Round Picture Frames - What Looks Best and What to Avoid

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Round picture frames make a unique picture frame display. It is this unique shape that makes them a bit tricky to
use. Think of round frames like shopping for clothing. Some clothes look great on you while others don't fit you at all. This article will give you guidelines on the proper use of round picture frames. You will also learn what types of photos go well with round picture frames and what type would be better in a more conventional frame.


What Looks Great in Round Picture Frames

• Landscape photographs are a great match for a round picture frames. Round frames act like small windows to the outside world.

• Photographs taken from a distance also look good in round frames. With the primary subject of the photo at a distance from the camera the proportions of a round frame are a good fit. The round frame gives depth to the overall image so the main object of the picture does not have the illusion of looking round.

• Pet photos are also a great fit with round frames. Most pets have compact proportions that make them an ideal subject for round frames, whether you choose to show a picture of your pet's entire body or just their head portrait. Round photo frames create a playful and fun mood that look great with pet pictures.

• Babies are a wonderful subject for any picture frame, but the round picture frame is a great way to complement baby photos. The naturally round and compact shape of babies makes them a good fit for a round frame whether your framing just their face or their entire body. Be sure the baby is centered properly in the photo to make the most of your round picture frame display.

• Small works of art, like stitchery, drawings, needlepoint or watercolors are a great choice for a round frame. The unique shape of a round frame is a fun and different way to showcase your unique, one of a kind artwork.

• Round frames also look great with mirrors. Mirrors are becoming more and more popular because it is a simple way to add light to a room and make a small space appear larger.

Things to Avoid When Using Round Frames

• Close-up head portraits, especially with the subject looking directly at the camera, should not be framed in a
round picture frame. Round frames have a tendency to make a face seem more round and full, which is not flattering to most people. Always be sensitive to this fact when displaying a round picture frame. The one exception is baby photos. Babies look adorable in round frames because of their small, compact size and round cuddly shape.

• Pictures that are tightly cropped also look bad in a round picture frame. Always keep the subject in the photo centered in the frame so the spacing looks even and balanced. There should be enough room around the subject so the picture doesn't look cramped inside the frame.

Round picture frames are a great way to showcase your photos or artwork in a unique and clever way. They can be a lot of fun when used with the right type of picture. Following these guidelines will help you find the best picture to display in a round picture frame and add a nice decorative touch to any home or office.


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