How to Choose the best Picture frame
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How to Choose the best Picture frame

One of the best ways to capture memories is through pictures. But you have to present those photos in a significant way that reflects the same level of affection and care in the picture.

The quality of your pictures will also be seen in the quality of the frames you use. This is why it is always essential to use high-quality picture frames that are also aesthetically pleasing to give your pictures the same appeal found on an art piece. Different types of frames are available in the market in different sizes, styles, and colors. While this is a good thing because of the wide variety you get to choose from, it can also make it harder for you to choose the best frame, especially if you don't know what procedures to follow or what constitutes a good frame.

Picture Frame types

Picture frames are usually classified into four main categories, namely:

Wooden Frames

If you want a frame that makes your picture look more natural, then you should buy a wooden one. These have a natural look that gives them the ability to blend in with different surfaces. They are available in various types that you can select, depending on the other decorations you have. For instance, if most of your decor, including wall painting, have warmer colors like red, wooden frames with darker tones like mahogany will be more suitable. If the decor has cooler tones like blue or green, then lighter shades like oak will be the better-suited frames.

Metal Frames

While wood can fit any background and are considered more traditional, metal picture frames are considered trendier and more modern. However, they have their ability to make any picture more vibrant and improve the physical pleasantness of the picture. For this reason, they are usually used in selected pictures like wedding or family photos as well as landscape photos. If you want to attract instant attention to the picture, then a metal frame will help you do that. They have also been known to add great contrast to black and white photos.

Canvas Frames

If you are looking for a custom size and don’t want the frame to distract from the image, then this option is for you. The slight float between the canvas and deep frame makes for a unique visual effect unlike anything else available.

White Frames

If you intend to make the photo look casual, then buy a white frame. These frames also add a modern twist to your photo selections, and they will bring out the darker shades in your picture. Lighter shades will blend into the background making the picture look more stylish.


Like metal picture frames, black frames have a way of bringing more elegance to the picture and are considered to be contemporary frames. If you want the darker features of your picture to be more pronounced, then a black frame will do the trick. For this reason, you should use the frame on monochrome pictures.

Additional tips

• Choosing a frame that contrasts your wall color will drive more attention to the picture. You should, therefore, try to choose a frame that is different from your walls and floors. It can resemble some of the colors that have been used on some of the decors to create a seamless blend but make sure the walls and floors are different.

• Lighter frames tend to have a casual effect than darker frames. As such, if your goal is to bring elegance, then choose black, metal, or darker wooden frames. Both white and darker frames will still add a stylish effect to the picture.

• When choosing a frame, focus more on the decorations. That is in the room where you intend to place it rather than on the picture. If you focus on finding a frame that goes well with the picture, you could end up having a frame that doesn't compliment your interior decor.

• To draw more attention to the picture instead of the frame, choose a frame with a color that contrasts the mat color. If the colors closely match, people's focus will be on the frame and not on the photo. This is very important if you're framing your art pieces and not just family or personal pictures.


You’ll want to frame whatever you buy. Any good framers will be able to show you a vast range of different solutions and advise on what might be the most suitable given the work and its proposed location.

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