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How to Choose the Right Type of Picture Frame

There is a perfect frame for every picture! Well, not really. With the plentiful options that we have to offer, we are sure you could create multiple splendid looks for your pictures and posters. However, we do understand that there could be different factors playing when choosing a picture frame like the overall theme and color of your space or it could just be a matter of personal taste – depicting the appeal you wish to create. So, just to make things simpler for you, we have a few suggestions/looks you could try out which we think work great.

  • If you have a really clean and modern image, you could make it fancy by using  gold frames and you could possibly go further by adding double layered matting with gold edgings on the side to give it a rich look.

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  • For highlighting the image/poster, choosing a frame color matching any color from the image/poster also works great. This very well comes out is an image submitted to us by our customer where he has used Victorian Walnut with Gold to frame his posters. The gold lining on the inside really adds to the impact of the image. Any frame with a color from the picture and a narrow lining of a different color would work well are what we would say. Also, our Victorian Series goes well with historic pieces adding a rich look to it. ‎

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Picture Courtesy: Briley Mitchell (Customer)

  • If you want to give your posters a really modern and sleek look, you could use a narrow metal frame in glossy colors. You could either choose to add a mat or just choose to go without it to give a floating look. A narrow black metal also works well for any poster, and if the poster has darker shades, adding a thin white matting really makes it stand out.

Black Poster Frames

Pic courtesy: Danny Haymond-Preciado (Customer)

  • For Art posters, a white frame with a clean white matting also works very well. This directs all the focus on the poster.

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Pic courtesy: Visionary and Voice

  • You could pick and choose different color and shapes of mats to play and see the impact on your image. If you are choosing a colored mat then revealing a portion of the print’s white border gives the illusion of a double mat. You could also go for double matting with a dark wide one as the first layer and a lighter color as the narrow second layer

Barn Wood Frames

Picture Courtesy: Paper’d Moments (Customer) 

  • For natural scenes and outdoor images, you could use narrow metal frames of a contrasting color to give it a modern impact. Also, our Barn Wood frames give it an unfinished an raw look if that is the theme you are playing by or you could also go with the different options of classic wooden frames and we assure you would never go wrong with those

“We love our Barn Wood Frames. It works very well for our landscapes and wildlife.” – Julia Held (Customer)

Bran Wood Frames

Picture Courtesy:  Julia Held (Customer)

  • Another option for posters is a shadow-box frame which makes it appear more like real art.

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Picture Courtesy: Paul Krako (Customer)

We believe our frames would always enhance the beauty of your images as well as keep it well protected. Now, it’s time for you to explore the different options and create astonishing pieces with our frames.

We hope you found these suggestions useful. We are sure you would find the right frame for your pictures and posters with our wide selection of frames and the customization options we have. If you have any further questions about the type of picture frame suited for you, do reach out to us on any of our social media pages or our helpline number and we will be happy to assist you.

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Wishing you Happy Framing!

 

Hanging Picture Frames The Frame USA Way

Even though Frame USA specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of picture frames, we’ll be the first to admit that not every piece of artwork calls for a frame (many contemporary pieces are meant to display alone). You should ideally use a frame any time you do not have a canvas.

Some artist simply mat their artwork while others will buy a frame in the correct size for their piece. Custom framing is another option, but the concept remains the same — don’t let the framing overpower the artwork. As another precaution, don’t frame a piece of art for the sole purpose of matching a room. Art can be arranged in any which way, whereas a room can undergo many changes over time.

Once you’ve decided on the proper frame for your art, the next step is frame hanging! When hanging picture frames you want to aim for the average eye-level to get the best reaction. Meaning once the framed artwork is on the wall, you should be able to stand in front of the piece with your head level, your gaze should fall just about in the center or just below the center of the artwork.  Art is meant to be viewed and appreciated, and won’t have quite the same effect unless it’s easily viable.

