Picture Framing

July 7 2015

Express yourself!

When decorating your condo, one of the final steps is picture framing. It’s an element that tends to reflect the personality of those inhabiting the place. These tips should help you with it.

When decorating your condo, one of the final steps is picture framing. It’s an element that tends to reflect the personality of those inhabiting the place. With plenty of things worth framing, such as travel photos, family pictures, paintings, reprints and posters, there’s no shortage of options for all tastes.

Before putting up frames on the wall, it is important to take into account the room’s lighting, functionality, and the number of frames you need to install. I suggest doing some tests with brown paper. You buy a roll of paper and just cut out the different size frames. You can then paste them to the walls with tape and test multiple layouts.

Here are some basic rules for harmonising all your frames:

  • Ideally, it is better to group your frames around a common theme: artist, style, predominant color, size, orientation, theme or type of frame.
  • The ideal height for the center of the frame or the center of a combination of frames should be at eye level. When the frame is set up to be viewed while one is standing, the center should be at a height of roughly 165 cm. A frame hung too high loses its impact.
  • Vertical arrangements give the illusion of a higher ceiling. Conversely, a horizontally focused arrangement will give the illusion of a wider, larger room.
  • The visual being framed should be chosen according to the size of the wall. A large picture will appear beautifully on a small wall, but a small lonely picture will sadly be lost on a large blank wall.
  • To protect your works, pay attention to their light exposure. Watercolors and pastels will wear out in the sun and spoil over time. Similarly, choose lights with low UV levels (LED, low-energy bulb) to make sure your collection retains its full value. Avoid halogen lights.

You may find some inspiration on our « Wall Gallery » on Pinterest.

Finally, here are a few great places to visit once you start decorating:

Dimensions plus (canvas, reprints, posters, custom made)

Home sense (reprints, posters)

Mobilia

Allposters.ca (reprints, posters)

Etsy (canvas, reprints, posters)

Artfully walls (posters)

Happy decorating!

Photo : Les Bassins du Havre, Griffintown.

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