Empty Frame Trend
There’s been a trend lately (you may have seen it on Pinterest or your favorite design blogs) where people are hanging empty frames in clusters on their wall. I think it’s a great way to add interest to an empty space, especially if you don’t have any artwork for that space or can’t afford any artwork for the space.
Here’s my advice for executing this look:
Don’t get your frames at a frame shop - ok, let me clarify before the secret framer mob comes to get me. Don’t get CUSTOM frames from a frame shop. Many framers keep wrong size, overstock or discontinued moulding frames around for a much better price. Since you don’t have any artwork to fit inside, you don’t have to be picky with size, so take advantage of discount frames. Also, thrift stores are a great place to find cheap frames - usually with bad artwork inside, but you can always take that out.
Choose a Color Scheme - They don’t have to be the same color - in fact I like it better when they’re not - but keeping all the frames within a few shades of each other will help the mismatched shapes and profiles look more cohesive. I helped a friend decorate a hallway with some frames we bought at thrift stores. We chose 3 paint colors and kept the silver frames as they were. The result was a nice mix of frames in the same color family.
Plan out your arrangement - As seen in the ‘How to hang a multi-frame wall’ post, it’s easy to plan out your frame arrangement before taking to your wall with a hammer and nail. Think about the overall shape of the wall, ceiling height, lighting and sconce placement and furniture when arranging.