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  1. 1. Decorative picture frames can add new flair to your décor. But, take a serious look at your space to make sure you’re matching textures and colors before you invest in something that you probably live with for years.
  2. 2. Most people pay little attention to the frame that surrounds a picture,dismissing it as simply a convenient way to hang the piece from a wallHowever, frames have been around almost as long as art and, over the years,have become appreciated as something more than the “finishing touch” thatadds dramatic flair to the pictures they enclose There is a wide variety ofdecorative picture frames available, whether you choose to shop for them atthe local mall or have a custom frame designed specifically for a particularpiece of art Brightly-colored, ready-made frames can proclaim “It’s a boy!”while providing a spot to show off the newest addition to the family
  3. 3. Others are designed to look like everything from the family car to a favorite petwith slots for the pictures you want to display If your budget will allow you tospend a little more on the frame for a particular piece, there are styles thatreflect the elegance of bygone eras while others add dramatic flair to the artyou want to showcase in your home It pays to shop around and look atdifferent types of decorative picture frames before you decide which ones areright for you There are Internet sites where you can download a copy of theart you want to frame, and then see how it looks in a range of styles
  4. 4. This free feature can be especially valuable if youÂ’re just starting to decorateor are considering renovations to your home Sometimes, homeowners prefera unified look, adding the same type of frame to the art that decorates everyroom, while others choose different styles that reflect the taste of individualfamily members While it may not seem at first as important as where youÂ’regoing to place that new sofa, decorative picture frames can add or subtractmuch from the overall style of a room When hanging pictures, remember thatsome pieces are best shown individually, while others are more effectivelydisplayed as a group
  5. 5. When grouping pieces of art together, it isn’t always necessary to select thesame frame for every picture While the decorative picture frames don’tnecessarily have to match each other, however, they should relate to at leastsome of the furnishings in a room If your tastes run toward country or moretraditional furnishings, it is often advisable to look at wood frames first If youenjoy modern or eclectic décor, then the clean lines of metal will probablywork best
  6. 6. Some people enjoy using just frames to decorate their living space A varietyof gilt-edged, ornate frames, interspersed with different colors or textures ofcontemporary styles, can sometimes create an interesting accent in a room Itcan also be an inexpensive decorating choice because unique finds often turnup at flea markets and garage sales  The history of decorative picture frames can be traced backcenturies to the early years of the Christian church
  7. 7. While a type of border or frame appeared around art about 3,000 years ago,the church first used the type of frame we are more familiar with to definereligious art The heavy, jeweled-encrusted frames sometimes were aselaborate as the colorful images they enclosed With the advent of theRenaissance in the 15th century, wealthy aristocrats and merchants decidedthat their portraits deserved an equally fine setting, so they commissionedcraftsmen to create elegantly carved frames that reflected their social status
  8. 8. The value of hand-crafted frames increased as the importance of art grew inthe western world Over the years, decorative picture frames have changed toreflect contemporary tastes But classic styles, such as Baroque and Rococo,are still favored by many homeowners for traditional art
  9. 9. So, even though you canÂ’t sit on them to test their comfort, or you canÂ’ttaste them to see if theyÂ’re the right flavor, decorative picture frames are anintegral part of creating a home that is uniquely yours Choose the ones thatare right for you Article Tags: , , ,
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