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Color Picture Frames and When to Use Them

The frame around a picture or a piece of art is a terribly underrated portion of your artwork. A picture frame is often as crucial an element as the artwork itself, being that it houses said art and will affect how people take in your work. Color picture frames can be instrumental in bringing artwork to life!

When selecting a color picture frame it is particularly important that you pick a frame that does not distract from what is being displayed. 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.

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Notice how the frame changes the appearance of the images

It is wise to stay away from photo frames that are a similar color to the artwork that going to be inside it. Casing a light piece of art in a dark frame is common because contrast is a nice way to separate your art and frame. Additionally, using a complementary color for your picture frame helps your art pop and makes the colors look livelier.

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Complementary Color Wheel

Our Colori Picture Frame Series is a fantastic choice for when you’re looking for a brightly colored frame to electrify your art.

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Colori Picture Frames

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.

DIY Picture Frames – Hanging Photo Collage

As of late hanging picture collages have become increasingly popular. If you have an abundance of pictures laying around then this is a great way to display those pictures without cluttering your walls with a ton of picture frames. What also makes this diy picture frame project nice is that it’s very easy to swap out and update pictures whenever you feel the need, so you can change the aesthetic of your room as often as you’d like.

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Hanging Photo Collage

This project is rather simple and requires very few items. Things you will need to complete the DIY Hanging Photo Collage:

To begin this project you need to figure out how many rows of pictures you want inside your frame. Once you decide that, you’ll need two hooks (or screws) per row in order to properly hang them. On the back of your picture frame is where you’ll attach the hooks. After the hooks are attached evenly on parallel sides, you fasten the wire to said hooks. Remember to make your wire as tight as possible, the less slack the better, so your pictures won’t sag.

Finally, you take the clothespins, clip the pictures to the wire and voila, you have successfully made your own DIY Hanging Photo Collage. There are other little things you can do to spice up your collage such as: painting the clothespins that you use to hold onto the photos, decorating the picture frame, printing the photos on different color paper, etc.

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Hanging Picture Collage

 

Send us pictures and let us know how your hanging photo collage turned out. Then check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frames and ideas.

 

DIY Picture Frames – Chalkboard Picture Frame

A lot of people have old picture frames lying around with nothing to put in them. If you have run out of artwork or pictures for framing or simply enjoy do-it-yourself projects, then our DIY chalkboard picture frame tutorial is just the thing for you.

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If you don’t have an abundance of picture frames lying around then you should head over to our Frame USA closeout section for a variety of very affordable picture frames.

Chalkboard picture frames have been becoming increasingly popular as people are looking for unique ways to liven up living spaces. These chalkboard picture frames can also be used as drawing station for toddlers, birthday or holiday gifts and a wide range of other uses.

To start this project, you first need a picture frame. Once you found a suitable frame (the bigger the better so you have more space to write on your chalkboard), remove the glass and clean it so there are no smudge marks or blemishes.

Once your glass is clean you then need to apply a glass primer and allow it to dry. It’s important that after each step you allow your work to dry or your DIY picture frame will turn out very mediocre. Next you apply two steps of chalkboard paint, remembering to let it dry after applying each coat.

After the second coat of chalkboard paint dries, place you glass back into the frame and your DIY chalkboard picture frame is complete!

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DIY Chalkboard Picture Frames

Check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frame ideas.

Shadow Box Frames – A Nice Way to Display Valuable Objects

A shadow box frame is an enclosed, glass front picture frame that can hold and display items that have value or particular meaning for an individual. These shadow box frames are deeper than our standard picture frames and are really taking off right now.

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Shadow Box Picture Frame

Our Shadowbox Showcase Frames are inexpensive shadow boxes which are available in 4 colors and many standard sizes. They have easy opening tabs which allow you to open the frame from the back. All you need to do to have your shadow box frame ready for display is mount the items inside, replace the back, and hang.

Our other shadow box series is the Shadow Box Elite. This series is a beautiful and affordable way to put your treasured heirlooms and collectibles on display. The Shadow Box Elite is available in 4 colors (white, black, cherry and honey) and has a depth of 15/16″.

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Whether you’re looking to keep certificates and awards safe or simply display precious mementos, our American made shadow box frames will keep you satisfied and have your guests in awe.

What Is A Floater Frame?

In the world of art, photography and picture framing, the different variations of frames and what they are used for can get a bit confusing. To the untrained eye. picture frames can all look the same and seemingly be interchangeable. In reality, that is not the case. Based on the material, style and size, each picture frame is chosen for a different reason. Due to this, a common question we often encounter is; what exactly is a floater frame?

Floater Frames are used for works of art that are painted or printed on a canvas. This style of frame is particularly popular among photographers and painters. A Floater Frame provides extra space around the canvas and can make is seem like the artwork is floating, hence the name. The floater frame provides a very safe space for the picture housed inside it and often compliments the artwork by adding a three-dimensional feel.

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Floater Frame

 

Floater Frames are in high demand among painters and photographers who prefer canvas prints. Floating frames provide extra space around your canvas which not only adds additional protection to your art, but also compliments your work by adding a three-dimensional feel. These floating frames are perfect for paintings and prints. Offered in two great colors- black and american maple. We guarantee you will love these! Take a look at our Blog for tips and ways to use your Floater Frames.
At Frame USA we offer our Floater Frames in many different ready made sizes and styles. If you don’t see the size you’re looking for don’t worry, we even offer custom sizes for your special projects.

Where do I buy Art Posters?

