Our 3 Favorite Blog Posts in October

With our picture frames, we’re involved in a lot of areas. For example, we are interested in all things to frame and fitting the frames in your home . On our Facebook page, we gather the most interesting information from around the internet to share with our fans. Each month, we assemble the most popular posts in each category and share them on the blog. That means that for October, Vincent van Gogh pops up in a surprising category, the world’s most famous museum teaches you about art, and we find design in small spaces.

Photography:

While Vincent van Gogh is a world-famous painter, it’s not too strange to tie him to photography. Some people argue that the rise of photography in the second half of the 19th century (the time Van Gogh lived and worked) changed the art of painting. With the technology of photography, people could always take an instant image of what was in front of them. This meant that artists needed to go beyond the superficial and thus went in a more abstract direction. Like a great painting, a good photograph is the result of seeing in a different way. Van Gogh had a unique look on the world, and in this blog post, you can learn how his view can help your photography skills:

10 things Van Gogh can teach us about photography

Home décor:

A lot of home décor is working with the space you have. In the case of this small home (four people on less than 200 square feet), the arrangements can be very inspiring. And for those counting, this is one of few houses you’ll find that average a picture frame for every 50 sq ft.

A 198-Square-Foot Airstream Is a Minimal, Black and White Tiny Home for Four

Visual arts:

The Louvre is one of the world’s most famous museums. It is fair to say they know art, and with their help, you can, too. This free video course provided on the Louvre’s website gives you an introduction in different elements of art. Whether you’re a fan of sculptures or paintings, the course can help you appreciate art better. Learn about composition in a painting, the painting’s viewpoint, perspective, and the basics of sculptures in clear videos.

The Elements of Art

How to Declutter Your House With Picture Frames [InfoGraphic]

Decluttering has gained in popularity over the past decade. More and more books and blogs teach you how to go through your home and keep what you want, while getting rid of the things that are unnecessary. Getting rid of the clutter in your home has shown significant effects on your mood and stress levels, but it also makes your house looks nice. But using picture frames, you can achieve all the same things, while also adding a positive element to your home.

In the infographic below, we have lined out four ways that picture frames can help you declutter and the benefits of using a picture frame. Whether it’s getting rid of sports pictures, your old diploma, or memorabilia around a special trip you made, a picture frame is the perfect spot to keep and honor the things you don’t want to get rid off. Keep reading below the image for more information on how picture frames can help you declutter.

declutter using picture frames

Save what matters

One of the problems with decluttering is that there are some things that just don’t fit your house, but you also don’t want to throw out the window- small things you feel an emotional attachment to. Now, depending on which method you use, there are different ways to handle those things. But if you’re looking for a good way to honor the small things you feel emotionally attached to, picture frames can offer the perfect way out. By framing your most treasured memories, you can almost have your declutter cake and eat it, too.

Turn clutter into memories

Not only does framing your treasured memories give you a chance to keep the sentimental while also clearing up space, if you’re proactive about it, you can make memories count where it matters. Because what good is a great photo album if it just takes up space in your book case?

Instead of keeping memories of a trip that you one day hope to turn into a photo album, turn a picture frame into a collage-style photo album. This way, not only do you keep your most important memories intact, you also display them where you can actually see them. And if you’ve got new memories to display, you can simply reuse the same frame.

Reduce stress

Full disclosure: using picture frames doesn’t reduce more stress than using another way to declutter your home. But for people who hate throwing away meaningful things, picture frames do make decluttering a little easier.

Improve your interior

A good picture frame adds to the aesthetics of your home. A good picture frame that’s well used does that, but also adds a sense of personalizing. If you hang your important memories where you can see them, your mood might be elevated every time you see them. And when it comes to decorating your home, shouldn’t that be a leading principle?

 

Our 3 Favorite Blog Posts in September

Each day, we feature fresh content on our Facebook page that relates to everything that has to do with frames: art, home décor and photography. If you’re afraid we just talk about ourselves, don’t worry. We love to pull the best of the web in those subjects so you’ll always find someone that intrigues you.

On top of that, we feature the most popular of the articles we shared in a month and make a ‘best of’ for the month. For September, that means you have a fact-based reason why your DSLR camera is better than the camera in a smartphone, great ‘declutter’ tips for your home and the trick to shadows in your paintings and drawings. Oh, and the most popular of our own blog posts last month, because we’re pretty proud of that one, too.

