Photographs, paintings, certificates… There are lots of special items in your life that deserve to be placed on your wall for all to see.
But how do you choose the right frame? Finding that perfect option is about much more than just picking out the right colour: you have to balance a range of criteria to strike the perfect balance between aesthetics and practicality.
We are here to help. Here is our guide on how to find the perfect picture frame.
How to choose the perfect picture frame
We believe that there are seven distinct steps in this process. Here is a closer look at each of them.
Select the correct style
First and foremost, you are going to want to think about the correct style. This means that you should give deep consideration to the object that you are framing and the environment that it will be framed in.
If you close your eyes and imagine both, does a particular type of frame pop into your mind? You will want to think about things like colour and size. Note down a few prominent points that you have in mind, and these can help you with the rest of the steps.
If you are having trouble visualising your ideal frame, then you can of course turn to the web to get some inspiration! You could search for framing ideas related to the specific item that you are going to frame.
Find the right material
Now that you have some ideas, it’s time to think about the actual material that your frame will be made of.
There are positives and negatives to the all of the materials that you could work with. At this point, you should think mostly about the material in terms of aesthetics rather than practicality.
Different types of metals and woods have varying finishes, so you should think about which one best fits your needs. A beautiful stained oak frame, for example, adds a touch of refinement while a beech frame looks clean and refined to offer a contemporary look.
If you are a little lost here (there is a lot of choice!), you could consult with a professional to see the materials that they have on offer and how each one can be finished.
Choose the right colour
Now that you have an idea of the material that you might like to work with, it’s time to think about the finish that you will apply to it. In your mind’s eye, do you picture a particular colour?
You should try to choose a frame colour that will help your prized possession to stand out from its surroundings without being garish. A black frame on a white wall is a classic, for example, because it works so well to differentiate the frame from its surroundings.
Think about the colour of the wall where you will hang your frame. If it is blue, for example, then a clean white frame might offer a beautiful and fresh look.
Think about texture
Do you imagine your frame as having any grain or texture to it? Will it have a clean and smooth finish, or will the wood still have knots and imperfections in it?
The texture of your final frame can help to really tie together a look and make a big statement about the style that you are going for. Imperfections and grain in the wood offer a more rustic and classical feel, while smoothly polished and refined frames can support a contemporary look.
Identify the right scale
Think about the item that you are going to frame – does it have to be a certain size? Or is the work yet to be commissioned or printed?
You should think about the size of the final work itself, and also consider how you might incorporate a passepartout into the frame to add some distance from the frame and draw attention to the piece that you have framed.
Work with a trusted manufacturer
Of course, you will also want to identify a manufacturer that you can trust to create your bespoke frame. The right partner will be able to help you on all of the above decisions, walking you through the process and offering guidance at each step.
A skillful manufacturer will also be able to create a very high-quality frame that can last you for years to come. Bespoke framing is far superior when compared to purchasing a pre-fabricated frame. Looking to learn more about why? Check out our blog post on why you should choose bespoke framing.
We hope that this has helped you on your quest to find the perfect picture frame for your needs. If you are looking for additional advice be sure to check out our blog which is packed with inspiration and guidance.