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Ordering Custom Photo Frames? 3 Mistakes To Avoid

by Toni Gonzalez

Whether you want to hang family photos, your grandchild's first picture, or wedding portraits, custom frames can be a great option, especially when compared to the large variety of frames available on the market. Of course, custom picture framing is an investment that not only helps you display your photos properly, but also keeps your pictures safe over a period of time. This guide will help you avoid a few common mistakes made when ordering custom frames.

Not Choosing the Right Size

Size matters when it comes to choosing the right frame for your photo. Many people will make the mistake of choosing the frame that is sized exactly to the photo. While sufficient, choosing a frame that will accommodate a matting and the photo size can be a better option in some cases.

Take the photo into consideration when selecting a size for the frame and matting. You want the photo to be the center of attention or the focal point of the frame. For a simple photo, make sure the matting is not too large, since this could take the attention away from the photo.

Remember that custom sizes are not always best. Trimming a photo may work if you are trying to fit the photo into a specific frame and matting design, but trimming too much could negatively affect the actual photo. Most experts recommend to use the size of the photo without making any custom cuts.

Not Considering the Color

Size matters, but the color is also important when selecting your custom frame. The right color frame can make the photo more appealing, but it can also look more attractive when hung on your wall or arranged on a table/shelf.

If you are framing a casual photograph, choose a light-colored frame, such as white, cream, or beige. If you are framing a more formal picture or portrait, darker frames, such as black, espresso, or walnut wood are ideal.

The color of the frame should also stand out on the wall. Do not choose a white frame to hang on a white wall. You want to make the framed photo pop against the wall color.

Forgetting the Glass

The size and color of your frames are crucial, but it is also important to remember the glass used on the frame. If your frame will be exposed to sunlight, from a window, door, or even skylight, make sure the glass has a layer of UV protection.

Heavy exposure to the sun's UV light can yellow, fade, and even warp photographs, so having this UV protection is key.