Do-It-Yourself

Frames make the perfect wall art

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FRAMES add character to a blank wall.

So you’ve got that blank wall to fill in your house. You want to put something that would be interesting to look at, or at least pleasing to the eye.

Then there’s the budget. Art can be expensive these days, but you have options. It comes in all shapes and sizes, too.

Let’s explore the beauty of frames. When framed correctly, a painting is enhanced, its beauty given a proper stage from which to shine or reach out to the viewer. The wrong frame can achieve the opposite, taking away beauty and appreciative value.

Grouping frames of different shapes, sizes and details can add character to a bare wall.

Here, we put together just frames, without any art to distract.

Tips to guide you:

Scour garage sales or second-hand shops for old and new frames. Be on the lookout for those with interesting details like intricate woodwork or whatever catches your eye.

Find a common thread or detail to bring the grouping together—for example, similar angular shapes, squares and rectangles. Or, create something common between them, such as painting the frames in one color. By doing this, you pull them together visually in that one space.

Arrange the frames on the floor as you would on the wall and move them around until you find the right sense of balance. A good rule of thumb is to have the same measurement between each frame.

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