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Add Flair To Your Home: Use Decorative Picture Frames

Apr 29, 2008
Most people look at picture frames simply as a convenient way to hang pictures on the wall. However, these frames have evolved over the years to be appreciated as an art all its own.

There are various decorative frames available. You can choose to purchase them at local malls or have a custom made frame for you specifically designed for your special piece of art. For example, bright colored frames can have words such as "It's a girl!" to enclose a picture of a brand new baby girl. Other frames can have shapes like cars or pets. If your budget will allow, you can also get styles that can reflect bygone eras with sophisticated elegance. Expensive frames can create drama and flair to your home.

Some people prefer a unified look, hanging the same style of frame in every room, while others will vary the style in each picture. What's important is that you have to make sure that the frames will coordinate to some of the furniture in the room. If you have country or traditional furnishings, you can hang mostly wood frames. Or if you have a modern design, displaying metal frames usually works best.

It's best to choose wisely and look at many styles of these decorative picture frames before you decide what's best for you. There are a lot of internet sites that offer a service of browsing the pictures and comparing the appearance and price of different frames. You can even take advantage of a free feature where you can download copies of the image or art that you will frame, and you will be able to see it with the different frames around it in a wide array of style. This is very helpful especially if you are decorating or renovating your home.

Picture frames can add to your décor or room concept. In fact, some people just hang frames without pictures to provide an artistic decoration of their wall. If you will get various ornate, gilt-edged frames, in a combination of different textures of contemporary art, you can create an interesting conversation piece and accent in your room. And these frames can be inexpensive too! Sometimes you can see some unique finds in flea markets or garage sales.

Decorative picture frames date back 3,000 years ago, and was first used as a religious art. These were the heavy frames encrusted with jewels, and laden with elaborate designs. With the start of 15th century Renaissance, the wealthy merchants and aristocrats decided to commission craftsmen to create elaborate and elegantly carved frames to enclose their portraits. They used these frames to reflect their social status. Until today, the value of hand-crafted items such as picture frames continue to be appreciated and given due recognition as artistic pieces.

Today, the evolution of picture frames bring to us materials made of brass, glass, or plastic. Yet some traditional home owners still choose the classic Baroque and Rococo for the elegance of the design.

So whatever you choose, do not forget to accentuate your home with these decorative picture frames. They are an integral part of your décor and can truly define your unique taste.
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