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What is the point of matting photos or art?

At Frame USA we offer a wide variety of frame mats that run anywhere from standard mat sizes to to custom frame mats.  A mat is a flat and usually thin piece of material included or sold separately from a picture frame. Mats usually serve one of two purposes; additional decoration to make your art pop or they’re used to separate the artwork from the glass frame. The art of putting mats in a frame is called matting and is an often overlooked aspect that can dramatically improve and protect your artwork.

Matts and Frames
Matted and Framed Artwork

In terms of helping your art pop, matting can be a crucial element. Matting your artwork intensifies the art by adding size, color and depth to what’s being portrayed. The point of the mat is not to distract from your art but to direct the person viewing said art to the main focal point of what they are looking at. Some tips when choosing a mat to enhance your art:

  • When choosing a mat for your artwork, the mat should be lighter than the art or picture but darker than the wall it’s placed on. Great choices for mats most times are simple colors such as gray, white and cream.
  • Using two or three mats will give your artwork a three dimensional look
  • The purpose of matting is to protect artwork & add appeal. To achieve this, the mat border should be 2x the width of the frame.

When it comes to protecting artwork, mats are very important. Mats help keep your artwork safe by separating the glass from the art or whatever it is being framed. Having a mat in between your artwork and framing glass is important because any condensation that might develop on the inside of the glass can be transferred to your art causing water damage, mold or mildew.

If you’re framing pictures then separating your picture from the glass is vital because the surface of photographs are particularly easy to damage. Not only photos, but certain art that can smear or be damaged by touch, or anything of value being hung should also be matted so that the glass and the art don’t come into direct contact.

Matted and Framed Artwork
Matted and Framed Artwork

Head over to our Mat Designer site and make your photos look impeccable immediately.

Wood Picture Frames vs Metal Picture Frames

Picture frames can be made out of a wide variety of materials, but the two most popular types of frames are Wood Picture Frames and Metal Picture Frames. Wood and metal are very easy to find and on top of that they are easy to work with when you’re looking to customize a frame, making these frames highly sought-after.

Although wood and metal picture frames are both versatile and each can suite just about any picture framing need you could encounter, they do have a few subtle differences.

Wood is a classic material for crafting picture frames and has been in use for centuries due to its abundance and how easy it is to use. Wood frames can be painted or stained in nearly every color imaginable, which provides you with plenty of variety when trying to frame art or compliment the aesthetic of a room. Wooden picture frames are perfectly paired with tradition style artwork and are a good place to start for any kind of picture framing job.

Wood Picture Frames
Wood Picture Frames

On the other hand, metal picture frames provide a more modern look and feel than their wooden counterparts. While metal frames don’t have as wide a spectrum of colors to choose from (as opposed to wood picture frames) they make up for it with their durability. Banging or dropping a wood frame can cause chips in the paint or dents. Not only will a metal picture frame resist a few bumps, but if a side does in fact end up damaged it can be unattached and replaced.

Metal Picture Frames
Metal Picture Frames

Our wooden picture frames are a top choice and are crafted from real wood, MDF, eco-friendly wood composite or laminate. Additionally, the metal frames we produce are durable and stylish, made from extruded aluminum, these frames can easily make the right statement when placed in any interior. At the end of the day Metal and wood picture frames are both excellent choices when framing artwork.

Gold Picture Frames

Black and Brown are two of the most popular colors for picture frames, but sometimes you want a frame that stands out a little more. Choosing a gold picture frame is a guaranteed way to make your art pop.

Gold Picture Frames
Gold Picture Frames

Gold picture frames look the best when paired with artwork that features a lot of warm colors. Warm colors are normally linked to daylight or sunset and consist of variations of red, yellow, brown, tan and orange. These colors are know to stimulate the audience and come across more active in artwork.

Color Wheel
Color Wheel

Simply Gold and Economy Gold are our two most popular gold picture frame series. Our Simply Gold Frames are made from solid wood and are available in three profiles; Goldstone, Florentine, and Renaissance. Each profile is uniquely different from the others, but all are foiled with an impeccable gold color. Perfect for pre-matted 8x10s or 11x14s and perfect for items that just demand a gold frame. These American Made Simply Gold picture frames will impress all.

Gold Picture Frames
Simply Gold Picture Frames

In comparison, the Economy Gold Picture Frame series is similar to our Economy picture frames but painted and foiled to provide a beautiful gold look at a low price. You won’t find a better quality or better value in a classic gold frame.

