Three Things You Should Consider Before Choosing an Oval Picture Frame

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Oval frames are a unique and decorative way to display any portrait. However, not all portraits work well in oval picture frames. To help you make the best picture selection for your oval frame there are three questions you should ask:

Question #1: What type of picture do you want your oval frame for?

The first thing you should consider is the type of photo you want to display- is it a portrait, a candid, a landscape or still life photo? Normally, oval frames look best with portraits of people. Oval picture frames are meant to beautifully highlight a formal picture and are generally not suitable for informal candid shots. The elegance and simplicity of oval frames are a natural fit for a formal portrait and its shape lends nicely to displaying a photo of just a few people. However, you can have a picture of a group and still have it look nice in an oval frame as long as it's not cropped too tightly.

If you're considering an oval frame but aren't quite sure it will look good, you should get an oval picture frame mat (or cut a sheet of paper into the shape of an oval) and place it over the picture. You will know right away if the oval shape looks good with your picture. If it does, continue your search for an oval picture frame. If it doesn't look good then it's time to search for a different shaped frame.

Question #2: What kind of oval frame do you want?

Along with what you want to display, you should also consider where you want to display your oval picture frame. Before you get an oval frame, always know how you want to display it. Do you want to display it on a table or dresser or hang it on the wall? Always check the oval frame to see how it can be displayed before you buy it because most ovals are designed to be either wall frames or table top frames but not both. This often overlooked step is important to help you properly narrow down your frame selection.

The next thing to think about is the type of material and style. There are lots of different styles and finishes to choose from with oval picture frames. Do you want a wood picture frame or a metal one? With wood oval frames, there are varying degrees of decoration depending upon the type of wood frame. Solid wood oval picture frames usually are rather plain with no decorative features while composite wood frames generally have more decorative ornamentation on the frame because the wood can be easily molded. Oval wood picture frames are usually most popular in rich wood tones like vintage walnut, rosewood and cherry or antique colors like gold or silver.

Metal oval picture frames are another option but they are often made for displaying on table tops instead of hanging on a wall. Metal oval picture frames are easy to find in small sizes and are usually adorned with crystals, beads or other decorative features. If you're looking for an elegant look consider a precious metal like sterling silver, silver plate or solid pewter. These frames will be more expensive than the metal alloy or aluminum oval frames however they will stand the test of time and be enjoyed for years.

Your personal style preferences and the photo you want to frame are ultimately what will determine what oval picture frame is best for you. However, don't make the mistake of selecting a frame you love without any consideration to how the photo will look.

Question #3: What oval frame style does your photo go best with?

A good place to start when selecting a frame is usually to start with the frame color. Here is a good general rule of thumb for selecting a color:

- Antiqued silver frames are a wonderful choice for black and white photos

- Antiqued gold frames are great with sepia prints and also look good with black and white photos.

- Classic wood finishes like cherry, rosewood and walnut look great with just about anything and are always a safe bet if you're not sure.

Once you've selected your color, you'll now need to determine the type of style that will best complement your photo. But first, let's get a good understanding of the different styles of oval frames and how they best meet different needs.

Photos of women always look great in a feminine looking frame. A feminine look can be anything from flowery ornamentation to decorative features on the top and bottom of the frame or a decorative edge like beading outlining the oval shape of the frame. A feminine look tends to have a traditional or classic appearance.

For pictures of men or boys, you will want a more masculine look so consider a classic plain oval frame with no ornamentation or decorative edging. However, for a young boys picture, a small amount of decoration on the frame can highlight the photo nicely.

Black and white, sepia or any picture with an old-fashioned look will blend beautifully with an antique style of frame. These frames have some type of ornamentation around the exterior of the frame to give it a traditional or antique look. Many antique picture frames have a dark underlying color around the ornamentation to give it an aged look that helps to accentuate the decorative features.

With so many styles and colors available, make sure to select a frame that enhances your picture, as well as complements your home's decor. Once you've answered these questions, you should have everything you need to choose the right oval picture frame for your photo.

Autumn Lockwood loves taking pictures and is a writer for Your Picture Frames. Your Picture Frames offers a large selection of quality picture frames in a variety of finishes, colors, styles and sizes. If you're looking for antique oval picture frames or unique round picture frames give us a call or visit us at => YourPictureFrames.com

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