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Frame USA February News

We have some exciting new things taking place around Frame USA and we want to share them with you!

 

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The Executive Picture Frame series is great for awards, certificates, artwork and just about anything you’d be looking to frame. These frames really bring to life any room where a rich and warming presence is required.

All Executive Picture Frames are 10% off for the month of February with Coupon Code: Feb10

Wood is a classic material for crafting picture frames and has been in use for centuries due to its abundance and how easy it is to use.

Hanging Picture Frames

Hanging Picture Frames The Frame USA Way

Tips for Hanging Picture Frames

Even though Frame USA specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of picture frames, we’ll be the first to admit that not every piece of artwork calls for a frame. Many contemporary pieces are meant to display alone, or with a minimal floater frame. You should ideally use a frame any time you do not have a canvas, or when the art work can’t be displayed on its own.

Some artist simply mat their artwork while others will buy a frame in the correct size for their piece. Custom framing is another option, but the concept remains the same — don’t let the framing overpower the artwork. The frame you choose should add to the art or simply make it easier to display, not distract from the artwork.

As another precaution, don’t frame a piece of art for the sole purpose of matching a room. Art can be arranged in any which way, whereas a room can undergo many changes over time.

Once you’ve decided on the proper frame for your art, the next step is frame hanging! When hanging picture frames you want to aim for the average eye-level to get the best reaction. Meaning once the framed artwork is on the wall, you should be able to stand in front of the piece with your head level, your gaze should fall just about in the center or just below the center of the artwork.  Art is meant to be viewed and appreciated, and won’t have quite the same effect unless it’s easily viable.

Hanging Picture Frames

When selecting what kind of frame hanging accessories to use; you must take into consideration a few things. First, you need to thing about what the type of material the wall you are hanging frames on is made out of. This is important because you need to get picture frame accessories appropriate for that type of material.

The second thing to consider is how heavy your artwork is. Most frame hanging accessories have sizes designed for certain pound ranges. Select one rated for the picture frame you intend to hang.  If in doubt, go for a stronger hanger! It’s better for your hanger to be too strong than not strong enough and have your framed art fall off your wall.

Now is time for the best part, stand back and enjoy your framed art!

Hanging Picture Frames
Hanging Picture Frames

Creating a Picture Wall Gallery

When displaying pictures, a picture wall is a trendy and creative way memorialize your artwork and photos. Crafting a diverse assortment of images for your picture wall can be a little difficult when you’re trying to decipher where to begin and how to balance the layout and sizes of the image to create something ascetically pleasing.

Simply hanging a few pictures on a wall can be dull, picture walls are a fun way to bring your living space to life with art. When creating a photo wall gallery you want to try and have the center of your exhibit eye level. Ideally, most frames should be hung at eye level, about 60 inches (or five feet) off the ground, but when working with a wall display you mainly want eye level to be the focal point of your photo wall.

When deciding on the frames for your picture wall you want to have some sense of unity in your display. You want to use a similar style of frames, for example, you don’t want to mix metal frames and wood picture frames just like you wouldn’t want to mix a modern style of frame with an ornate picture frame. But, you do want to vary the size of the picture frames you select. Having all the frames the same size will leave you with an extremely bland photo wall.

Picture Wall
House Interior Picture Wall

 

Picture Wall 2
Bedroom Picture Wall

 

Picture Wall 3
Office Picture Wall

These creative ideas are a great resource to use to give you a starting point.  Once you get arranging, expand or tweak the layout to fit the photos you have. Sometimes it’s boring to display just 1 or 2 pictures on a wall, be adventurous and create a picture wall. Picture Walls are much more interesting and a way to tell a story with your photos.

Christmas Family Pictures

During the holiday season a lot of families enjoy displaying their family and their love by taking photos. Lucky for you, Frame USA has you covered when it comes to Christmas Family Pictures. One of the top selling picture frame series is our Corporate Series. We understand why, it comes in a variety of classic colors that truly look great for any style of decor. We didn’t want to limit our customers to just one style of these awesome family picture frames so through out the years that we have been in business we have added some other members to the Corporate Series.

Things you need to know about our Corporate Picture Frames:

The Frame USA Corporate series are a clean, simple and elegant. These make great Christmas family pictures, smaller certificate frames and matted frames, as well as larger paintings, prints and photos. As one of our more affordable frame series, these are made in America from eco-friendly bonanza wood.

