Picture frames come in multiple styles and sizes, each suited to different purposes. When you see an art print or a stunning photo with personal meaning, the picture frame completes it. The style of the frame can help enhance the aesthetics. The opposite can happen too though.
Read on to discover the top five types of picture frames and how and when to use them.
This is a complete set requiring two components. The picture frame and a mount board. The mount board is used to add a layer of protection that prevents prints from coming into contact with the glazing in photo frames, eliminating the risk of photos sticking.
The gallery frame is the type you would see at museums. Traditionally, the mount board is an off-white shade. However, so long as the board is acid-free, it will provide the same level of protection.
Modern photo frames
The term “modern” is thrown around a lot. When the term is used to describe a picture frame, it means it has a thinner frame profile.
Traditional frames have thicker profiles that add to the art. The term “modern” signifies a minimalist frame profile. Use this type when you want the emphasis to be solely on the art. Modern frames are created to be thin so that the art remains the focal point.
The name is self-explanatory. The frame is designed to create a visual illusion of art floating on the wall. It is still protected within a frame. Clear acrylic floating frames can be used for any type of art.
Canvas floating frames are deeper to accommodate the thicker materials and are unglazed as canvas requires less protection than paper prints. Use these when you want to add a creative element to a canvas print or when you want the protection of a photo frame without the look of having a border surrounding the art.
Shadow frames may also go by the term deep-set frames. These are the types to use for framing objects. As an example, to frame collector’s items or memorabilia.
Many types of picture frames are designed to be either hung or displayed freestanding. The smaller frames tend to have a pull-out stand. Larger frames do not always have these.
Tabletop frames are generally standard size picture frames of 6” x 4”, 7” x 5”, and 10” x 8”. Wall hanging frames are more often sizes of 12” x 8” and upwards. With or without a stand though, larger frames can be displayed leaning against a wall/backdrop, such as placed on a side table or the shelf of a bookcase.
For tabletop displays, layering different sizes creates an interesting look. As an example, leaning large frames at the back with smaller frames to the front of a collection of frames displayed freestanding using the pull-out stand.