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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.

White Picture Frames

One of the more requested picture framing choices is housing an image in a white picture frame. White frames can make artwork more exquisite by creating a clean and classic feel. White picture frames are extremely versatile and can make colors pop without overpowering the image which in turn will make the art standout.

Using white and black artwork and frames to decorate is rapidly gaining popularity much in part to improved cameras and the growing inclination to use earth tones/neutral colors and muted tones such as black, white, gray, brown or beige.

Black and white photographs, artwork and frames add character and depth to walls and living spaces and they do this without disturbing the color scheme of the room. In addition to adding character, white picture frames can also highlight colors like green, red, or yellow and are easy to incorporate.

Normally white & black pictures and artwork are matted with white or cream boards to help separate the image from the frame. Nowadays black & white photography has gained new traction thanks to new technology which allows old color photos to be reprinted in black and white and along with that, new images can be turned into black and white photos due to the same advancements in digital cameras and photo editing technology.
White Frames Black and White Image

White picture frames are great for almost any style of decor. They provide a classic simple clean look to any image and Frame USA delivers with a wide variety of styles.

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.

Simply 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.

Economy 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.

 

 

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.

Colori Frames
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.

Complementary Color Wheel
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.

Colori Picture Frames
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.

Hanging Photo Collage
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.

Hanging Picture Collage
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.

Chalkboard Picture Frame

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!

DIY Picture Frames
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.

Picture Walls – 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 walls are around staircases. A photo 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

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 photos hung up together that all have a matching theme. Using shelves is an underrated means to add a different feel to your 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 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

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 pictures you chose to hang 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!

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.

Men Hanging Art

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.

Corporate White

Bright Design With White Picture Frames

Summer is a time to lighten up your interior design; a time to give your rooms an airy, breezy feel. You can use paint color choices and furniture accessories like throw pillows and table runners to accomplish this. You can also use picture frames to give your design that beach-house feel. You can always use colorful picture frames to achieve a warm, festive feel, but sometimes that can go a bit too “kid’s room”. The perfect solution for lightening up your decor is using white picture frames. A white frame can be elegant and modern, clean and mature. At Frameusa we have several white picture frames that would make any of your art or photos pop.

BEACH WHITE

Beach White
Beach White

As its name implies, the Beach White frame is a picture frame that is at home with the sun shining on it from across the ocean right outside your door. It comes in a wide and a narrow profile to best give your artwork the

 

 

 

 

 

WHITE DRIFTWOOD

White Driftwood
White Driftwood

 

Our white driftwood has two different wide profiles, one with a scoop and one with an outer bevel. It has a sligtly weathered appearance to give it that natural feel.

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK AND WHITE

Black and White Narrow
Black and White Narrow

 

 

The Black and White series has a sleek profile with a simple angular bevel along the inside. It comes in black and white, but the white is what we think would help your decor feel cheery and modern.

 

 

 

 

 

CORPORATE

Corporate White
Corporate White

 

 

 

Finally, simplicity is the best way to achieve an inviting, casual decor. Our Corporate picture frames have a flat 1 1/4″ profile that could not be simpler. It comes in many colors, including white. A very chic and unpretentious frame to show off any style of artwork in any medium

 

 

 

So as the weather warms and you want to let the sun shine on a room that feels like a day on vacation, consider using white picture frames to brighten up your home.