How to Select the Right Frame for Your Picture

Once you have decided to frame a picture, it is time to choose the best frame for the job. The frame is designed to protect and enhance your pictures or artwork as well to assist you in hanging pictures on the wall, and there are a few tips to keep in mind as you are selecting the right picture frame. It is important to choose the best color and material, to determine if you want a mat board, and to decide if you need a custom frame. When you consider these factors, you will end up with the best frame for your money—and Frame Destination can help.

Choose the Right Color and Material

The frames available through Frame Destination come in metal and wood. You can choose between brown, black, white, and silver to accentuate your picture properly. When choosing the materials of the frame as well as the colors, take into consideration the rest of the décor the frame will be put next to as well as the picture you are putting inside of it. Contrasting a light picture with a dark how to chose the right picture frameframe can create a nice visual effect. However, if all of the frames on your wall are black, having a white frame may not be the best solution.

Choose Whether You Want a Mat Board

Inside of the frame, you may want to have a mat board to further frame the picture. This is the border surrounding the picture inside of the frame that adds a space in between the frame itself and your picture. Using a mat board can also help keep your picture in place or hide rough edges you may not want to display. If you do choose to use a mat board with your picture, this will need to be taken into consideration as you are choosing the size of your frame. The size needs to include the size of your picture as well as the additional border the mat board adds. At Frame Destination, there are over 80 different mat board sizes to help you get just the right size for your picture.

Is a Custom Frame Necessary?

If you have a picture that is not a standard size, you may need to purchase a custom frame rather than a standard one. When you purchase your frame at Frame Destination, you can choose the exact frame size you need. Just take the measurements of the picture, decide whether you want to have a mat, and provide the necessary measurements to get the exact frame size you need. If you have tried to purchase a standard size frame to save money and you are not able to display part of the picture, or if the picture looks small inside of the frame, it is time to consider purchasing a custom frame instead. After all, the whole point of framing a picture is to get people to look at it. Make sure you are proud of what they see.

About the author


Mark Rogers is an amateur photographer and the founder of Frame Destination, Inc. In 2004 Mark realized the framing industry was not keeping up with the evolution of photography via new digital technology and started Frame Destination in his garage. Now his company has thousands of do-it-yourself framing customers across the US that it helps with its 11,000 square feet production facility in Dallas, TX.

3 thoughts on “How to Select the Right Frame for Your Picture”

  • Andy Harrison

    With picture frames, can you pretty much go with any combination of color and material you want? I would assume so since there are many. With colors, I'm sure that you would want to go with something that isn't too vibrant or masking. No need to hinder your ability to see the picture.

  • Jackie Oliver

    I like the look of mat boards in picture frames. Like you said, it makes the picture itself stand out, but also hides any rough edges. I have a pretty picture of my mom and I, but one of the edges has been really torn up. I've tried to frame it in the past, but it doesn't look very nice. With a board like this, I would be able to frame it, and it would look so nice!

  • Alex Dean

    We recently just got our wedding pictures back, and I am wanting to make sure that I choose the right frames for our favorite ones. It's good to know that choosing a dark frame to go with out lighter pictures will create a nice visual effect to the room. This is something that we will take into great consideration when we go frame shopping. Thanks for the information!


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