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  • Kelly Ann Jones

Tips for finding frames for a gallery wall

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A gallery wall is a great way to showcase your favourite artwork, photographs and mementos that can transform your home to reflect your personal style. See blog post on how to create a gallery wall here:

Having a gallery wall can also add interest and break up bare walls, making your space feel more inviting and dynamic. They can also complement your existing décor by incorporating colours, patterns or texture that match your room.

Finding the right frame for your artwork can be a daunting experience for some. But by following these simple tips you can make it less overwhelming.

1. Identify the theme and style for your gallery wall.

Take into consideration the current décor of your home. What is the overall vibe? Is it minimalist? Modern? Traditional? Bohemian? Once you have determined this you can start to narrow down the theme and style of your gallery wall.

2. What do you want your gallery wall to say about you?

Do you want to showcase your family? Your travels? Your favourite artwork? By knowing this you can start to look for frames that match the aesthetic you want to create.

3. Choose a colour palette for the frames.

The colour of the frames can play a big roll in the overall look and feel of your gallery wall. If you want a clean and modern look, choose frames in black, white or silver. If you want a more eclectic look, choose frames in a variety of colours and materials.

Finding the right frames for your artworks.

Choosing the right frame for your art can make a big difference in the overall impact. The right frame can compliment the artwork's style and enhance its beauty, while the wrong frame can distract from the artwork or even make it look worse.

Factors to consider:

1. Style of the artwork

The style of the frame should compliment the style of the art. For example, a traditional painting may look best in a gold-leafed frame, while a modern painting may look better in a sleek minimalist frame.

2. Colour of the artwork

The colour of the frame should also compliment the colour of the artwork. A frame that is too similar in colour to the art can blend in a make the art look less vibrant. On the other hand, a frame that is too different in colour an detract from the art.

3. The size of the artwork

The size of the frame should be proportional to the size of the art. A frame that is too small will make the art look bigger, while a frame that is too big will make the art look smaller.

4. The material of the frame

The material of the frame should be durable and appropriate for the style of art. Wood frames are a classic choice, but metal, plastic and even bamboo frames can also be a good option.

5. The cost of the frames

Frames can range in price from very inexpensive to very expensive. It is important to set a a budget before you start shopping for frames so that you don't overspend.

If you are unsure of what type of frame to choose, consider asking a professional framer for help. They can help you choose a frame that is the right style, colour and size that you need.

Consider using the same type of frame for all of your artworks. This can create a cohesive look in your home.

Don't be afraid to experiment with different types of frames. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing frames, so have fun and see what you like.

Ultimately, the best way to choose the right frames for your art is to trust your taste and experiment with different options. With a little bit of effort, you can find the perfect frames that will complement you art and photos and enhance their beauty.

Where to find frames

1. Art supply stores

Most art supply stores typically have a wide selection of frames in a variety of styles, colours, and sizes. You can also find custom framing services at some art supply stores. Most of these stores can also be found online.

2. craft stores

Most craft stores have a good selection of frames often at lower prices than art supply stores. They may not have as a wide a selection of high-end frames, but they are a good option if you are on a budget.

3. Department stores

Department stores often have a small selection of frames, usually in basic styles and colours. These frames are typically very affordable, but they may not be as high-quality as frames from art supply and craft stores.

4. Online retailers

There are many online retailers that sell frames, including Amazon, Etsy and Ebay. Online retailers can be a good option if you are looking for a specific style or size of frame that you can't find in stores.

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5. Antique shops

Antique shops can be a great place to find unique and vintage frames. However the quality of antique frames can vary, so it's important to inspect them carefully before you buy.

6. Local framers

Local framers can custom make frames. This is a good option if you have a specific vision for your frames or if you need a frame for a non-standard size object.

7. Charity shops and second-hand shops 

You can find some great frames in these shops. I have bought many a painting from a charity shop because I have loved the frame. I have just removed the painting and replaced it with my art.

Always measure your artwork or photos using both centimetres and inches. This is because some frames are measure in centimetres and others in inches.

I hope that these tips help you to find the right frames and that you are able to create a perfect gallery wall in your home.

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