Photography:

The cameras in smartphones keep getting better and better. And while you can get pretty amazing pictures with these pocket cameras, they’re never going to be at the same level of a DSLR camera. While you probably knew that at to some degree, this blog post does a great job of explaining the science behind the difference. Incidentally, it gives you a great reply when someone tries to start ‘the smartphone argument’.

‘The fact-based reply to everyone who wonders why you carry around a DSLRcamera instead of just using your smartphone’

Home décor:

No matter how well decorated your house is, clutter will take away from how your house feels. Decluttering is the technique to make sure that your house feels like a home and doesn’t add to your stress levels or a subconscious to-do list. This blog post is a very practical guide to a quick declutter you can apply once a week.

How to declutter in 20 minutes’  

Also read: How Picture Frames Help You Declutter

Visual arts:

Shadows are a technique in painting and drawing that can be tricky to get the hang of, but very rewarding. A well-executed shadow gives your painting a sense of realism by touching up details. Shadows can take your painting from “wait, something is missing” to “I wonder what makes it look so natural”. This blog post does a great job of explaining how to create realistic shadows.

The Secret to Painting Realistic Shadows in Sunlight

Our own blog:

While our picture frames are often thought of as frames for art or photos, they also make perfect poster frames. In this blog post, we’ve selected five of our frames that would make an excellent custom poster frame.

Curious about last month’s greatest hits? Click here for August!

5 Frames That Make Amazing Wedding Picture Frames

A wedding is one of the biggest events in your life. It’s also the one event that’s most likely to be captured in photographs. There’s just as much of a chance that these pictures will be on your walls forever. Every reason to be as careful about picking your wedding picture frames as you are about picking your photographer. To help you select the best wedding picture frames, we have listed five surprising options below (and a bonus option for more inspiration):

Also read: 4 ideas for the perfect wedding anniversary gift

A black with gold frame This black with gold frame is one of the best examples of wedding picture frames

Although a black frame is very classy in itself, this wooden black frame with decorative golden band on the inside of the frame will elevate your wedding picture to a new level. Its eye-catching design makes it especially suitable for bigger pictures. With the golden band, this frame is also fitted for pictures without a mat.

Silver Compo Frame

This silver ornamental wooden picture frame makes one of the best custom wedding picture frames

This Silver Compo frame is just as much of an eye catcher as your wedding picture itself. With the ornamental edge and the classical look of the silver, it makes a great wedding picture frame. Especially for weddings in a very classical setting, with a black and white or sepia-filtered picture, this frame will make an endless highlight of your home that always reminds you of the wedding day itself.

Ivory with Moss Silver

this ivory frame makes a great wedding picture frameThis wooden frame in ivory doesn’t just have a bigger potential of matching the wedding dress to a tee, it also makes the most adventurous frame in this list. The moss silver adds something special to this frame that works great with pictures from an outdoor wedding.

Brushed Satin NickleThis metal satin custom picture frame is a great wedding picture frame

While less adventurous than the wooden ivory frame, this Brushed Satin Nickle frame is a very classic choice. The metal frame adds a classic and surprising touch, while the color makes the perfect match for a black and white picture. If the frame by itself is too harsh for your taste, consider adding a mat to soften the aesthetic of the frame.

Valucore Flat Black with Bevel LipThis valucore frame makes a great and affordable option for your wedding picture frames

This Valucore Flat Black with Bevel Lip is one of the more classic options for your wedding picture frames. The Valucore material makes this a remarkably affordable option, while still maintaining the perfect fit for your wedding picture.

Bonus options

For more options and great wedding gifts, our special ‘wedding and romance’ section can help you find even more!

 

 

5 Surprising Styles for Perfect Custom Poster Frames

Are you looking for custom poster frames? Poster frames can make your posters stand out to make them look even better and really attract people’s attention. That means you want a poster frame that is more than an ordinary frame. We feature several frames which look great and can help showcase all of your pictures. Our easy wizard will help you make a truly custom poster frame by selecting a precise size, and add options like backing, mat, and Plexi-glass. To make things even easier, we have selected five styles that you might want to consider for your poster frames.

Also read: 5 amazing ways to decorate a home theater

Classic Black Wood Frame


This frame is a classic black frame which looks great for all your posters. It would work well with a white mat to draw even more attention to the centerpiece, especially when you have a dark poster. For lighter posters, you could consider doing no mat at all. The contrast of frame and poster will catch everyone’s attention and truly honor the poster.