Corporate Picture Frames

Corporate Christmas Family Pictures
Corporate Christmas Family Pictures
The Frame USA Corporate Wood Picture Frame Series is clean and simple like our Architect Series, but larger and more substantial. Great for smaller certificate frames and matted frames as well as larger paintings, prints, or photos. It is also one of our most affordable picture frame. This frame is made in America from Eco-Friendly Bonanza wood and is available in 10 rich colors.
Corporate Thin Picture Frames
Corporate Thin Christmas Family Pictures
Corporate Thin Christmas Family Pictures
The Corporate Thin moulding measures 3/4″ wide and is made in America from eco-friendly Bonanza Wood. The Corporate Thin series is not available in Classic Gold, Silver, or either Barnwood varieties but comes in all the other colors from our Corporate family.
Corporate Rounded Picture Frames
Corporate Rounded Christmas Family Pictures
Corporate Rounded Christmas Family Pictures
The Corporate Rounded wood frames are  made in America from eco-friendly Bonanza Wood, with eight popular colors to choose from. Sleek, and contemporary with a rounded profile, these family picture frames are extremely affordable. They are available in many popular sizes including 11×17 and 24×36 but if you need custom frames, these can also be ordered in non-standard sizes.
Corporate Wide Picture Frames
Corporate Wide Christmas Family Pictures
Corporate Wide Christmas Family Pictures
The Corporate Wide series is clean and consistent with a bold two-inch profile These wood picture frames are made in America from eco-friendly Bonanza Wood and with ten popular colors to choose from.
Christmas Family Pictures
Christmas Family Pictures

Family Picture Frames

One of the top selling picture frame series is our Corporate Series. We understand why, it comes in a variety of classic colors that truly look great for any style of decor. We didn’t want to limit our customers to just one style of these awesome family picture frames so through out the years that we have been in business we have added some other members to the Corporate Series.

Things you need to know about our Corporate Picture Frames:

The Frame USA Corporate Family Picture Frames are a clean, simple and elegant. These family picture frames are great for smaller certificate frames and matted frames, as well as larger paintings, prints and photos. As one of our more affordable frame series, these family picture frames are made in America from eco-friendly bonanza wood.

Corporate Picture Frames

Corporate Family Picture Frames
Corporate Family Picture Frames
The Frame USA Corporate Wood Picture Frame Series is clean and simple like our Architect Series, but larger and more substantial. Great for smaller certificate frames and matted frames as well as larger paintings, prints, or photos. It is also one of our most affordable picture frame. This frame is made in America from Eco-Friendly Bonanza wood and is available in 10 rich colors.
Corporate Thin Picture Frames
Corporate Thin Family Picture Frames
Corporate Thin Family Picture Frames
The Corporate Thin moulding measures 3/4″ wide and is made in America from eco-friendly Bonanza Wood. The Corporate Thin series is not available in Classic Gold, Silver, or either Barnwood varieties but comes in all the other colors from our Corporate family.
Corporate Rounded Picture Frames
Corporate Rounded Family Picture Frames
Corporate Rounded Family Picture Frames
The Corporate Rounded wood frames are  made in America from eco-friendly Bonanza Wood, with eight popular colors to choose from. Sleek, and contemporary with a rounded profile, these family picture frames are extremely affordable. They are available in many popular sizes including 11×17 and 24×36 but if you need custom frames, these can also be ordered in non-standard sizes.
Corporate Wide Picture Frames
Corporate Wide Family Picture Frames
Corporate Wide Family Picture Frames
The Corporate Wide series is clean and consistent with a bold two-inch profile These wood picture frames are made in America from eco-friendly Bonanza Wood and with ten popular colors to choose from.

Photo Wall – A Fun Way to Revitalize a Living Space

A photo wall is a wall frame display similar to your own mini art gallery. Basically, it is a ton of different sized photos thrown on a wall with some kind of order to it. These photo walls are a popular way to display family portraits, artwork, or any type of memory you want to share with the world.

A popular place many people are designing their photo wall is around their staircases. A photo wall display easily livens up a usually boring staircase and is the perfect area to place smaller wall frames. As you walk up or down the steps you can arrange the wall frames to gradually age for a nice effect.

Photo Wall
Staircase Photo Wall

One way to spice up your photo wall is to use shelves to help display your pictures. The majority of photo walls are simply a collection of photos hung together that all have a matching theme. Using shelves is an underrated means to add a different feel to your photo wall. Also, using a ledge display can save space because you can layer your photos in order to fit more in a smaller space, something that’s not as easy when arranging them on a photo wall.

On a similar accord, monograms are a nice decorative design that can add flair to you photo walls. This is especially prevalent if you are hanging family photos as it can be a nice way to identify the people photographed as well as break up the monotony of the photos.

The newest trend in photo walls is taking full advantage of your bathroom. Similar to how photo walls can be used to liven up a staircase, these wall frames can also bring to life a bland bathroom.

Photo Wall
Bathroom Photo Wall

A mistake that some people don’t even consider when embarking on their own photo wall journey is sticking with only the standard photo size. The wall frames you chose to hang on your photo wall do not have to be uniform. In fact, using different photo sizes as opposed is a great way to make your photo wall less repetitive.

Lastly, make sure you know the proper methods of how to hang photos so as not to damage the wall or the frame and get started today!

Home is where the heart is…

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Home is where the heart is…  And where you hang your pictures

 

I love walking into a person’s house, or even an office, and the first thing they say is, “make yourself at home.” I then sit and try and become comfortable in a somewhat foreign environment. I begin to look around and see how the host has truly made the surrounding area in which I sit their home.

Whether a house, an office, or even just a desk, we like to “make ourselves at home.” We aren’t completely at ease, completely settled, or satisfied until we put just a bit of our personal touch to the area. And how do most people do to do this? They display pictures.