Hanging Picture Frames

When selecting what kind of frame hanging accessories to use; you must take into consideration a few things. First, you need to thing about what the type of material the wall you are hanging frames on is made out of? This is important because you need to get picture frame hanger accessories appropriate for that type of material. The second thing to consider is how heavy is your piece of art? Most frame hanging accessories have sizes designed for certain pound ranges; select one rated for the picture frame you intend to hang.  If in doubt, go for a stronger hanger.

Now is time for the best part, stand back and enjoy your framed art!

Framing Products

Picture Frame Hardware

Here at Frame USA, we have the creative DIY folks in mind. Choose from our selection of Picture Frame Hardware supplies including poster hangers, easel mates, frame connectors, acid-free mat tape and more to make your artwork stand out from the crowd! When our standard picture frames just won’t cut it, our hangers and accessories will make your art stand out from the crowd!
Picture Frame Hardware Available from Frame USA.
Picture Frame Hardware
Picture Frame Hardware
Mounting Tape:
When hanging picture frames, mounting tape is often safer, faster, and more versatile than screws and nails. Our tape is used for attaching frames to almost any wall or surface without causing any damage to said wall. The only downside to mounting tape is that it is only useful for smaller and lighter frames, it is not strong enough to support bigger, heavier picture frame styles.
Poster Mounts:
Poster Mounts are a great way to promote and display your company or brand. Our poster mounts are a very cost effective marketing tool often used at trade shows but are versatile enough to be used for the same purpose as normal picture frames.
Poster Hanger:
Frame USA Poster Hangers are a simple wire apparatus that allows you to hang your posters as simply as possible  while still being pleasing on the eyes. Our poster hangers are available in black, clear and white.
Frame Connector:
Frame Connectors are a simple contraption that allows you to attach the sides of your picture frames together without the complications of a hinge.
Frame USA has picture frame hardware available at our website! Visit us today if you need new hangers and accessories for your picture frames.

Creating a Picture Wall Gallery

When displaying pictures, a picture wall is a trendy and creative way memorialize your artwork and photos. Crafting a diverse assortment of images for your picture wall can be a little difficult when you’re trying to decipher where to begin and how to balance the layout and sizes of the image to create something ascetically pleasing.

Simply hanging a few pictures on a wall can be dull, picture walls are a fun way to bring your living space to life with art. When creating a photo wall gallery you want to try and have the center of your exhibit eye level. Ideally, most frames should be hung at eye level, about 60 inches (or five feet) off the ground, but when working with a wall display you mainly want eye level to be the focal point of your photo wall.

When deciding on the frames for your picture wall you want to have some sense of unity in your display. You want to use a similar style of frames, for example, you don’t want to mix metal frames and wood picture frames just like you wouldn’t want to mix a modern style of frame with an ornate picture frame. But, you do want to vary the size of the picture frames you select. Having all the frames the same size will leave you with an extremely bland photo wall.

Picture Wall
House Interior Picture Wall

 

Picture Wall 2
Bedroom Picture Wall

 

Picture Wall 3
Office Picture Wall

These creative ideas are a great resource to use to give you a starting point.  Once you get arranging, expand or tweak the layout to fit the photos you have. Sometimes it’s boring to display just 1 or 2 pictures on a wall, be adventurous and create a picture wall. Picture Walls are much more interesting and a way to tell a story with your photos.

Frame USA November News

We have some exciting new things taking place around Frame USA and we want to share them with you.

November News
November News

For the month of November enjoy 10% off all Grey Picture Frames with coupon code: November10 

As with anything you place in your home, make sure it’s something that works for you. In the end it’s all about finding something that works for you and makes your home a more comfortable environment. Grey Picture Frames are simply on of the many ways to make an ordinary home extraordinary! 

Canvas Floater Frames

Floater Frames are in high demand among painters and photographers who prefer canvas prints. Canvas Floater Frames are a great alternative to simply hanging a standalone canvas: when framed, the art has  much more of a safe shell around it to protect from damage to the outer edges. It also improves the look of the art, with the frame acting as a focal point for the artist’s work.

Print your images with our state of the art digital printer with the end result of vivid colors and exceptional details! Posterservice, Inc. is your full service poster provider. From printing to rolling, design to shipping, we have you covered! Give us a call at 1-800-577-5920 or email us for a free no obligation quote and consultation!

