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Picture Framing Tips

Many people feel picture framing is an intricate and time consuming task.  We want you to know that it doesn’t always have to be!  We know often times the endless amounts of matting, framing, and glass options, picture framing can be overwhelming.  Based on the outcome you’re looking for though, there a few tips and tricks you can follow to make picture framing easier.

The picture frame should complement the image it is housing as well as the space where it’s hung. If you’re hanging artwork in a modern looking room then you’d want to avoid using an oddly shaped frame. On the other spectrum, if the room has a more classic feel, then the best advice would be to stay away from shiny, polished metal or modern looking picture frames.

Color picture frames can be instrumental in bringing your artwork to life. Choosing a white picture frame or a gold picture frame is a guaranteed way to make your art pop, you just have to be mindful not to select a frame that clashes with what’s being hung.

The type of picture frame you opt for is just as important as your color selection. Wood picture frames are the most popular and traditional frames due to their versatility. Wood can be stained in a variety of colors and already come in various themes such as the rustic wood frames or the driftwood picture frames. On the other end of the spectrum, metal picture frames are more practical based on their material and tend to last a lot longer.

Be aware of how you hang your pictures:

  • Frames ideally should be hung at eye level, not too high and not too low, about 60 inches (or 5 feet) above the ground.
  • When hanging a picture above a table you want to leave 4-8 inches of space between the bottom of the picture frame and the top of the table.
  • If you’re hanging a picture frame above a couch or other piece of furniture there should be a 3-6 inch space between the furniture and the picture frame.
  • Try to avoid hanging your artwork in direct sunlight. The purpose of framing art is to make it look nice and protect it, sunlight and moisture are detrimental to this.
  • Place your framing wire as close to the top of the picture frame as you can. Doing this helps keep your picture flat against the wall by raising the pictures center of gravity.

When choosing a mat for your artwork, the basic principle is that the mat should be lighter than the artwork or picture but darker than the wall. The mat is there to provide visual space between your picture, the frame and the wall. People often make the mistake of getting too fancy when choosing a mat which in turn takes away from the artwork.

Put these tips into action when framing your next picture and find out how easy picture framing really is. If you have any questions, we over here at Frame USA would be more than happy to assist you. Good luck on your next project.

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Choosing the Best College Dorm Decor

We all remember that moment. The moment when we received our acceptance letter to college and the sheer joy we got when we realized we’re officially moving out of mom and dads. While college classes and finding new friends can be intimating, there is nothing more exciting than picking out your college dorm décor! This is the time where you can let your personality shine through and can feel confident about your room. While college students may not have a very large space to work with, this is the time to get creative.

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Framed Marc Allante Art Poster
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Framed Abstract Art Print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While curtains, bedding, and lighting can define your style, there is nothing better than artwork to make your dorm room pop! Posters and art prints can be visual representations of your style. They should be something you’re happy with to see every day. So we suggest picking something with similar color schemes and images that blend in rather than stand out in a negative way. Classic dorm room posters range from Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe to music legends and humor posters.

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Framed Music Poster
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Framed Aubrey Hepburn Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posters can be a great addition to any wall because they can be symbols of who you are, where you came from and most importantly, where you are going. While decorating can be quite expensive, posters are great savings to your wallet. You can find most art, inspirational, and humor posters for less than $7.00. Pair two or three of your favorite posters and you’re looking at $20.00. Framing your hand selected posters, will make them last longer and save you money. Poster frames are a great way to make your posters stand out. They also help eliminate creasing and ripping.

Whatever your style may be, there will always be a poster or print to match. So go ahead, and hang whatever makes you smile. Remember, you’ll be in this room for a year so this is the time to let your personality shine!