Vibrant Color Frame

If you have a poster that features a specific color, it can be a good idea to get a poster frame that highlights (or contrasts) that color. We feature several poster frames which have vibrant colors like blue, yellow, and red. Many frames come in standard white or black, but these frames all feature vibrant attractive colors that can help highlight your poster on the wall. You can pick the size and other options with our handy frame maker to really make it a custom poster frame.

Shiny Silver

shiny silver metal custom picture frameIf you want a frame that defies expectations, you should consider our shiny silver frame. This is an excellent custom poster frame that can help highlight your posters in a unique way and would match a modern interior.

Old Fashioned Frame Style

For posters that need a classic feel, you might consider our fancy dark-toned frame. This frame has an attractive classic style which can highlight map posters as well as other posters. It’s perfect for framing vintage movie posters or art posters that deserve some special attention. The ornate mahogany rope style really helps draw the eye to your posters.

The Wow-Factor Frame

Sometimes you need a frame that is just a cut above everything else. This frame features a distressed white style and looks amazing.  This frame gives your posters an old style feeling. It could highlight any poster that you have and make them look very attractive. Use the frame make to pick the various options you need to go with this frame.

Summary

These custom picture frames make great poster frames as well. If you have a poster that you want to showcase, make sure you get a high-quality poster frames. More importantly, make sure you use custom poster frames that perfectly fit your posters. And if the above five suggestions don’t suit you, browse the biggest online catalogue of custom poster frames right here.

 

Our 3 favorite posts in August

While this blog is focused on all the ways that picture frames can enrich your live, our Facebook page is a better reflection of our broader interests. We share a lot of different ideas there, focused on photography, visual art, and home decoration. At the beginning of each month, we take a look at the ideas that resonates with our Facebook fans the most and give them a last moment in the spotlights. August’s favorites includes a mother duck, a color wheel, and the most important takeaways from the world’s largest influencer in home decoration.

Photography:

Our most popular post in the month of August is an adorable mother duck who loves ducklings so much, she has grown her flock to at least 76 ducklings. Between the first and second time that photographer Brent Cizek saw the mother and her long row of ducklings, she adopted about 25 more. Almost makes you wonder how long that line of bobbing ducklings is by now…

You can read the entire story here.

Home décor:

When IKEA brings out their annual catalogue, some home décor enthusiasts react like they’re Vogue during New York Fashion Week. And for good reason. IKEA might not be the fashionable choice, but their home decoration ideas and decisions impact every room in millions of households. That’s why the people from Apartment Therapy have done you the favor of breaking down the most important home trends from the 2019 IKEA catalogue. Whether or not you decide to have some meatballs with your furniture is up to you.

Read all the trends right here.

Visual arts:

Color wheels are at the basis of your paintings. They determine the feel of your painting and have a big influence on how the painting ends up looking. This blog post does a great job breaking down the essentials of creating your own color wheel and uses examples from great painters in history. It’s a great blog post that breaks down a big topic into very comprehensible pieces.

Want to see what our favorites were in July? Click here!

3 Blog Posts We Loved in July

We’re always looking to provide our audience with the best information on the web about the visual arts, photography, and organizing. Each month, we assemble the most popular blog posts that we shared in that month. For this post, have a look at July’s most popular posts. And make sure to visit our Facebook page to never miss an update again. 

Home décor: How to declutter by giving something away

Decluttering is all the hype these days. A lot of people find themselves with more stuff than they need or have room for. Decluttering is all about making room by using space more efficiently, or by strategically getting rid of stuff. This blog post combines the latter with a heartwarming gesture. Originally focused on ‘Give Something Away Day’, the message of this blog post is pretty much timeless.

Photography: how so many Instagram pictures look alike

Sometimes when you scroll through your Instagram feed, you can get the impression that a lot of Instagram photos look alike. You’re not alone in that. This Instagram account combines these copycat photos and combines them in one post, creating a wonderful visual effect.

Visual arts: How to make your pictures more realistic

Realism is in details. For beginners, it’s hard to find what details add the realism that seems so hard to grasp. In this blog post, the writer lays out five tips that will make your paintings seem much more realistic by focusing on the right things.

Also read: 3 Blog posts we loved in May

 

10 Truly Inspirational Art Quotes

On our Facebook page, we regularly celebrate art in many different ways. One of the favorite ways we do this, is by quoting others who celebrate art in their own way. We have listed some of our favorites below. Let us know in the comments which is your favorite and like our Facebook page to see more.

