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Picture Frames – Decorative Elements that Evoke Emotions

December 17, 2006 by  
Filed under Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Decorating, Kitchen, Living Room

Photo Frames - photo by Mark Anson

Decorative elements like picture frames stir up emotions within us because of the themes or subjects they illustrate. They also play a very important role as a decorative element when it comes to decorating an interior space in our homes and offices.

There are essentially two types of frames, photographs captured with a camera and hand drawn sketches, drawings or paintings while there are two major aspects to a picture frame, the frame itself and the subject of the picture/painting inside the frame.

Photography and drawing/painting subjects range from birds, animals, nature, people, portraits, scenery, architecture, cityscapes, mountains, oceans and sea, geometric shapes, abstract shapes, fractals, flowers, still life, interiors, vehicles, and a whole lot more. Subjects that can be used to form a beautiful picture frame are literally infinite.

In choosing picture frames to decorate your house or office, important considerations must be given to subject of the picture frame, interior space environment, proposed location of the picture frame including characteristics of the wall surface. However, it is not always the case that picture frames are hung on the wall; you can simply set them on top of a table, on a bookshelf or an étagère to add color and life to a room.

In decorating empty walls, make sure that the picture frames will add life and color to an otherwise blank wall. If the wall is wide, you may want to put a series of picture frames depicting a single subject in sequential motion to simulate movement or of various colors to break up the empty space and set the mood of your visitor.

Scenes in picture frames create moods and feelings in our consciousness depending on the subject they portray – calmness, serenity, action, turmoil. Careful choice must be exercised otherwise you may inadvertently use the wrong picture frame in you receiving room, your office or your bedroom.

Picture Frames - photo by Magda GIt is not just a matter hanging or framing a picture that merits consideration in making your decision. If in doubt, ask the opinion of your wife or your children. Don’t be surprised, they have a unique or different way of looking at things which can be very useful in helping us make a choice.

In the early 1900s, the highly successful pop art of Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Wesselman, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, David Hockney and Peter Blake portray of any and all aspects of popular culture from television, comic books, movie magazines, etc. The creations of these modern artists are generally characterized as bright, attention-grabbing art with emphasis on the literal, familiar imagery which greatly influenced today’s art.

Successful interior designers are aware of this and capitalize on it in more ways than one in putting together a visually appealing scenery in the home or office using various subjects depicted in picture frames as their tools to produce particular emotions or feelings.

Creativity does not end with the picture frame’s subjects; you can also use the frames themselves to blend the subject in with its surroundings with the use of glass, metal and lighting as in illuminated paintings/photographs normally found in long corridors of corporate offices and in some avant garde residences.

It is therefore up to you to tweak your creativity and inventiveness in order to achieve a successful fusion of art, functionality and form to effectively decorate and enhance your home and office.

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