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Artistic Picture Frames

Six ideas for great designs

Picture frames are practical and decorative at the same time: they protect your photos and images from dust, dirt and stains, bring it into the right light and are also a real eye-catcher. No matter your interior design - with the right frame you will complete your flat. Here are six fabulous ideas for decorating with picture frames:

It depends on the frame – make sure you choose a specific material

It depends on the frame – make sure you choose a specific material

Brass is currently very trendy - the material and colour are very modern and elegant at the same time. If you think tone on tone is boring and prefer something more upbeat, that’s no trouble: picture frames are ideal for skilfully staged contrasts and accents. If you prefer something more minimalist, you can hang a large picture in a lush, antique golden frame on the wall and create a real highlight.

Go wild and individually customise your frame

Bring out the DIY hero in you; create the right frame out of different materials. Knit a sweater for your picture! Coarse wool and cable stitches aren’t just trendy on the runways. Paper is also a cheap and great material for colourful picture frames, and it’s easy to work with.

Instructions in our blog: napkin frames made easy

Instructions in our blog: napkin frames made easy

Another marvellous idea is to paste over old frames which are no longer as beautiful with fabric remnants - that too-small dress with the beautiful pattern no longer needs to take up space in the closet. Go ahead and browse through flea markets! You will definitely find great treasures that you can use for your latest DIY project. If you’re lucky, you’ll find an old panel door that you can strip, repaint and decorate with special photos! Join in the upcycling trend and upgrade discarded frames to your taste! You won’t only be doing something for the environment, but you’ll have a one-of-a-kind item on your walls, sure to draw envious looks.

Present your frames perfectly

If you want to present your pictures effectively, you won’t only need the right frames, but also the perfect place and the right hanging. Of course, the wall is the first option that comes to mind. Good idea! When hanging, make sure you follow your chosen motifs and your interior design.

A clean series hanging in a wall creates a clean atmosphere

A clean series hanging in a wall creates a clean atmosphere

If you prefer it to be calmer and more organized, you can try a symmetrical hanging with the same or similar picture frames; you’ll need a pencil, measuring tape and a level. But it’s not a must: various different picture frames and a relaxed style of hanging them up bring life into your four walls.

If you change your decor often and don’t want to create new holes in your wall, there are alternatives. Install gallery rails on your walls - you can present new pictures and frames according to your whims.

Ideal and very modern for large rooms: placing pictures on the ground instead of hanging

Ideal and very modern for large rooms: placing pictures on the ground instead of hanging

In spacious rooms the floor is a great place for large pictures, which gives your apartment an urban and contemporary-chic look. Also think about whether you want to create a framework for your frame: you can use gallery rails, but you can also invent new possibilities with DIY and create your own. If you panel part of your wall with wood you can make a strong presentation platform for your picture frames. Or polish up an old fence and fit it with smaller frames. Your photos won’t be the only things in a great scene - your frames will be too.

Shape and content: an unbeatable team

Picture frames don’t just allow your photos to shine, but can also cover a range of other prints and even objects. At the moment typography is very popular - pick a great phrase which will motivate you every day, and put it in the perfect frame!

In our blog: 3D hearts in picture frames in 4 easy steps

In our blog: 3D hearts in picture frames in 4 easy steps

Or frame dried flowers from your last hike. There are no limits to your imagination. Self-made 3D pictures are a fantastic idea. For this you’ll only need the items you want to use, such as a piece of fabric or pretty paper for the background, a frame and a hot glue gun. Remove the glass of the frame and decide how you’d like to present the objects. Then, with the help of the hot glue gun, mount them and you’ll soon have your individual 3D picture!

Empty frames - projection screens for your thoughts

Picture frames are also an interesting decoration even without anything inside. Check out thrift shops or flea markets and keep an eye out for antique frames in different sizes with patina. Remove the rear panel and arrange the various frames in a group, and you’ll have a striking piece in your living room.

It depends on the frames - make sure you pick a specific material

It depends on the frames - make sure you pick a specific material

If you have patterned wallpaper, you can frame some of the pattern with an empty frame. Or fill the frame with a pretty postcard, a photo or a concert ticket from your favourite band. By the way, empty frames also look especially nice in the bathroom: it’s an eye-catching decoration without running the risk of damaging your pictures with moisture.

The gallery effect: floating images in a fine frame

Did the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, the Soho Photo Gallery in New York and the Tate Britain stir something in you? Put your photos out there effectively and elegantly, and customise your own personal gallery. We recommend shadow frames, which put a gap around the photo between the edge of the image and the frame.

The perfect frames: pictures in shadow frames from my-picture.co.uk

The perfect frames: pictures in shadow frames from my-picture.co.uk

This visible gap creates an almost magical effect. Your picture looks like it is floating; it appears more professional, receives more depth and really comes into its own. You can get shadow frames from us for photos on canvas, aluminium prints and Forex®, in the gallery colours black, white, silver and gold, or in a fine wooden finish. Have a look around and find the perfect frames for your own private gallery!

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