Find more inspiration here: 5 edgy frames for your abstract art



Which one did you like best? And don’t forget to click here to see our Facebook page!

5 Custom Frames for Someone with a Special Hobby

Many of us have special hobbies that we love. If (part of) your hobby can be displayed, you might to showcase something unique from that hobby in a frame around your house. With the custom frames we listed below, you can highlight your love of a certain hobby. For five different hobbies, here are some of our products that can help you celebrate a hobby:

Special Sports Mats

Let’s say you love practicing a certain sport like baseball or basketball. You could highlight a small piece of memorabilia with a special sports mat. This can make the item stand out even more and draws the viewers’ eyes to the item within the display. You could use a sports card, image, or any other small item and highlight it with a custom mat.

LP Display Case

You may have a love of collecting records and old record memorabilia, or music in general. One way to display those old records is with an LP display case. You can showcase all the records that you love on your wall. You might decide to arrange them by the various genres such as rock, blues, jazz, country, and so on and use the display cases as a gallery display of your favorite artists.

Baseball Display Case

Baseball is a hobby that many people love. By using a baseball display case, you can showcase all the baseballs you have collected over the years. Some of them might even have signatures, so this is a great way to highlight some of the signatures you have from your favorite baseball players.

A Movie Poster Frame

A custom poster frame can be a great way to showcase your love of movies. You could display the various movie posters that you love on your wall. One way you could go about this would be to spice up a home theatre room. You could display movie posters based on genres or come up with your own theme to make the display unique.

Also read: 5 ways to decorate your home theater

A Shadow Box

Another way to use custom frames is to use a shadow box idea. You could display small items in the box such as a picture, medals, ribbons, or other small items that you have. One way to use the box would be to display some type of award you have received or something that has sentimental value to your family. For example, maybe you won a small certificate or trophy at a sport. You could display this item in the shadow box. There’s many ways you can work with a shadow box, you’re only limited by your imagination.

Conclusion

You have many ways you can use custom picture frames. These frames can be used to highlight small items that you care about or create themes in your home such as pictures, posters, and so much more. By getting custom frames, you can use them to highlight your own design style and flair and to make your images and other items pop out at those that are viewing them.

5 Great Reasons to Get a Motivational Poster

Sometimes, we all need a little bit of motivation in our lives. One way to do this is with motivational posters. You can set them up in various places of your home, such as your office or living room. You can make the posters stand out even more with custom picture frames. If you want to inspire yourself, you should get a motivational poster and put in some place in your home where you can refer to it when you need a little boost of positivity. Here are five reasons why you should get a motivational poster.

As an Amazing Wishing Well Card

Sometimes we need some motivation to feel better. Instead of sending a cookie cutter ‘get well soon’ card or fruit basket, you send create an amazing looking card or poster with an uplifting message that the person will cherish long after they begin to feel better.

To Encourage Someone Going Through a Hard Time

In life we can have difficult times. When these times occur, it can put you through a lot of stress. You might want to get a motivational poster in this case and use a custom picture frames to make the poster unique. A poster can help you or a loved one rise above the challenge they are facing and feel better about themselves and the difficulty they have been confronted with.

When Your Significant Other is Studying Abroad or Deployed in the Military

It’s extremely challenging to be away from the people we love for extended periods. A good motivational poster can make you feel encouraged and help you get through the challenges of missing that person you care about the most in your life. The poster will help you through your day and make you smile as you think about the other person and when you’re going to see them again.

When Someone is Nearing the End of a Tough Project

Often in life we have challenge such as a project which takes up lot of our time. We can feel run down and discouraged as we work which may lead to a lack of incentive to complete the project. A good motivational poster can help keep you engaged in the project as you know you’re almost done, you just have to push a little bit more to get it completed. A motivational poster can be ideal if you have a deadline for a project that must be completed and just need a little extra push forward to finish.

To Get the Most Out of Yourself

In life we can need a small extra push to get things done. For example, maybe you’re giving up smoking or trying to lose weight.  The right motivational poster can help give you that little bit of extra incentive you need to rise above your challenge and push through to success.

Summary

Custom picture frames can help your posters stand out and look great. If you need a bit more incentive in your life a motivational poster is the way to go. And with our promotion, you can get a custom motivational poster that’s ready to hang for under $30.