Gold Picture Frames
Economy Gold Picture Frames

Gold Picture Frames have and always will be a timeless choice when it comes to framing your family photographs, expensive art prints, religious deities, and even your children’s artwork. Frame USA delivers with a large selection of Gold frames in a variety of different colors. They are available in real wood, Eco-friendly wood composite, Metal and polystyrene.

 

 

Most Popular Poster Frame Sizes

The Most Popular Poster Frame Sizes
The Most Popular Poster Frame Sizes

We are often asked what our most popular poster frame sizes are:

  • 11 x 17 Poster Frame – Perfect poster size frame for framing a poster in a child’s room, your office at work or other small areas such as a den, livable attic or other similar spaces.
  • 18 x 24 Poster Frame – This is the quintessential frame size for hanging advertisements in a lobby or venue, or just about any metropolitan area where people can see the image and read the words without having to be directly in front of the poster.
  • 24 x 36 Poster Frame – This is the most common poster frame size (average poster size) and generally the size that standard posters are made. This is the ideal size for concert and novelty posters to hang around your room or house.
  • 27 x 40 Poster Frame – This is the standard movie poster frame size for typical movie posters (occasionally you’ll find them sized 27 x 41) making it perfect for officially licensed movie posters.
Standard Poster Frame Sizes
Standard Poster Frame Sizes

In case you were wondering, all frames can be used to frame posters no matter the type or style. Just remember when your choosing picture frame sizes best suited for your needs, always (and I can’t stress that enough) measure your image first. Our frame sizes are based on inside dimensions, meaning if you have an image that is 8 x 10 and you do not intend on using the mat, you would want to order an 8 x 10 frame. Now if you have an 8 x 10 image and do want to include the mat in the framing process, you have to order a larger frame size to accommodate this.

Victorian Picture Frames

The Victorian series of picture frames feature fancy, ornate moldings. These wide picture frames are perfect for vintage photography and museum-quality artwork.

Victorian Picture Frames
Victorian Picture Frames

The Victorian style became popular in the mid to late 19th century during the reign of Queen Victoria. During her rule industrial development exploded and luxurious and rich styles or art, literature and architecture prevailed. Early in the era art focused on realism and moral and spiritual undertones. Later on the Victorian style began to renounce realism and became a more multifaceted and diverse style. Bright colors were very popular during this time because it helped bring attention to the very small details encompassed in this style or art and woman were more often than not the subject of most pieces.

Victorian Picture Frames
Victorian Picture Frames

Victorian not only is the name of this series, it describes it as well. Our Victorian Series is characterized with carved ornament embellishments. Made from high quality MDF wood composite material, Victorian Series picture frames don’t carry a high-end price. These composite wood picture frames resemble the look of carved wood. There are two color profiles offered in this series both with their own unique qualities. Walnut with Gold, features a slate-blue initial color with accents of walnut, the inside frame is brushed with a textured gold stripe, finishing with a walnut colored studded edge. Our Antique Gold is a gold finish with flecks of black throughout. They’re a worthy rival to our Napoleon series. Choose the Victorian Series from Frame USA!

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.

collage photo frames
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.

collage photo frames
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.

 

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. Floater picture frames provides extra space around the canvas and can make is seem like the artwork is floating, hence the name. The frame provides a very safe space for the picture housed inside it and often compliments the artwork by adding a three-dimensional feel.

Floater Picture Frames
Floater Picture 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.

Picture Wall – A Fun Way to Revitalize a Living Space

A picture wall is a photo wall 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. These picture walls are 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 photo 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 pictures to gradually age for a nice effect.

Staircase Picture Wall
Staircase Picture Wall

One way to spice up your picture wall is to use shelves to help display your pictures. The majority of photo walls are simply a collection of pictures 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 photo 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 pictures.

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.

Bathroom Picture Wall
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 photo wall do not have to be uniform. In fact, using different photo sizes as opposed is a great way to make your photo 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 and get started today!

Custom Picture Frame Quotes for All!

Did you know Frame USA can quote almost any project you could need?  We offer custom quotes for all types of picture frame projects, and promise to deliver them back to you in 8 hours or less.  No matter if you are interested in 1 frame for your home, or 5,000 picture frames for a large project, Frame USA can quote it all.

At Frame USA, we specialize in large and special volume picture framing jobs.  We are a wholesale manufacturer of ready-made picture frames and custom picture frames.  Everything we do is 100% Made in the USA, and something we really pride ourselves on.  We stock a wide range of materials in around 400 different color and style options.

Therefore, no matter your project, it is almost a guarantee that Frame USA can help!  So go ahead, request your custom quote today and see how Frame USA can help meet your picture framing needs!

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