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18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

Published on April, 15 2022 by Emily Jasper

Pictures not only evoke a mixture of nostalgia and joy, but they also add a little something extra to your home décor.

But framing photos, art, and other collectibles can be difficult, and choosing coordinated frames for an entire room is among one of the most challenging things a homeowner will do. But standard, wall-mounted frames purchased from a retailer are not your only option for displaying your (although that certainly works when you find a look you love). To that end, we're sharing a and shoppable items that will inspire you to get your favorite photos or art up on the walls once and for all. 

If you love a good craft, you'll be thrilled to know that there are several picture frame ideas that you can make yourself. We're showing you how to create a few beautiful options, like a doily frame, which takes the surface protector and transforms it into a backdrop for your favorite memory. For a woodworking DYI, try your hand at making our double-border frame. It requires cutting basswood to four different sizes, glue, and some creativity, but the effort is worth the final product. Or if you're looking to show off a slew of photos, make our accordion gallery. Frameless photographs can be mounted on sturdy artboards and linked by small hinges for an accordion structure.

For those looking to buy a picture frame, Frames by Mail have several stylish selects to suit every style. First up is a floater frame, which is designed in such a way that the artwork appears to float within the frame.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

1. Floater Frames

Try floater frames to put on your wall and display documents and photos. Make your precious documents and works of art pop out with style. Floating frames are so called because they don't appear to touch the canvas; the canvas seems to be "floating" above the frame.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

2. Dollhouse Trim Frame

A traditional frame like this one pairs well with vintage memorabilia, such as a colorful stamp collection.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

3. Collage Picture Frame

A collage picture frame is always a good idea. This one features a stainless steel finish and a double-mat. Collage frames let you show all your favorite photos in one place!

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

4. Rainbow Photo Mats

To give your photos a colorful update, try our Print & Frame to pick any color to complement your photos. Choose a few different bold hues for an eye-catching gallery wall.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

5. Classic Black-and-White Frames

A white inlay not only helps keep the photo in place, but it looks stylish with a thin, black frame mounted on a neutral-hued wall. This is a good option if you plan to display your photos in an otherwise busy section of your home.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

6. Ornate Picture Frames

This Great Gatsby-esque picture frame is a roaring good time. This solid wood picture frame features a striking rope effect composition added all around the top on the inside and outside edges in an ethereal gold tone. Between these, an undulating pattern wraps around the picture frame and visually brings your eye toward the center. The golden hue will bring out any small splashes of light in your art and add to the overall appeal.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

7. Doily Frames

Take an everyday table protector and place it behind your favorite photo as a unique mat. It's simple to make, too. With small, sharp scissors (or a craft knife on a cutting mat), remove the center portion of a paper doily and discard. Then position the doily on a photo. With a pencil, lightly mark the inner edge of the doily opening on the photo. Next trim the picture 1/8 inch outside of the drawn line and apply a glue stick to the back of the doily and around the opening. Next center the doily on the photo and glue. Apply glue stick at intervals to the back of the doily—near the edges. Finally center the doily-rimmed photo on a mat board and adhere before letting it dry and placing it in a frame.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

8. Photo Frames

Display your treasured family photos inside a photo frame. Not only does it look great, but its minimalist aesthetic is just the thing to show off any photo you like. Explore a large selection of photo frames with categories ranging from contemporary and traditional to specialty photo frames like sentiments and document frames. 

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

9. Antique Shapes

Whether you choose to fill them or leave them as-is, antique picture frames add intrigue to any space. Don't be afraid to mix and match different shapes, styles, and sizes—we love how an eclectic mix looks on an otherwise plain wall.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

10. Child Artwork Frames

Your children create beautiful artwork every day but displaying it all can make a room feel busy. Understated frames help solve the problem. Bunch a group of simple white frames together on your wall for the perfect way to without overwhelming your space.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

11. Unique Stands

Stray from the ordinary with a vise frame. This vintage-inspired one is equal parts picture frame and centerpiece. A replica of a steelworker's vise, it's crafted from cast iron and glass.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

12. Wood and Gilded Frame

Whether you've purchased your art or created it on your own, elevate its look by displaying it in a museum-worthy wood frame.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

13. Double-Border Frame

This double-border picture frame idea is easy to make and looks great displayed anywhere in your house. Begin by cutting basswood to the following lengths with a miter box saw: four pieces two inches longer than the exterior length of the frame, two pieces to fit the width between those two pieces, two pieces five inches longer than the exterior width of the frame, eight pieces one inch long. Using a flat brush, glue pieces to the frame and one another, sanding ends of wood as necessary for a good fit, attaching one-inch pieces last. After the glue dries, use another brush to apply one coat of primer and let it dry, and then apply two coats of paint.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

14. Accordion Gallery

Frameless photographs can be mounted on sturdy artboards and linked by small hinges for an accordion structure. Color and black-and-white snapshots, portraits, and still life paintings add to the effect. Using a small craft brush and acrylic paint, paint the edges of each board and let it dry. Then position one picture on one face of each board. Using another small craft brush, apply decoupage glue to the back of each photograph. Then attach it to a board and let it dry. Next glue images to reverse sides of the boards if that's the look you're going for. Next decide on what order you want the photos and use a pencil to mark the placement of the hinges. We used ones 1 3/4 inches from the top and the bottom of each board and aligned with one edge. With a T pin, bore small holes through the boards where screws will go (this will make it easier to insert the screws). Using a screwdriver, attach the hinges and link the boards to one another.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

15. Paired Frames

If you're framing your favorite bright picture or painting, place them together in white frames with thick borders that won't interfere with all the pictures' colors— letting everyone's attention rest on the beautiful image.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

16. Profile Frames

Create negative space with this picture frame idea. The white background looks elegant with black and white photos and offers a great balance against bright colored photographs. Our Mat Designer offers unlimited options to create your perfect layout. Black metal frames work best to create this stunning look.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

17. Acrylic Frames

Perfect for displaying bright, colorful pictures or objects, acrylic frames are almost invisible against your walls.

Frames by mail blogs | 18 Picture Frame Ideas to Help You Beautifully Display All of Your Treasured Photos and Art

18. Thin Gold Frames

For a barely-there look that still packs a punch, hang thin gold picture frames. They'll pop against almost any wall color and look elegant.

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