Picture Framing Ideas

Frames are essential for preserving your pictures and art work, and come in all shapes and sizes.

The frame itself can be a work of art, but what about what's inside it?

Experiment with different pieces and you'll discover you can frame pretty much anything.

Here are some of Shannon's ideas:

Children's montage
A box-shaped frame makes a beautiful keepsake of baby memories. Include such things as a lock of hair, baby's booties and newborn handprints or footprints etc.

Empty frames
An empty frame leaned against a wall with black and white photos stuck to the wall behind is a fantastic idea, as you're framing a subject matter without interfering with the frame. Our frame was made from wood bought from the hardware store and painted with two coats of watered-down white acrylic, applied by using a rag and rubbing it over the wood. No backing and glass is required with this display.

Children's drawings
Some classic frames around your children's drawings and paintings give them the treatment they deserve. Children's drawings are very special – even if you're not the parent of the little artist – and they can look great in any household.

Mirrors
All households have mirrors, but placing them inside a special frame turns them into a decorative object rather than a purely functional one.

Paintings
A painting within a frame and a border can look very traditional, and alone on the wall, looks very striking. Framed and without a border, paintings have a more contemporary look.

Perspex frames
Perspex frames can hold any number of special objects. Use perspex cube frames to encase things like fragile petals and leaves or fake flowers. You can also use magnetised perspex frames and slide anything flat inside, like a henna hand-printing stencil, a foreign note, and small pieces of embroidered cloth.

Driftwood frame
Make a beautiful hand-made frame made out of driftwood for those beach-holiday snaps. It's great when the frame relates perfectly to its subject matter, giving it even more sentimental value.

Things to consider:

  • When hanging artwork, a group of pictures should have a common plane. Line them up either along the top, bottom, or from the middle point.
  • Pictures should all be hung at eye level.
  • You don't need a hammer and picture hooks to put your favourite pics on display. Simply prop them up against the wall on top of a shelf or dresser.
  • When choosing a frame, think of the picture rather than the room.
  • Don't be afraid to try something different when framing such as putting a small picture in a large mount.
  • UV proof glass or acrylic will protect works on paper.
  • When mounting pictures, don't use glue, as it can yellow with age and seep through to the front of the picture.
  • Hang rows of identical frames in a line for a dynamic display. And keep it fresh – change pictures around often so you don't get tired of the view.
  • Pictures in groups look fantastic, but always group in odd numbers.

Equipment and Suppliers
Room Interior Products
17 Palmer Parade
Richmond Vic 3121
Ph: (03) 9248 3344
  • perspex frames, from $49.95

  • perspex cubes from $9.95

Right Angle Picture Framing
90 Bondi Road
Bondi Junction NSW 2022
Ph: (02) 9389 6642
  • Aboriginal painted bark in box frame

Orson & Blake
483 Riley Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 8399 2525
  • 3 x leaves in perspex frames, from $600
Cara Bella Designs
10 Rigney Avenue
Kingsford NSW 2032
Ph: (02) 9326 3555
  • 4 x collage/montage frame, $330ea

Deborah Bibby @ Box Press
Level 1, 694 Military Road
Mosman NSW 2088
Ph: (02) 9969 7990

Eras Antiques & Curios
537 King Street
Newtown NSW 2040
Ph: (02) 9557 3331

Lincraft
Stores nationwide

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