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What are the different types of frames?

41 different style of frames for you to choose from

There are a number of different types of frames to choose from. And this is a good thing too, considering there are a number of different looks that people like to go for when they are decorating an area. Knowing the different styles there are makes it a bit easier to know what look will best compliment the decor of the area you’re designing.

Modern Frame

The Modern frame is perfect for those who would like their room to have a minimalist look to it. As well as have a frame that accentuates the art that it’s containing. These frames are perfect for any industrial-urban area.

A good way to style these hair frames is to pair two large ones together, or to mix and match the two similar frames together. Just because you may have incorporated other metal finishes into the design of your place doesn’t mean that the metal of the frames has to be identical. Switching it up sometimes is a good thing.

Gallery Frame

Gallery Frames incorporate a mat, which gives them an elevated frame in frame effect that one may see in an installation involving photography in a museum. These types of frames are mainly used for one’s most prized photos. Putting together a collection of these types of photo frames works wonders for giving off an impactful look; and don’t forget that you can always put together different finishes into the collection. Not only that but, they can also give off a sophisticated look that helps tie different sections of the room together.

Photo Holders

You don’t only have to use frames to display your photos. Photo holders are incredibly versatile, functional and are great ways to display the photos you’d like to look at.

Tabletop frames

Tabletop frames are the go to for those who would like their home to look more like a home. These frames have both functionality and a modern design. You want to put tabletop frames in a place where you would like to infuse a bit of functionality into. These frames are great for places such as mantles, tables, shelves or as finishing pieces for art walls. You only want to use one of these so as not to make the spot they’re going on look cluttered.

Canvas Prints

The Canvas Print takes the meaning of dimension to a whole other level by stretching canvas onto an internal frame. These frames are a great departure from the regular and feature high quality cotton blends that boast great detail and reproduction of color. They also give off unique visual effect much different from that of anything else on the market. If you want a photo to pop to visitors at first glance, this is the frame for you. They’re great for things such as baby and wedding photos. And remember, these should always be the focal point of the room.

Deep set frames

The Deep Set frame is very much similar to the Shadow Box except that it uses a thicker mat and a deeper frame to make an individual focus morso on the image than on the frame itself. This type of frame is perfect for travel or landscape photos. The added layers of the frame draws the person looking at the photo into the image itself, almost mesmerizing them. For help making the image pop, simply set this on a shelf or mantle. You may also want to stagger the way other decor is set to help make this frame stand out.

Floating Frame

Floating frames make use of an acrylic or clear glass instead of a mat to make it seem like the photo used is quite literally floating on the wall. These types of frames are best used for that “One” photo. This type of frame is supposed to be able to stand on its own as a centerpiece - it will help turn a blank wall into a piece of art.

Shadow Box

The shadow box is deeper than the typical frame,which allows one to store more than the typical photograph. There are shadow boxes that can store things such as buttons, pins, badges, and memorabilia. You want to make sure the shadow box you use is deep enough so that the item inserted doesn’t press up against the glass.

Standard frame

These frames would look good in any office or home. They typically come in a solid or plain color so that they don’t take away from the actual photo being displayed. You can find these frames in brighter colors - brighter colors that won’t take away from the photo itself.

Collage frame

You don’t have to display just one photograph when you decide to actually start displaying photographs. The collage frame is the go to for any individual who would like to display several photographs at one time. You don’t have to pick the best photograph either, simply get one of these and display some of your favorite photographs.

Poster Frame

If you buy a poster or a picture that is larger than the norm and would like for it to hang on the wall, then there are a number of choices for your to choose from. There are better options to choose from rather than simply having to hang it on the wall with tape or glue - for instance, a poster sized picture frame. Using one of these makes the poster look more high quality and finished and is much less likely to damage the walls while being used.

Document Frame

If you have a special document that you’d like to have framed, then you may want to go with the document frame to do so. They’re a great choice for this activity because of the fact that they’re fit for any piece of paper and come in a number of different styles and colors. Remember, it is very difficult to buy one of these that doesn’t fit well in any office or room.

Digital Frame

Remember NFTs? Well, these are the perfect option for anyone considering displaying them. Digital picture frames can display a great deal of digital photos within. Some of them have the ability to hold a camera’s memory card while others have enough built-in memory for uploads directly to them. One can use them to display a slideshow of photos or display a single photo.

Hanging Frame

Hanging frames come with a “hanger” built in that makes it easy to hang a photo on the wall. They make an easy thing out of hanging either a couple of photos or creating a gallery wall. One can turn most frame types (for instance, tabletop frames) into hanging frames but it’s easier to simply buy the frame you’d like to use straight from the beginning.

Floor Frame

This type of frame is much larger that the hanging and tabletop frames are - it’s because they’re typically used when someone needs a frame to be able to be seen from the floor. The floor frame is usually pretty lean, which makes it easy for them to be moved from place to place . Due to their size it makes sense for them to have more than one opening for photos and to be used as collage frames.

Square Frame

The square frame’s nowhere near as common as the rectangle frames that we typically see around. Despite their scarcity, one can still find a wide variety of frames around. Getting a frame that is much larger than the photo that the frame is displaying is a great idea, since this will make the photo pop - or be the main focus.

Rectangle Frame

The rectangle frame is one of the most common frame types around. They are built with rectangular openings which make it very simple to display any photographs that you have printed or that you may print out yourself without having to crop the photo. These types of frames are made readily available at most stores and come in a number of different styles. They all come with different features which means that you can choose a frame that will work best for you, where it will be displayed, etc.

