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The Art of Display: Tips and Tricks for Showcasing Your Pictures with Frames

Updated: Jul 10

Not sure what frame suits your artwork? Look no further!


Among the many elements that contribute to a captivating display, the choice of frames plays a pivotal role. Whether you're a seasoned collector or a novice decorator, Donna at Columbia River Gallery, can help you showcase your pictures with frames in a way that elevates your space and tells your story.

1. Choose Frames That Complement Your Style

Of course, frames come in a diverse range of styles, from sleek and modern to rustic and vintage. Consider the aesthetic of your space and the mood you want to evoke. For contemporary interiors, opt for minimalist frames with clean lines and neutral tones. If you're aiming for a more eclectic look, explore frames with ornate details or reclaimed wood finishes that add character and warmth to your display.

2. Mix and Match Sizes and Shapes

Variety adds visual interest to your display. Experiment with different sizes and shapes of frames to create a dynamic arrangement on your wall or shelf. We recommend mixing larger frames with smaller ones, and incorporate square, rectangular, and even circular frames for a curated look that draws the eye.

3. Create a Gallery Wall

Transform a blank wall into a stunning gallery with a curated collection of pictures and artwork framed at Columbia River Gallery. Start by laying out your frames on the floor to experiment with different arrangements. Once you're satisfied with the layout, use a level and measuring tape to ensure precise spacing before hanging your frames. A gallery wall adds depth and personality to your space, showcasing your favorite pieces in a cohesive and visually engaging way.

4. Frame Your Memories with Care

When framing photographs or sentimental mementos, we choose high-quality materials that will protect and preserve your memories for years to come. Our frames are crafted with attention to detail, using archival-quality materials that prevent fading and discoloration. Whether it's a cherished family photo or a ticket stub from a memorable event, we frame it with care to honor its significance and ensure it remains a focal point in your home.

5. Play with Matting and Mounting Options

Matting and mounting can enhance the visual impact of your framed pictures. Donna at Columbia River Gallery uses different mat colors and textures to create contrast and depth. You might consider double or triple matting for a luxurious touch, or opt for a floating mount to showcase artwork without distracting borders. Donna is an award-winning frame artisan who offers customizable options to suit your preferences, allowing you to tailor your display to perfection.

6. Illuminate Your Display

Proper lighting can make all the difference in showcasing your pictures with Portland frames. Consider installing adjustable spotlights or picture lights above your display to highlight your artwork and create a focal point in the room. Soft, warm lighting adds ambiance and draws attention to the intricate details of your frames, transforming your display into a work of art in its own right.

7. Rotate and Refresh

Keep your display dynamic by rotating your pictures and artwork periodically. Switching out frames or adding new pieces breathes new life into your space and allows you to showcase different aspects of your personality and interests. As the seasons change or milestones occur, update your display to reflect the evolving narrative of your life and home.

Donna can help you decide how to frame your images and photos and curate a space that reflects your unique style and story. Bring your artwork and photos to the gallery and transform your home into a gallery-worthy showcase that celebrates your cherished memories and artistic vision.

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