Picture frames are a great way to show off your favorite memories. Whether you have just gotten married, had a child, or experienced something else that is important to you, it’s always fun to see the photos in the frame on your wall! But how do you find quality picture frames? Many things go into making an outstanding picture frame – from the type of materials used and the size of the frame.
Forget for a moment about all other picture framing choices, and let’s focus on personalized picture frames because they are truly unique! These types of pictures make any home look better by adding personality and a sense of uniqueness. Sure, you can buy a generic frame at your local store, but it won’t have the same effect as a personalized frame. When was the last time you saw a picture frame with someone’s name on it?
Personalized frames come in all shapes and sizes, so there is definitely one that will fit your picture perfectly! The best part about these frames is that they can be made to order according to your specific needs and preferences. Whether you want a wooden or metal frame, with or without a mat, we can create the perfect customized picture frame for you.
We’ll talk about what makes a high-quality photo frame stand out from its lower counterparts and how personalized picture frames can make them stand out.
Secrets to a Quality Picture Frame
Picture Frame Materials
The picture frame materials used are important because the frame itself is the first thing people see when looking at a photo. It can make or break how attractive your picture looks to others! If you have cheap materials, then it’s not going to look very good and could end up distracting from what matters most – the photos in the frame.
When it comes to a quality picture frame material, many things go into making them stand out. With wood frames, having real hardwood veneers will give any room an instant upgrade because these pieces of furniture last forever and never lose their value due to trends. Many companies use plywood instead of true solid woods, which lowers prices and reduces durability significantly over time. Look for clear coat finishes on wood frames to protect them from everyday wear and tear.
Metal picture frames are also a popular choice, but make sure that the metal is good quality. Thin metals will bend easily, while cheaper metals will rust over time. Be sure to look for a powder coat finish that helps prevent scratches and other damage.
The glass used in the picture frame is also important. Cheap glass can easily shatter and break, while high-quality glasses will be more difficult to damage. It’s always a good idea to choose UV-protected or Conservation Grade glass which helps protect your photos from fading over time. The glazing is the first line of defense for your artwork against the external environment. Without this protective barrier, your picture is at risk of damage from dust or physical damage, as well as humidity and condensation. Picture frame glazing is usually made using either glass or acrylic. Both come in several options depending on the level of protection required and your budget. Starting at Clear Float Glass, this is a standard choice that goes up to Non-Glare and Museum Glass (high UV protection). Acrylic Perspex comes in clear and non-glare and is perfect in larger frames where hanging weight may be an issue.
An additional feature in a custom frame is an optional surround or matboard placed between the glass and artwork. Aside from providing a border and color accent that enhances the image, it creates a space between the art and glass. Depending on your artwork size, individual mats can be layered to create double or triple mats. The mat is another important part of the frame because it surrounds and protects your photo. A high-quality mat can be made out of different materials such as cotton or wool fibers – both of which add an extra layer of protection against dirt, dust, and fingerprints. They also help to keep the photo in place, so it doesn’t move around inside the frame. You’ll want at least 0.25″ of matting on all sides of the photo for a high-quality look.
The frame’s backing is also important. The backing is the foundation of a picture frame and what holds it all together, so if it’s not strong enough or flimsy, then you may have problems with your frame in the future. Look for an acid-free mat board that will keep pictures from yellowing over time from exposure to sunlight and humidity. The backing board sits at the back of the frame and is unseen, providing a rigid, sturdy backing to keep your artwork from moving or warping. The two main options for the backing board are basic and adhesive foam core, the latter of which is not advised for irreplaceable artwork.
The size of the frame is also important because it needs to be proportionate to the size of the photo. A too-large or too-small frame will make the photo stand out oddly and could take away from its beauty. When selecting a frame, always go with one that is slightly larger than your picture so that there is a border around it. This makes the photo appear as if it was meant to be in a frame!
Personalized Picture Frames
As we mentioned before, personalized picture frames are unique and can really add personality to any home. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you’re sure to find one that fits your picture perfectly. Not only do they look great, but they also make a statement about who you are as a person.
When you have a custom print or a favorite photo or poster, custom photo frames can be the perfect way to showcase your favorite pieces. A personalized picture frame will stand out because it’s something that you have chosen for yourself, so choosing one with a unique design or shape can make it even more appealing to those who come across it.
Not only are they great for photos and artwork, but custom picture frames also look beautiful on mirrors. Mirrors are very versatile pieces of décor that provide an extra sense of spaciousness in any room – especially small ones! This is why mirror-mounted pictures work perfectly as wall art without visually overwhelming. This allows people to see themselves while enjoying their photos which makes them feel special when hanging up in their own homes or businesses!
To summarize, here are the key points to keep in mind when choosing a picture frame:
- Use high-quality materials and opt for non-glare glass if possible.
- Ensure that your personalized photo frames have good matting, backing support, and correct sizing.
When choosing picture frame materials, there is no one right answer because each material has its pros and cons depending on what you want from it! However, we do recommend using wood or metal as these two options will give long-lasting durability for many years of use. Of course, this also depends on how careful you’ll be with your customized picture frames! If you’re looking into framing artwork, choose an acid-free mat board that keeps pictures from yellowing over time from exposure to sunlight and humidity.