas.
Most artwork has a focal point, the main subject that catches the eye. This focal point should be at eye level on the wall, although eye level differs from person to person. An average eyelevel should suffice. If you're hanging artwork over furniture, try to find a centre of balance between eyelevel and the central point of the furniture.