Interior Design: Choosing Picture Frames

Posted on: 24 September 2018

If you have recently moved into a new home, you will no doubt be working hard to get the place looking just how you want it. While most people will consider the colour of the walls and how the furniture matches the fixtures and fittings, fewer people will consider the frames they use to hang their paintings and photographs. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about this topic.

Choosing a frame

The type of frames you choose can have a big impact on the feel and character of a space. Before deciding on the material you wish to use to frame your photos or artwork, you should consider the look you are trying to create. Below is an outline of some of the most popular materials used to create frames:


Aluminium is easy to clean and will not be subjected to corrosion. However, you should only really opt for this option if you are going for a minimalist and modern look with clean lines and simple block colours. If you attempt to use aluminium in a more traditional setting, it will look out of place.


Stained wood is the classic choice for framing pictures. While this material will work well in any room, it will have the best effect in a room which is traditionally decorated. Stained wood can help to create a sense of grandeur, so it is perfect if you wish to frame an oil painting or a portrait of a family member.


Gold leaf picture frames are the type you see in art galleries. Because these frames are created using actual gold, they can be quite expensive. If you wish to purchase a vintage gold-leaf frame, you can expect to pay even more. A cheaper option may be to buy a frame which has been treated with gold paint. Gold-leaf or gold painted frames can look over-the-top, so you should be careful where you place them. If the room isn't decorated in a traditional way, you should be sure that the gold frame is juxtaposed with other objects, so it becomes a bold statement.


The advantage of opting for plastic frames is that they are cheap, lightweight and are available in a range of colours. Plastic is best if you want to create a modern look, but you are operating on a budget. Plastic works well if you are framing modern art such as Pop Art as it perfectly matches the vibe.

If you would like more info, you should contact a framing service.