Gone are the days of plain, boring picture frames. Today, you can find frame designs to complement any decor. They are great for exhibiting favorite photographs or artwork, but with the many types and styles now available, they are also considered a design element.
For example, if you prefer traditional design, you would probably select picture frames with traditional styling to coordinate with other pieces in your space. If you have a very contemporary design plan, you would most likely choose frames with clean lines. Metallic styles, such as gold or silver leaf, are more appropriate for formal, glamorous decorating schemes. With a more rustic style of decorating, a picture frame made from twigs or grapevine may be the perfect touch, while padded, fabric covered styles work great with country decor.
Picture frames also come in an assortment of textures and finishes, including faux finishes, such as a weathered, "distressed" look. This style adds charm to country decor, goes well with antiques, or adds a unique element to eclectic designs. Aside from textures and finishes, many frames also serve different functions.
There are great frames available to display memorabilia from special events. These include large matting surrounding a smaller photo, providing space for people included in the event to sign their names or add sentimental statements. Complete with markers, these are great for kids and perfect for capturing memories of championship ballgames, prom, birthday parties, or any other special occasion.
For family and friends, especially those that live far away, "talking" picture frames make great gifts. These allow the giver to record a brief message or a piece of music, which the recipient can play and enjoy again and again. Grandparents love to receive pictures of their grandchildren, but when the gift also includes a message in the child's voice, it is even more special.
There are also poster frames, landscape frames, and portrait frames, along with an assortment of other styles and functions. Most are affordable and come complete with the hardware necessary to hang them easily.
Aside from retail picture frames, you can certainly have custom frames made if you desire. While these frames are more costly, the work is guaranteed and you know you will get exactly what you want. You can design custom picture frames yourself, or work with an artisan to create heirloom quality pieces that you and your family will treasure for years to come.