Walk into an office and try not to notice the images displayed on walls, shelves, and the desk itself. Enter your best friend’s sitting room and try to ignore the gallery of family photos hanging over the couch. You can’t! We find ourselves taken in to another person’s life. We become aware that, “this is their space.” And all it took was a picture. Stories were being displayed of

The last quarter of 2016 held a lot of exciting changes in my life. In early October I moved to a new state, and started a new job. In November my husband and I were joined in marriage, we began a new life together. Between the move and marriage there wasn’t a lot of time to become truly settled. My heart, although excited to be with my husband, was not at yet home. Our home felt more like a hotel, a temporary dwelling, a place we would not be for long… and something had to be done about this.

And so, I started hanging picture frames. My husband and I chose just the right ones, the ones that would emphasize the photos that would soon fill them. I stepped back, and even before they had a picture to display, the frames had created a whole new room, inviting us to make it our own.

When a work trip that took me away from home for a short time, my husband filled those frames as a surprise to me. When I walked into our home, my heart was settled… this was OUR HOME! It belonged to us, and no one else. Those were our memories being displayed.

And so I decided, home is indeed, “where the heart is,” but it’s also where you hang your pictures.

 

DIY Picture Frames – Mosaic Picture Frame

Mosaic Picture Frame
Mosaic Picture Frame

Whether you have old picture frames lying around unused or you’re just a creative person who loves new projects, our DIY Mosaic Picture Frames are just the thing for you. A mosaic is art that’s made by combining pieces of glass, tile, stone, etc. in a decorative manner.

Turning your frame into a mosaic is not as difficult as the fancy name suggest. There are a few items you will need to complete your very own DIY Mosaic Picture Frame:

  • Picture Frame
  • Colored Glass (tile, mirrors, stone or pottery would be an acceptable substitute)
  • Grout (or other adhesive)

To start this project you first need to break the items you plan on using to decorate the picture frame with.  Once you feel you have broken your items into enough pieces to cover the picture frame you need to spread some grout onto the frame. With your picture frame covered in grout you now place the broken pieces of your item onto the grout covered frame. Next you need to fully allow your frame to set and dry for a couple of hours. After your picture frame is completely dry there will be a layer of grout on top of your mosaic pieces but it will come off with a damp paper towel.

When doing DIY projects we suggest using our Decorate-it Picture Frames or our Unfinished Picture Frames. These wooden picture frames are perfect for people with that do-it-yourself spirit. Created especially for crafting, these frames can be painted, stained and decorated with ease.

Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames
Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames

Send us pictures and let us know how your mosaic picture frames turned out. Then check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frames and ideas.

White Picture Frames

One of the more requested picture framing choices is housing an image in a white picture frame. White frames can make artwork more exquisite by creating a clean and classic feel. White picture frames are extremely versatile and can make colors pop without overpowering the image which in turn will make the art standout.

Using white and black artwork and frames to decorate is rapidly gaining popularity much in part to improved cameras and the growing inclination to use earth tones/neutral colors and muted tones such as black, white, gray, brown or beige.

Black and white photographs, artwork and frames add character and depth to walls and living spaces and they do this without disturbing the color scheme of the room. In addition to adding character, white picture frames can also highlight colors like green, red, or yellow and are easy to incorporate.

Normally white & black pictures and artwork are matted with white or cream boards to help separate the image from the frame. Nowadays black & white photography has gained new traction thanks to new technology which allows old color photos to be reprinted in black and white and along with that, new images can be turned into black and white photos due to the same advancements in digital cameras and photo editing technology.
White Frames Black and White Image

White picture frames are great for almost any style of decor. They provide a classic simple clean look to any image and Frame USA delivers with a wide variety of styles.

Wood Picture Frames vs Metal Picture Frames

Picture frames can be made out of a wide variety of materials, but the two most popular types of frames are Wood Picture Frames and Metal Picture Frames. Wood and metal are very easy to find and on top of that they are easy to work with when you’re looking to customize a frame, making these frames highly sought-after.

Although wood and metal picture frames are both versatile and each can suite just about any picture framing need you could encounter, they do have a few subtle differences.

Wood is a classic material for crafting picture frames and has been in use for centuries due to its abundance and how easy it is to use. Wood frames can be painted or stained in nearly every color imaginable, which provides you with plenty of variety when trying to frame art or compliment the aesthetic of a room. Wooden picture frames are perfectly paired with tradition style artwork and are a good place to start for any kind of picture framing job.

Wood Picture Frames
Wood Picture Frames

On the other hand, metal picture frames provide a more modern look and feel than their wooden counterparts. While metal frames don’t have as wide a spectrum of colors to choose from (as opposed to wood picture frames) they make up for it with their durability. Banging or dropping a wood frame can cause chips in the paint or dents. Not only will a metal picture frame resist a few bumps, but if a side does in fact end up damaged it can be unattached and replaced.

Metal Picture Frames
Metal Picture Frames

Our wooden picture frames are a top choice and are crafted from real wood, MDF, eco-friendly wood composite or laminate. Additionally, the metal frames we produce are durable and stylish, made from extruded aluminum, these frames can easily make the right statement when placed in any interior. At the end of the day Metal and wood picture frames are both excellent choices when framing artwork.