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Black or White picture frames? Which one works better?


I'm used to always going for black or dark coloured picture frames because that's just what I'm usually drawn to in a store. But lately I've been seeing the white picture frames more and more in the store and wondering if they would make my coloured photos pop more?  

What's everyone's thoughts? Which one is better, black or white picture frames? Does it all come down to the wall colour behind it? Or maybe whether the pictures are black & white or colour?

I'm currently looking to replace some cheap collage frames I have where you have to take the big sheet out the back and tape your pictures to the correct spots. I was looking at the black or white version of these frames in particular: http://www.jysk.ca/home-decor/photo-frames/vienne-collage-frame-white.html
Nov 22, 2014 @ 06:02 pm

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Two things...

I don't usually like collage frames - I think they're a bit dated (90's) - but that one looks pretty nice. As for frame colour, I think it depends on the decor of the room it's going in, and the photos themselves.

White frames would definitely not work in either my living room or bedroom, but would in my bathroom. Start with that first, because you don't want a frame colour that's going to conflict. That's not to say that you couldn't choose a colour that will stand out against everything, for effect.

Next, is the photo. I'm an amateur photographer and sometimes give framed photos as gifts. A lot of my stuff is of nature, so frame style and colour is very important. I want the frame to showcase the photo, not overshadow it or detract from it. It's much easier to start with knowing what photos you want to frame, then you can choose something that will complement it.
Nov 30, 2014 @ 07:18 pm


I've always liked collage frames for photos because you can showcase a bunch of photos without putting a bunch of holes in the wall or having to design where each frame will go to make it look balanced.

I'm looking to put family photos in the collage and it'll go in my dining room. I have an apartment so the walls are an off white. My husband suggests just sticking to dark frames because all our furniture is dark, so it just makes sense to carry that up onto the wall as well.
Nov 30, 2014 @ 07:56 pm


Yes, I'd say stick with dark then. :)
Nov 30, 2014 @ 10:31 pm


Makes sense I suppose. I like that in white you can see the pretty details in the frame itself, but ultimately I want my family photos to take center stage. Thanks for your input ^_^ I was unfortunately late anyway for the sale, so I'll have to wait it out till they go on sale again. $10 bucks savings doesn't sound like much, but I'd rather 10 in my pocket than out :)
Dec 01, 2014 @ 07:38 am

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It depends on the decor and colors you have in each room. In our bedroom and living room is neutral colors and walls are painted sage green in bedroom and a light brown in living room. I go for dark frames in these rooms. Our grandsons rooms are in light blue, accented in yellow and white. So white frames in there. Just go with your main decor colors.
Feb 06, 2015 @ 10:25 pm

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