Elegant Wall Decor: Art and Frames

Michelle Radcliff
grouping of wall art frames

Add your own personal touch to your home with elegant wall décor including art and frames. A room can look incomplete without some type of wall décor.

Wall Art

The type of wall art you choose for your home should reflect your personality and interests. Wall art should also complement your home's decorating theme.

For example, if you live in a rustic log home in the Rocky Mountains, you may want to look for oil paintings of beautiful mountain landscapes or North American wildlife, or you might be more interested in art that reflects the lifestyle of the rugged pioneers and cowboys of the old West. You might also be passionate about the culture and lifestyles of the Native American Indian tribes that used to live in your area. You may even decide to include all of these elements in your decorating scheme by finding wall art in different mediums that reflect the local landscapes, wildlife, history, lifestyles and cultures of the area you call home.

Another idea for decorating with wall art could include an eclectic mix of cultural art from different countries, especially if you are a world traveler who has visited many different countries. You could display different types of artwork on each wall that you collected while visiting these foreign countries. This type of cultural art would make excellent conversation pieces as well as beautiful and interesting wall décor.

You may be passionate about an individual artist or type of art medium. A collection of artwork by your favorite artist would make a nice wall display. You could also make a display of your favorite art medium such as oil paintings, watercolors or ink sketches.

If you're an amateur photographer, you could make your own custom wall art by matting and framing your own photographs. The possibilities for this are truly endless, and your photos would reflect your style, personality and perhaps even the way you view the world around you.

Frames

The type of frames you choose to display your art in have a big influence on how the art will look. Sometimes frames themselves become decorative objects.

Wood Frames

If you're going for a casual look, choose wood frames which come in a variety of colors and finishes. Most wood frames are inexpensive and complement almost any type of décor. Wood frames can be left natural or can be stained to resemble hardwood finishes such as maple, walnut or cherry. Wood frames can also be painted almost any color, including metallic colors that make the wood resemble metal.

Metal Frames

For a more formal look, use metal frames. You can find metal frames in silver, gold, brass or copper. Metal frames can be pricey, however, the result is usually worth the cost. You can find metal picture frame collages that make a stunning wall display. You can display up to 15 different photographs in this hammered metal frame. Multiple picture frame collages have been around for a long time, however, new designs and new materials make these frames a great choice for elegant wall décor.

Unusual Frames

One type of frame used to display collectibles or decorative objects is called a shadow box. A shadow box is an enclosed rectangular or square case, often made from wood and glass, that displays objects in a three dimensional format. Shadow boxes make unique and interesting wall décor.

A mosaic picture frame is one of the most visually appealing types of frames you can hang on your wall. Mosaic frames are made by using small pieces of broken pottery or glass tiles. You can buy mosaic frames or you can learn how to make your own mosaic frame.

Creating a Display

When grouping artwork, a good way to pull it together is by matting and framing each print with identical frames. This will give the grouping a sense of consistency and structure.

However, using identical frames is not the only way to successfully design a grouping of artwork. You can achieve an eclectic look by grouping artwork or photographs in different frame colors and shapes. Experiment with different grouping designs on the floor until you come up with an arrangement that is aesthetically pleasing.

Let your personality and your unique sense of style shine through with elegant wall décor for your home.

Elegant Wall Decor: Art and Frames