Gone are the days when photos were used to solely identify the members of a family. Nowadays, photos and their frames are used as a part of the beautification of the home. Having your photo taken is one thing but putting it on display in the style that works best is a totally different idea. What seems like a simple photo frame to you can be so much more if only you think outside the box. Here are a few guidelines to get the ball of ideas rolling
1. Type of Photo
Just because you’ve spotted a beautiful photo frame in your favorite store doesn’t mean that it belongs together with your beautiful wedding photo. The photo that you choose to display on your mantle will determine the type of frame to go for. A handcrafted frame with live sea shells and intertwined seaweeds does not belong with your beautiful garden wedding photo.
In order to get this right, you need to determine the exact photos that you’ll need to be displayed on your walls. This may require you to pull out the family album or scroll through your device for the best ones. Once you’ve set your best photos aside, head out to the stores for your photo frames.
It is a bad idea to let the frames determine the direction of the photos. Chances of a backfire from the entire project are high. You do not want to display photos of your drunken partner on the hallway simply because you thought the beer bottles on the frame looked ‘kinda cute’, now do you?
2. Person in the photo
A picture speaks a thousand words while a picture frame draws in the audience for the speech. In this case, it is best to choose a picture frame that best represents the person in the picture. If you are a curvy girl, you may need to choose one that has slim edges, strips or patterns. This way the frame does you justice. It will create a slimming effect that makes you look trimmer than you really are.
On the other hand, if you a slender person that needs to appear a bit bigger than you really are then you’d better choose a photo frame with broad edges, bright colors or even diagonal colors that run from the inside towards the outside. This will make the image, including you, appear larger.
3. Theme of the Room
A major determiner of the kind of photo frame that you should go for depends on the theme of the house. With bright colored walls, you may want to experiment with patterns, shapes and bold colors. These create the perfect contrast that sits well with the eyes.
Did you know that the picture frame that you choose for a room can make it appear larger or smaller? It’s true. You may need to consider the size of the room when choosing the appropriate photo frame. For small sized rooms, it is best that you choose bright colored picture frames.
Bright colors always make stuff appear larger. Spacious rooms are easier to experiment with. You can go bold and brave with outstanding colors and even incorporate textures. You can use multiple colors to balance the room out without interfering with its appeal.
It is also a great idea to consider the main theme of the room. If you are into animal print, you can have the walls painted a plain color and bring out the love of animal print in the picture frames. For instance, a teenage girls’ room could be painted hot pink color on the walls then incorporate a zebra printed picture frame on the walls. These frames could also be well displayed above her hot pink colored bedding for a perfect blend.
4. Shape of the Photo Frame
Did you know that there are specific shapes of picture frames that work so well to compliment different rooms? A picture frame that’s circular in shape is the best choice for tiny square rooms. They make the room appear bigger and the circular square shape contrasts well with the square shape of the room. Circular shapes also make a room appear wider than it really is.
Stick to cool colors in this case. A picture frame with mirror boarders will enlarge the room through reflection. Make sure that you have similar frames across the borders for this to work.
Rectangular picture frames are an ideal choice for small rooms as well. The shape stretches out the room which makes it appear longer than it is. However, remember that this shape is not suitable for plus size people as they will appear larger.
If you are looking to create a cozy effect out of a large room with high ceilings, choose oval shaped picture frames. Small squares also work best for this type of room.
Large frames are a suitable choice for newborn babies but not for adult plus size individuals.
5. Style of the Home
If yours is a modern home, you definitely need to invest in modern picture frames. On the other hand, traditional themes need a continuity for the idea to work so this is not the time to change your mind and opt for that large silver photo frame. There are instances where a blend of both modern and traditional themes work but it needs a lot of expertise to make it work.
On the market, there are various picture frames with unique finishes that work well to depict the theme of the room. some are well finished off with beach rocks, animal print, and even fur. With the right expert on your side, you can custom make yours for a perfect finish.
There is a lot that you can do with your picture frame. You can let it speak for you or help tone down the feel of the room. At the end of the day, this is where every individual member of your family will be well represented.