As framers, we often get asked by our customers where they can buy art posters and art.  Our sister company, Posterservice Inc. carries one of the hottest selection of art posters around. With over a hundred art posters in stock and ready to ship, our wide assortment of art from famous artists, as in Marc Allante, to various styles, we guarantee we will have something for you!

There are several different ways to select an art poster:

By Style of Art:
Artwork should represent your style and the design of your house. It should flow with the decorations already in place.  A kitchen wall picture can and usually will differ from the pictures for the walls of your basement.  At posterservice.com, we carry different styles ranging from abstract art, photography to watercolor art. From photography prints of The Colosseum to fantasy posters, as in Night Trawlers II, you will be able to select a piece to fit your style and taste.

By Famous artist:
Selecting a poster by your favorite artist is easy, but discovering an art poster by a new artist is great too.  Our pictures of art range from Dean Russo, Marc Allante, Ralph Steadman, and more.  Marc Allante creates watercolor renditions of animals and buildings, as in this art poster Achilles and Monolith II.  Achilles was the first Marc Allante poster we added to our line.  Due to it’s continued success, we have added more and more of his art posters over the last few years. 10315

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Dean Russo creates abstract art by using bright colors, abstract patterns and turns them into animals, scenery and people. Starry Night by Dean Russo is currently a best seller.

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When you’re done browsing our cool art pictures and finding the perfect art poster for you, head back over to frameusa.com and choose the best frame to protect and professionally frame your masterpiece!

Picture Wall – A Fun Way to Revitalize a Living Space

A picture wall is a wall frame display similar to your own mini art gallery. Basically, it is a ton of different sized pictures thrown on a wall with some kind of order to it. A picture wall is a popular way to display family portraits, artwork, or any type of memory you want to share with the world.

A popular place many people are designing their picture wall is around their staircases. A picture wall display easily livens up a usually boring staircase and is the perfect area to place smaller family photos. As you walk up or down the steps you can arrange the wall frames to gradually age for a nice effect.

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Staircase Picture Wall

One way to spice up your picture wall is to use shelves to help display your pictures. The majority of picture walls are simply a collection of wall frames hung together that all have a matching theme. Using shelves is an underrated means to add a different feel to your picture wall. Also, using a ledge display can save space because you can layer your pictures in order to fit more in a smaller space, something that’s not as easy when arranging them on a picture wall.

On a similar accord, monograms are a nice decorative design that can add flair to you picture walls. This is especially prevalent if you are hanging family photos as it can be a nice way to identify the people photographed as well as break up the monotony of the wall frames.

The newest trend in picture walls is taking full advantage of your bathroom. Similar to how picture walls can be used to liven up a staircase, they can also bring to life a bland bathroom.

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Bathroom Picture Wall

A mistake that some people don’t even consider when embarking on their own picture wall journey is sticking with only the standard photo size. The pictures you chose to hang on your picture wall do not have to be uniform. In fact, using different photo sizes as opposed is a great way to make your picture wall less repetitive.

Lastly, make sure you know the proper methods of how to hang pictures so as not to damage the wall or the frame. Then head on over to Frame USA and select some frames so you can get your picture wall started today!

Take a look at our DIY Page for more do-it-yourself picture frame ideas.

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.

Colorful Metal Picture Frames
Colorful Metal Picture Frames

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.

Wood Picture Frames
Wood Picture Frames

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.

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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.

Get to know our new SEO Coordinator at Frame USA

As the temperature drops, days get shorter and nights get longer, we’re steadily approaching my favorite time of year; the return of fall TV! My name is Corbin Watts, and I am the new SEO Coordinator here at Frame USA.

Fall TV returns during the last few days of September and with it comes new seasons of everybody’s favorite network shows which we have been waiting and anticipating for months. Whether you’re looking forward to seeing what the Dunphy clan is up to on Modern Family, which villain Barry is going to foil next on The Flash or will life get any better for the apocalypse survivors on The Walking Dead, fall TV has something for all of us.

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There’s nothing better than shutting yourself in the house, plopping down on the couch, hiding from your responsibilities and vegging out on your favorite television shows. I seriously can’t wait for my DVR to fill up with an abundance of programs I watch, just thinking about it is making me smile. I suggest you find a few TV shows you really enjoy and get ready because in the immortal words of Ned Stark: winter is coming.

For more TV Posters, visit, http://posterservice.frameusa.com/posters/tv-movie-posters/tv-posters

Once you pick out your favorite poster at posterservice.com, your next step is picking out the perfect poster frame.

FrameUSA.com and Posterservice.com are sister companies and this is one of the main reasons why! FrameUSA.com offers a wide range of posterframes that are perfect for your TV posters. Check out our full selection today at http://www.frameusa.com/poster-frames!

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Frame A T-Shirt Today

Most of us have a favorite t-shirt.  It might be one that is from the State Championships for football from high school, a t-shirt of our favorite band from one of their concerts, or maybe just one that fits just right.

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At Frame USA, we have the perfect option for framing your t-shirt.  Our Frame-A-Tee comes in 3 sizes, and is available to frame a t-shirt in any size from small to extra large.

– 12×12: Small/Medium T-Shirts
– 14×14: Medium/Large T-Shirts
– 14×18: Large/Extra Large T-Shirts

While a black t-shirt frame is the most popular, this series also comes in a great natural and walnut color option to frame your t-shirts.  Our t-shirt frames also include easy instructions for assembly upon receiving them.

So if you’ve never though about framing a t-shirt before, check out this great option, low cost framing option available today at http://www.frameusa.com/shadow-box-frames/frame-a-tee.