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Frames

 

Picture frames are a great way to showcase your most treasured memories. Because they're accessories, you'll want to present them in an artistic way - whether you're hanging them on a wall, or letting a picture decorate the ledges in your home. Here are some creative ways to showcase your photo like a work of art.

Solids

 

Which solid do you use in your home? Wood, metal, canvas, or a clean black trim? Stay consistent unless your theme is mixing metals. Different metals might look better with a black and white picture, so don't forget you have the option to alter your pictures if you love the idea of that theme.

 

Layering

 

Pictures look great in a collage or by themselves. Decide if you'd like to group photos together in one frame, or buy a frame with multiples attached for pictures you'd like to display together. There are frames with more than one slot for your picture - making it a great way to group together a particular memory in your own personal gallery.

 

It's wildly popular today to mix and match frames. Now is a great opportunity to purchase unique pieces that you're drawn to, but that you'd normally not know where to put. Look for vintage themed pieces and mix and match colors, designs, shapes and textures. There are no rules if you decide to go this route.

 

Size

 

For your picture gallery, what size would you like to use? Anything goes, you just want to make sure each choice is specific to what you're going for. Do you want to play with different sizes, or stick to the same for consistency? An 8x10 or 11x14 is a popular portrait size. These make great wall decor because such a large photo makes a bold statement. The bigger the picture, the more impactful it is, and a lot of people choose to decorate an entire wall using one oversized picture. Smaller photos, 4x6 and under, make beautiful decorative objects for a shelf.

 

Shapes

 

Shapes offer a wide range of options, and you can get really creative by bringing in contrasting art. Don't limit yourself to a square picture frame, you can incorporate circles, hearts, swirls, anything you can imagine it's out there.

 

Holidays

 

Framed photos make great holiday gifts. You can be adventurous if you know the person's home decor, and bring in something fun that would match. If you don't know, not to worry, everyone likes a classic, good quality wood or metal frame with a thoughtful picture.

 

Use small photos as Christmas tree ornaments. Find small frames and give everyone in your family their own portrait ornament. It brings a lot of personalization - you can even stack their gifts under where their photo hangs.