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Picking the Best Poster Frames

Memorial Day weekend is almost here and that’s when Hollywood kicks off the summer blockbuster season and starts releasing their big tentpole movies. If you’re a fan of action, adventure and fantasy or anything with explosions, special effects or spies, this is a great time of year for you. Sometimes it’s fun, when you’re a fan, to get a few posters from the big movies coming up. Not the expensive, collectible posters that hold a lot of value, just the ones you can pull out of the rack or order online at Posterservice. Unless you’re ten years old, however, you probably don’t just want to throw the poster up willy-nilly on a wall. You want to put it in a picture frame. What are ideal movie poster frames?

At Frameusa we have an entire category devoted solely to poster frames. They are all plastic picture frames but come in a wide variety. The best choices when you’re looking for a large frame like a 24 x 36 or 27 x 40 frame are our Budget Saver series and our Simply Poly.

Budget Saver have a beveled 1 1/4″ profile and come in black and cherry. They have a sleek look to them and are good and sturdy. Our Simply Poly posterframes also have a 1 1/4″ profile but are flat, like our popular Corporate wood picture frames. The Simply Poly comes in white or black.

Budget Saver Black
Budget Saver Black

 

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Simply Poly White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t want plastic there are some other frames that are particularly well suited to showing off your movie posters. If it’s wood you’re looking for, the aforementioned Corporate series comes in many different colors and is made from an eco-friendly wood composite. So not only does your Ant-Man poster look good in it, but you’re also helping the environment. For a thinner profile, made from real wood, you can’t go wrong with our Architect series. It has a tight, slim look and comes in some great colors.

 

Corporate Brazilian Walnut
Corporate Brazilian Walnut
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Architect Red

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, for something a little different, our Metal I and Metal II series can be put to good use showing off your favorite movie posters. They have the same thin, 3/8″ width but each series offers different colors. Metal I has the more basic, red, white, blue, black, silver and gold, while Metal II offers some unique colors like blue pewter, gunmetal grey and shiny bronze.

Metal I Black
Metal I Black

 

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Metal II Blue Pewter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So when you need frames for pictures or posters in particular, check out what we have at Frameusa. We’ll make your art look great!

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Graduation Day Framing

cap-and-gown In a month or so we’ll begin hearing “Pomp and Circumstance” playing everywhere as schools all over the country engage in their yearly graduation ceremonies. Whether from high school, college or post college masters and PhD programes, graduation is something to celebrate and remember. It’s an accomplishment and a milestone in one’s life. Photos of the event should most certainly be taken and displayed proudly by the family and friends of the graduate as well as the graduate themselves.

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Corporate Brazilian Walnut

At Frame USA we have all kinds of frames that are perfect for framing your graduation memories. If you’re a parent and you’ve snapped a bunch of pictures of your child walking across the stage in their cap and gown, receiving their diploma, you can get smaller, table sized frames to set them on. A good one for this purpose is our Corporate series. It has a flat profile but comes in a variety of colors. You can pick up a few in 8×10 size, which come with an easel to set them on a table or shelf, and show the progression from your graduate sitting with their class, all the way up through them waving to you from the stage.

Colori Large Orange
Colori Large Orange

If the new graduate just finished their education at an arts or performance school, somewhere a little more free and funky, our colorful Colori frames are a fun alternative. They’re available in bright, simple colors like yellow, green, red, blue and orange and come in a regular and wide profile. They’ve got a fun flair to them that says, “I took my education seriously, but had fun doing it.”

If you had someone get a picture of you with your smiling graduate, just after the

Classic Walnut
Classic Walnut

ceremony is over, you might want to hang that on the wall above the TV, sofa, or fireplace. You need a picture frame that’s a little larger and a little more decorative. Our Classic series comes in 3 dark brown finishes and has a slight scoop and bevel. It’s still a simple frame–nothing too fancy–but has a more elegant feel than a flat profile frame. It is perfect for a larger, portrait sized photo at 11×14 or even 16×20.

When you’re the one who’s just graduated you probably want to show off your new diploma. You want a mature, classy frame that says, “I worked hard and persevered and this is the result.” We have frames that are specific to diplomas as well as frames that have a sober, serious look.

