How to Decorate With Clusters of Picture Frames

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Creating a picture display is one of the most common ways that homeowners decorate their homes. People prefer to hang pictures, because doing so provides a warm, personal touch to their decor by using items they usually have in abundance---pictures. Picture frames count among some of the most versatile and inexpensive items with which to decorate. They come in an array of colors, sizes and styles making them perfect for decorating styles as diverse as shabby chic to ultra modern.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint and accessories
  • Pictures
  • Mirrors
  • Magnet board
  • Candle sconces
  • Decorative items
  • Select a focal point. Every wall display should have one. You can choose one that is already naturally occurring in the room like the fireplace, which is perfect for a number of reasons. It is a natural spot around which to cluster furniture and by utilizing the mantel and shelves to the side of the fireplace, you extend the space you can work with to create the picture frame display.

  • Paint the wall on which you'll hang the pictures a contrasting color to the ones around it. For example, paint the picture wall Chinese red and the surrounding walls golden yellow. This will emphasize the focal point more.

  • Select frames of different colors to coordinate the wall colors together and to add visual interest to your picture frame display. Additionally, you can coordinate picture frames that have funky designs or ornate carvings by choosing a few common colors for the display.

  • Use picture frames of different shapes and sizes. This also helps bring visual excitement to the cluster of picture frames.

  • Break up the all-pictures look by adding items like a magnetic message board or mirrors to the mix. The message board is practical, and the mirrors will help reflect the light in the room.

  • Hang the artwork in clusters with a large picture just off center to provide a focal point in the gallery.

  • Enhance silver mirrored frames on your wall by hanging up candle sconces next to them. The frames will catch the flickering light, bringing a warm glow to the room.

  • Decorate the fireplace mantel with clusters of picture frames as well. A couple of options are available. You can add a large picture to the middle on the mantel and place smaller picture frames on both sides, going from the tallest to the smallest. You can also flank the ends of the mantel with a small cluster of frames. If you do that, group them in threes or fives and place the largest ones in back.

  • Take advantage of bookshelves to the side of the fireplace by placing picture frames in there as well. Break up the visual space by putting decorative items between the pictures on the shelves, like old books, busts of famous authors, and decorative candle arrangements.

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