Picture Framing — How To

The first step in your picture framing journey would be to choose a piece of art or a photo to frame that holds some sort of value to you. This is important because you will be living with your framed work for a while.Once you’ve selected what it is that you intend to frame, the next step is figuring out where you hand to hang your picture frame. When doing this you need to think about the design of the room, the style of the picture and the style of the frame you want to use.If the room you’re picture framing in looks modern for example, you’ll want to avoid ornate frames because these two things clash. Similarly, you have to note the style of the photo or piece of art you’re hanging to avoid clashing as well. Generally, older style of pictures look better in older styled frames because their decor matches. You will have to decide what size frame you want, if you want a thin or thick frame or if you would like to use a shadow box or an other type of specialty frame.

You will also want to think carefully about the color of your picture so you can decide what color frame will enhance your image the most. Black, white and brown are safe picks because they are neutral colors which will generally match most pictures. On the other end of the spectrum, choosing colors like blue, purple, green or red can make a picture really pop and draw attention to it in a room.

Sizing is something that need careful consideration as well; not just the size of the image but the size of the frame, mat and space where it’s going to be hung or displayed.

When picture framing, do you want the picture to be the focal point of the room and take up a large amount of space or do you want to be a small added detail to the room? You’ll have to decide what works better for your design.
These are rules and guidelines that the industry adheres to when picture framing but rules were made to be broken, especially when you’re looking to make a statement with your design.  

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