Diploma Wide Windsor Mahogany
Diploma Wide Windsor Mahogany

The obvious choice is our Diploma series frame. It comes in 3 dark finishes in two profiles, a regular and a wide, and has a beveled edge and a decorative inner edge.

Executive Library mahogany
Executive Library mahogany

Another great choice is our Executive series. It has a wide profile with some no-nonsense decorative bevelling and would look right at home on any office wall displaying the diploma of the occupant.

So when the caps have been tossed, and the pictures taken, check out Frame USA to find just the right picture frame!

 

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Wood Mounted Art-Plaques for Home Decor

Bare walls cry out for something to give them a bit of interest. You can go out and find paintings or posters easily, there are plenty of artists and vendors to choose from. Sometimes a painting is too much though, especially in a kitchen or bathroom, while a poster might not be the feel you’re looking for and may be too large. There is a great, stylish solution that meets those in the middle’ wood mounted art plaques.

At Posterservice we have a selection of plaque mounted art with something to suit any taste or decor. If you’re looking for something to put in your kitchen, we have several beer and wine themed plaques that are both classy and fun.

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We also have a number of great inspirational plaques to brighten any room with a little positivity.

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We also have plenty of plaque mounts taken from our selection of art prints, inluding some of our Mark Allante selection. A wood mount can feel a little more substantial than a poster or print and they work with both modern and rustic design aesthetics.

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Come over to Posterservice.com and check out our selection of wood mounted plaques and see if something strikes your fancy!

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Framing in the City: Jon Toole

framed art I have lived in downtown Cincinnati for over 8 years now and like most downtown living, space is always an issue. You pay a lot for a little. So maximizing your space with proper furniture is paramount. Choosing appropriate sized pieces and not over cluttering is the key to a great living space.

Often forgotten are the walls. Sure, a great paint color on the wall can help open up a space, but putting up unique and interesting art can define a space. Often times you don’t need to spend a lot on artwork if you do a little digging. For example, if you find an artistic poster you could look for a unique or more elegant frame that helps bring that piece together. This way you are not spending hundreds on art work, your only making it look like you did.

Another great option is canvas. Canvas adds a Canvas art unique touch to the space and if you choose interesting artwork to display it can really help define your space and personality. Canvas can be on the expensive side but is worth it for the look. Plus, if you can find a shop that is running a deal (like Frame USA) then you can get great art for a bargain.

Don’t be afraid to add framed art to walls, it is one of the best ways to add style and color to your space without taking up a lot of space!

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Preserving Framed Art with Conservation Mats: by Denyia Gott

At FRAME USA we work all day with frames and the materials to create them, but I wondered if this little bit of information might shed some light on the importance of using conservation materials to preserve art for years to come.

When framing a picture, you may opt to include a mat board.  When using a high quality mat board, it is possible to protect your picture or artwork from being discolored by the acidic properties of a wood frame or from external factors, including the wall the frame is being hung on. The mat is not only a beautiful addition to the framing, it also creates a buffered border that prevents acid from destroying what you are trying to protect.

There are several types of mat boards you can choose to use, the main two being AlphaRag and Paper Mat.  Each of these mat boards has specific properties that make them more desirable. AlphaRag is the highest quality mat board you can purchase and is made from cotton.  Rag is extremely durable and will stand the test of time by blocking all acid from getting to the picture. The colors available are somewhat limited and the pricing is higher than any other mat board, but it is a fair trade off to have the kind of mat board used to best protect your art.  Paper mat boards are the least expensive of all the mat boards, but they also do the least to protect your pictures over time. These boards are treated with a chemical to neutralize the acidity of the wood pulp used to make the mat. The problem is that this buffer will deteriorate over time, and the acidity of the wood will eventually damage the picture by leaving a burn mark on the art that cannot be removed. These mat boards are recommended for temporary framing and should only be used for a period of time.

Spending the little extra money in the beginning will make it possible to cherish your framed piece for many years to come.  Thanks for the read, from one happy framer!