Canvas Floater Frames
Canvas Floater Frames

Canvas floater frames can turn your home into a personal gallery. Your canvas floater frames art is created using a giclée printing process favored around the world. The end result is vivid colors and exceptional details. Many professionals prefer the look of canvas art as opposed to

Canvas Floater Frames

Floater Frames, one of the newest options from Frame USA. 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 canvas floater frames are perfect for paintings and prints.

Canvas Floater Frames
Floater Frames

The canvas floater frames derive their name through the illusion they create that the artwork is “floating” within the frame as opposed to being covered by it. Canvas floater frames are perfect for displaying a gallery wrap where no staples are visible or taking an already beautiful image and making it extraordinary.

 

Photo Wall – A Fun Way to Revitalize a Living Space

A photo wall is a wall frame display similar to your own mini art gallery. Basically, it is a ton of different sized photos thrown on a wall with some kind of order to it. These photo 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 photo wall is around their staircases. A photo wall display easily livens up a usually boring staircase and is the perfect area to place smaller wall frames. As you walk up or down the steps you can arrange the wall frames to gradually age for a nice effect.

Photo Wall
Staircase Photo Wall

One way to spice up your photo wall is to use shelves to help display your pictures. The majority of photo walls are simply a collection of photos hung together that all have a matching theme. Using shelves is an underrated means to add a different feel to your photo wall. Also, using a ledge display can save space because you can layer your photos 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 photo 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 photos.

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

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Bathroom Photo Wall

A mistake that some people don’t even consider when embarking on their own photo wall journey is sticking with only the standard photo size. The wall frames 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 photos so as not to damage the wall or the frame and get started today!

Art Frames with Frame USA

A picture frame is a decorative edging for a picture, photograph or paining. The purpose of a frame is to protect the art, aid in hanging, make it easier to display and it’s intended to enhance the art.

Art Frames are typically gilded or highly ornate and are the prime choice when you’re trying to make a statement with a piece of art. Art frames aid in drawing a persons eye to your artwork, but you have to be cautious when selecting an art frame because some are so over the top and fancy that they can overpower the art and take focus away from what you want to be displayed.

Victorian Picture Frames

Art Frames - Victorian
Art Frames – Victorian
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.
Art Frames - Napoleon
Art Frames – Napoleon
Beautiful – Regal – Expensive-Looking – Antique Picture Frames… All without going to the custom frame shop! This antique frame is a composite wood-like material called MDF. The edges are wrapped in a manner that reminds you of rope-coiled pillars in a great room of a cruise ship. This antique frame series features three colors to choose from, each with unique texture blended throughout the frame. This handsome profile from Frame USA looks fantastic enough to conquer any great room, living room or office that calls for a fancy look.
Art Frames - Modena
Art Frames – Modena
How can you get modern and elegant rolled into one? You take modern curves, add an elegant beaded edge and attractive metalic colors, and the result is the Modena Picture Frame Series from Frame USA. These ornate frames will give a classy, refined look to any artwork in your house.
Art Frames - Simply Gold
Art Frames – Simply Gold
This series is simply magnificent. Our Simply Gold Frames are made from solid wood and are available in three dignified profiles; Goldstone, Florentine, and Renaissance. Each profile is uniquely different from the others, but all are foiled with an impeccable gold color. The Simply Gold picture frame series will impress all.
Art Frames - Presidential
Art Frames – Presidential
By using our Presidential series to frame your artwork, you’re guaranteeing that it will need protection from the secret service to prevent people from coveting your precious work. These wood picture frames are 2 inches wide and come in three different rich colors: Aged Pecan, Aged Bronze and Aged Gold. The inside border gives unique character to your piece. Exquisite piping is used on the inside border that makes this luxurious series stand out frames manufactured right here in the USA.
Art Frame - American Value Silver
Art Frame – American Value Silver
The American Value Silver Picture Frame series includes five frames in three distinct widths, all made in the USA from North American hardwood.  The collection includes a 3/4″ thin picture frame, a 1″ medium picture frame and a 1 1/2″ large picture frame. These real wood picture frames are perfect for any photo or art project.