Oval Frame

The oval frame may not be as simple to buy as other types of frame but they are known for drawing attention to a photo and for being very classy. One can get an oval frame in either the tabletop or hanging version and they are a bit classier than other frames are known for being. You will have to cut the image down a bit when you use this type of frame but it's worth it.

Round Frame

Round Frames are known for drawing attention to photos that you display because of their rareness and the visually interesting aspect they have. When you choose a round picture frame, you want to make sure that the material that it’s made of is visually appealing to you and that it goes with the style of the photo itself; otherwise there may be a disconnect with the frame and what you think of it when all is said and done.

Novelty Frame

The novelty frame is a good go-to when you’re looking for something a little different to frame your photo with. They come in a number of colors, sizes, and shapes. If you’re in the market for something to act as a gift for a loved one, the novelty frame may be a great choice for you. All you have to do when you purchase one is make sure you have room for it as novelty frames can run pretty big.

Crystal Frame

There aren’t many things that are more attractive than the crystal frame. The sparkle and shine of the frame will add to any photograph you place inside of it. If you have something particularly attractive to showcase, this frame type would be a great choice for it. On top of that you could always give a high quality frame away as a gift.

Ceramic Frame

The ceramic frame has quite a few upsides. For instance, they come in a number of styles and are daily strong which means they won’t break easily.

Wood Frame

The wooden frame looks great in most cases and is incredibly common. They are perfect for hanging on the wall and are fairly lightweight. On top of that, they won’t break easily when dropped and do well when being moved. Besides, a ding or two may only make the frame look a bit better rather than worse.

Metal Frame

The metal frame is solid, lightweight, and bright. And, aside from that they are also harder to damage than most other types of frames but can be hung on walls without any issues.

Leather Frame

This type of frame has a distinguished look to it. You can purchase leather frames that are either tanned or that have the hide still attached to it. The leather frame is known for looking great in any home where it is appropriately used and in farmhouses.

Bamboo Frame

Bamboo is known for being fairly sturdy and for being a long-lasting material. The main reason that this material is chosen for frames is because of how interesting its texture is.

Snap In Frame

The genius of the snap in frame is in the fact that its really easy to put together and take a part. The backs of these frames come out which allows one to take both the glass and the photo out. This also makes it a simple task to clean the glass which means that you don’t have to worry about smudges staying on it.

Engraved Frame

Having a photo frame that is engraved by a professional is a great way to make something really stand out as being yours. Having one of these frames means that you never have to worry about someone having the same type of photo frame as you. This will also stand out if given as a gift because the person who’s on the receiving end will make one think you truly put thought into it.

Personalized Frame

Few things in this world are more special than a photo frame that is personalized with a great picture inside.One will have to custom order this frame but it’s worth every penny.

With Mat Frame

Frames that come with a mat built in tend to look a lot more put together than one without one. Mats tend to improve upon the appearance of the picture as well as make it easier on the person who purchases the frame since they don’t have to find a mat to match.

Reclaimed Wood Frame

If you want to look out for the environment and would still like to enjoy a picture frame then making a frame from reclaimed wood is the way to go. They are often made with interesting textures and fixtures, which should make an individual who is looking for something that is both useful and attractive very happy. And it doesn’t matter where the wood is taken from - regardless of whether it is from a piece of furniture that was important to you or from an old barn, wood is wood.

Set Frames

If you would like to piece together a gallery wall fairly quickly and don’t want to have to piece together different frames then it’s a good idea to simply go with buying a set of frames. They don’t always have to all be the same color but they will compliment one another with their sizes and shapes.

Silver Plated Frame

This kind of frame is gorgeous and can make for a very solid gift for a loved one. Regardless of the kind of photo you’d like to display, they will look great. The Silver Plated frame are a bit better than other kinds of frames and would make for a great anniversary or wedding present.

Mirrored Frame

The mirrored frame will make for something that will add a bit of interest and light to a home by reflecting some of the light from lamps off of it. This makes individuals' eyes draw to them, which in turn draws quite a bit of interest to what is being displayed. Make sure the frame is high quality before you purchase it and that the frame isn’t simply reflective but actually does act like a mirror.

Folding Frame

These folding frames have been the talk of the town for quite some time and are the perfect way to showcase multiple photos as one unit. Folding frames come in a number of shapes and sizes and aside from the ones that hold two photos, can hold much more than that. Buying a folding frame is a great way to maximize space usage without having to purchase more than one frame.

Gilded Frame

The Gilded frame is incredibly luxurious. They are usually textured and gilded with gold. The texture imbued within them adds points of interest to them and makes individuals want to look at them.

Beaded Frame

The beaded frames also have a raised texture that comes with the raised beads that surround the frame. It is usually pretty common for them to have one or two rows of beads that cover them.

Multiple Picture Frame

If you want to put a lot of photos together as a set, you may want to choose a photo frame that can fit them all at one time. This way you don’t have to worry about which photos to display and can enjoy each one at one time.

Single Photo Frame

It is very common for a picture frame to only be able to hold one piece of art. Having a single photo frame can make a picture the main point of any room.

Decorative Frame

Decorative frames have sayings, pictures, and 3D elements on them that help make the frame really stand out. It’s even better when you find a frame that matches with the theme of the photo you’re going to place inside of it.

And there you have it....40 different frame styles to choose from. Hope this helps and make sure to check out the other content we have on the site.


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