 

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Fast Frames

Uh oh! You forgot that you needed a picture frame for Gramma’s birthday! You were going to give her a picture of you and your sisters learning cross-stitch from her when you were kids. You wanted something a little nicer than what the stores have but when you order online they usually take time to be built. If only it could ship out tomorrow, it would be here in time!

Well, in this scenario, your wish can be a reality. Here at Frameusa we have Fast Ship items. Certain frame sizes in a selection of common colors in our most popular frame series are kept in stock to be shipped within 24 hours of an order being placed. That means you can place an order for one of these frames on Monday and it will leave our warehouse by the end of the day Tuesday and be on its way to you.

How do  you tell what’s a Fast Ship item and what’s not? How do you know if it’s in stock? Items that are Fast Ship have a unique item number. It’s the same as the non-fast ship version (you can still have them built at the normal 6-8 business day time frame if we don’t currently have any in stock) but it has the letters FAS in front of it, and it’s in red.

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You could go through each picture frame series, item by item, checking to see if that frame has Fast Ship items. That could be a long and tedious process though with the wide and varied selection of frames we have. That’s why we have a tab at 24 Hour Shipping the top of our website–“24 Hour Shipping”–that contains every series that has Fast Ship items. You can go straight to them, find a series that you like and then check to see what sizes and colors are available for 24 hour shipping, and if they’re in stock.

You’ll find frames from each category reprensented here–wood frames, metal frames, shadowboxes–they all have items that we keep in stock in those particular colors and sizes.

So now you know that if you need a high quality but affordable picture frame to ship out quickly there are options at Frameusa. Have fun choosing your Fast Ship frame!

Dorian Richards

The Art I Hang in My Home: Dorian Richards

Dorian Richards My name is Dorian Richards and I’m a new face in the customer service department. Before arriving here, I knew nothing about framing and all it entails. Once I was able to learn, it sparked my interest in things I didn’t really value before. I had a desire to frame and display what matters to me the most. Of course, that would be my family.

My first picture is a few random photos of memories that I’ve shared with them. There is never a dull moment when it comes to my family. From a grandparent showing his grandchild the art of Indian poker or your mom photo bombing your selfie, these are moments I never wanted to forget. It shows exactly what it reads at the top “Family is everything”.

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My second photo is my lovely parents! This photo is something I really cherish. My mom and dad have been married more than 25 yrs. They give me something to look up to. This picture was taken on my mom’s 50th birthday. With all these great memories that I have, they are made even more special with the perfect frame. If you love your family as much as I do, I would recommend keeping these moments alive by putting them in the quality frame.

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The Art I Hang at Home: Taylor Harris

blog Hi, my name is Taylor, customer Service Representative for Frame USA. I by no means am an artistic person, but I do appreciate art that carries meaning. When I hear from a customer who is looking to frame a diploma, wedding portrait, first day of school picture or any other special occasion I put myself in their shoes. There is no better feeling than finally choosing a frame for that piece that means so much to you and hanging it in your home.

My husband and I purchased our first home almost a year ago. The first blog1 piece of art we purchased was actually from a family member. My uncle Marvin Espy is an artist, designer and photographer who now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He sketched an image we sent him of our twin boys and produced an AMAZING piece of art. I couldn’t wait to frame it. I chose the Corporate Wide Grey Barnwood picture frame. Looks pretty amazing wouldn’t you say?

Next I wanted to find frames for our kids’ newborn pictures. We had guests at our baby shower sign the mat around our twin’s pictures welcoming them as soon as they got home. Unfortunately the frame was broken during the move. The Corporate Wide frame we used for the sketch looked so good we decided to get two more!

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I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the art in my husband’s man cave. He is a boxing fan so I thought why not get him “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali poster from Posterservice with Frame USA’s Architect blog4 Walnut picture frame. It was a hit!

The picture frame is just as important as the piece of art. The choice of frame can make or break its’ presentation so make sure the frame you choose compliments your art piece and is of made of quality materials. I certainly feel I made great framing choices.