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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photography, the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera, has gained massive popularity due to the abundance of easily accessible and affordable cameras.
A few weeks ago we made a post dedicated to the most popular types of photography.
Landscape Photography captures large regions of space and nature meant to display the size and look of the environment.
Wedding Photography (just as the name suggests) focuses on the activities relating to weddings; photographs of the couple before marriage, the wedding and the reception.
Black & White Photography features images in black, white and assorted shades of gray.
Macro Photography portrays smalls subjects in extreme closeups making the image in the photo larger than its actual size.
Portrait Photography is intended to capture the personality, mood and expression of a person or group of people.
We covered these five types of photography but we left a few off; Photojournalism, Wildlife and Fashion Photography.
Photojournalism documents an event or story as it is unfolding by using images to tell a news story. Some things to note when doing photojournalism:
Make sure you have the correct context – Photojournalism is catered towards making sure that people can see what’s happening and correctly understand what you’re trying to convey with your image. People like seeing photos of other people because that helps to humanize stories.
Figure out how to convey the emotion of the moment – Capturing people’s expressions, interactions with others and their surroundings, body language, etc. is very important.
Wildlife Photography is the capturing of images of animals in their natural habitat. This type of photography can be extremely challenging do to the unpredictable nature of certain animals.
Get an eye-level perspective (or even lower) of your subject – Shooting at eye-level or below brings the person viewing your image right into the scene as well as provides them with the view of the world from the animal’s perspective.
Practice Patience – Animals are often unpredictable; you could spend all day not finding a single thing to shoot.
Know Your Subject – Wildlife photography is based upon capturing brief interactions or moments so it is necessary that you can somewhat predict your subject’s behavior.
Fashion Photography is committed to exhibiting fashion clothing and models and is most prominent in advertisements. Some tips to set your fashion photography apart from others:
Use Props – Have items for your models to interact with.
Experiment With Emotions – Instruct your models to imitate emotional outbursts (cry, laugh, act mad or sad).
Take Random Candid Shots – During a quick break continue to take pictures because you never know what you might stumble upon.
Get the Models to Move – As opposed to just sitting in a stuffy, closed-off studio, take your models outside.
There are numerous styles of photography and unlimited things to shoot, so get out there and start shooting now. Then head on over to Frame USA, Inc. your one-stop secure online shopping place for a wide variety of Ready-Made Picture Frames. We’re proud of our products, our service, and the way we stand behind what we do. We guarantee you’ll love our Photography frames. And you’ll love the way we treat you at Frame USA!
The Victorian series of picture frames feature fancy, ornate moldings. These wide picture frames are perfect for vintage photography and museum-quality artwork.
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 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!
If you’re attempting to make a room, living space or piece of artwork look high-class or fancy, then leather picture frames are an easy solution.
Our Black Leather series picture frame has a textured leather finish for contemporary styling. These wood picture frames are available in 3 distinct profiles. The narrow and wide profiles have a beveled appearance, while the rounded leather frame profile has a smooth curved face.
As mentioned above, our Leather Picture Frames pair great with contemporary styling. Contemporary style unlike most styles, incorporates more than one style of artwork and is meant to reflect the current trends. Contemporary focuses on a variety of artistic styles that were developed in the last half of the 20th century. Neutral colors are a staple of the contemporary style, brown, gray, tan, white, taupe and cream are often used.
The sister to our Black Leather Picture Frames is our Brown Leather series. The brown leather picture frames are great for framing certificates or awards to hang in your office as well as paintings or artwork to enhance a den. When you want to say high-class, choose the made in America Brown Leather series.
If you are looking for a great textured frame to help your art or images stand out, you should check out these eco-friendly wood frames today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This project is rather simple and requires very few items. Things you will need to complete the DIY Hanging Photo Collage:
Screws or Hooks (for attaching the wire to your frame)
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.
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.
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.
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!
Check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frame ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!