How to know what size frame I need?

How do I know what size frame to order?  It’s a question as framers that we hear all the time, and most times, the answer is easy.

All of our picture frames at Frame USA are based on the inside dimensions.  Therefore, if you have a 12×16 image, you will want to order a 12×16 picture frame.

Awesome, that was easy, right? But what if I want matting around my image?  Overall, that answer is pretty easy too.  Adding matting to a frame will increase the overall dimensions of your frame.  For example, if you have a 12×16 image and want a mat around it, your next decision is how much matting should I add?  Our recommendation is the smaller the image size, the less matting you should add.  Ultimately though matting is a personal preference so whatever you prefer or think will look best is the answer.

For a 12×16 image, I would personally recommend about 1.5” of matting.  This will make the frame size 15×19 now.  But wait, I thought adding 1.5” of matting would make the frame size, 13.5×17.5?  That is a common misconception that we hear.  However, to have 1.5” of matting on each side of your image, you are actually adding 3” vertically and 3” horizontally.  So 12 + 1.5 +1.5 = 15 and 16 + 1.5 + 1.5 = 19.

While 15×19 is a custom size, ordering this is simple.  The easiest way is to order this is through our Design  A Frame feature: http://www.frameusa.com/design-a-frame.

Design-A-Frame
Design-A-Frame

Our feature offers just a few simple steps to getting you the perfect picture frame.

Design A Frame Features

Through this feature, you can order your frame, matting, everything you would want!

Now what if you have a custom size image, but do not want matting?  At Frame USA, we make that easy too.  Almost all of our frame options: wood picture frames, metal picture frames, poster frames, etc. offer a custom option.  First, select the frame you would like to order.  Then once on that individual series page, you will find this:

Custom

Here you can type in the size you need (your image size), change the color accordingly, and select your quantity.  Our website offers lower prices on custom frames when you order more than one, so you will see all pricing options listed here.  Naturally since we are more efficient the more of the same picture frame we produce for you, we pass those savings right on to you here.

So as you can see, figuring out what frame size you need can be quite simple.  However, framing can be difficult for some so if you still have questions, please contact our Customer Service team at 1-800-577-5920 or via email at [email protected].  Our team is ready and happy to help you any way that we can!

Home is where the heart is…

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Home is where the heart is…  And where you hang your pictures

 

I love walking into a person’s house, or even an office, and the first thing they say is, “make yourself at home.” I then sit and try and become comfortable in a somewhat foreign environment. I begin to look around and see how the host has truly made the surrounding area in which I sit their home.

Whether a house, an office, or even just a desk, we like to “make ourselves at home.” We aren’t completely at ease, completely settled, or satisfied until we put just a bit of our personal touch to the area. And how do most people do to do this? They display pictures.

Walk into an office and try not to notice the images displayed on walls, shelves, and the desk itself. Enter your best friend’s sitting room and try to ignore the gallery of family photos hanging over the couch. You can’t! We find ourselves taken in to another person’s life. We become aware that, “this is their space.” And all it took was a picture. Stories were being displayed of

The last quarter of 2016 held a lot of exciting changes in my life. In early October I moved to a new state, and started a new job. In November my husband and I were joined in marriage, we began a new life together. Between the move and marriage there wasn’t a lot of time to become truly settled. My heart, although excited to be with my husband, was not at yet home. Our home felt more like a hotel, a temporary dwelling, a place we would not be for long… and something had to be done about this.

And so, I started hanging picture frames. My husband and I chose just the right ones, the ones that would emphasize the photos that would soon fill them. I stepped back, and even before they had a picture to display, the frames had created a whole new room, inviting us to make it our own.

When a work trip that took me away from home for a short time, my husband filled those frames as a surprise to me. When I walked into our home, my heart was settled… this was OUR HOME! It belonged to us, and no one else. Those were our memories being displayed.

And so I decided, home is indeed, “where the heart is,” but it’s also where you hang your pictures.