How to Choose the Right Frame for Your Family Photos

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Uppy Chatterjee/flickr
These pro tips will help you pair your family photographs with the perfect frame to display your most loved photos in the best way possible.
If you’re like most people, your computer hard drive is filling up with more family photographs than you know what to do with. There are more photos of your kids at the beach, your parents visiting over the holidays, and your last wedding anniversary than you could possibly post on Facebook.
It’s easy to forget these great memories when the pictures are locked away on your laptop. But by printing them out and hanging them in your home, you’ll be able to see them every day. The easy part is printing the pictures, but it’s important to find the right frame to highlight, and not overpower, the photos. Follow these tips from American Frame and Steve’s Digicams to pick out the best frames for your snapshots.

Picture This

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Horla Varlan/flickr
Take a close look at the picture you’d like to frame and let this close inspection guide your choice. Pay particularly close attention to the colors. If the picture is colorful, you’ll want a neutral tone frame to balance it. If you’re framing black-and-white or quietly toned photography, jazz it up with a colorful frame (though you do want to avoid any frames that will overshadow your photograph).
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maury.mccown/flickr
You can also pick out colors you like in a certain picture and then choose a frame that will highlight those colors. According to American Frame, “Color can change the entire mood of a picture,” so they recommend using “a color wheel to test various shades against the image.” Can’t decide which color you like? It’s always safe to pick a clean white or cream mat and go with a black or mid-tone frame.

Hang It Up

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coco+Kelley/flickr
The place you hang the framed photo is almost as important as what you put inside of it. The frame should match the tone and style of the room — a frame in your family cabin should be different from the frame hanging in your dining room.
Matching colors to the furniture is a good place to start, but Karen Fernau of the Visalia Times-Delta cautions against going too matchy-matchy with décor. This can draw attention away from the photographs, which should take center stage.

Go With Quality

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Travis Isaacs/flickr
Fernau also recommends going with a high-quality frame that will protect your photograph longer, as a nicer frame will protect your photo from light or moisture damage. You can also think about the eco-friendliness, either with the frame material or by getting a vintage frame from your local antique shop.
If you’re framing a particularly special picture from a significant event in your life, like a wedding or the arrival of a new baby, it’s worth spending a little more to get the right frame.
According to Steve’s Digicams, these kinds of pictures might even call for “a professional picture framer [to select] a frame that matches the photo and your apartment. It also needs to be more prominent than the rest of the frames in your home. After all — this is one of the most important days in your life that has been immortalized.”

Right Frame of Mind

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Kevin Morris/flickr
Don’t forget to trust your instincts, and remember that a great frame isn’t worth much if the print of the photograph isn’t high-quality as well. Print your pictures with AdoramaPix, the best online photo print services for good quality pictures.
With over 25 print sizes and four paper finishes, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Plus, with AdoramaPix’s great pricing, you can set aside more money for getting the best frame you could want.