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Frameworks Berlin makes an absolutely one-of-a-kind frame at a highly professional level. All frames are hand made from colorful and unique recycled wood found in Germany. Frames from new wood are also hand made, in order to cover all desired framing styles for our customers. You will receive knowledgeable advice and together select wood, paper, mattboard, and glass for your most favorite piece of art.

We aren’t just artists, we are highly skilled professional picture framers, experienced with the highest standards of preservation, and working to make a sustainable product that has history.

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Giving Framed Photos: Tips for Success

Framed PhotosYour children’s photos are in and you are hoping to give them to someone special. Or, perhaps you’ve had customized photos taken of the entire family you plan to give as a gift. No matter what is in the photo itself, it is always a good idea to give these types of mementos to those who participated in an event or who would otherwise appreciate them. Yet, giving the gift of photos is not always easy to do. You need to consider a few key things before doing so. When you work with the best picture frame company in Berlin, that becomes easier to do.

Tips for Great Photo Giving

Framed Photos

When giving photos to a loved one or anyone else, invest a bit more time in the process to make it a higher value and a more personalized product. To do this, consider these tips:

  • Start with the type of wood and the coloring of the photo frame. If you want your loved ones to display this photo, be sure that the wood type and coloring match their home or other area where they will place it. Ensuring it works well in the space really helps ensure it will be displayed.
  • Focus on framed photos that really provide a clear image and a positive one. It is always a good idea to choose framed photos that help the people who you are giving it to, to remember a special event. Make sure it has bright colors and clear picture details.
  • Select a professional matting and finish. While getting the right picture frame for these photos is important, it is also important for you to consider the matting or the framework that the picture will sit in within the frame itself. Choose a high quality material that’s thicker and more professional looking. You’ll want to choose a color that helps the picture to stand out. It is okay to go without this if the picture’s composition does not allow for it.

Framed PhotosYou do not have to make these decisions on your own. Instead, work with a Berlin picture frame company to create one of a kind and beautiful framed photos that fit your needs. You will appreciate the way the photos look in the right frame and your gift recipients will enjoy the look and the time you put into creating these photos for them.



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How to Create a Travel Inspired Gallery Wall

In an age of social media, it’s easy to focus your photography efforts on Instagram and Facebook. After all, posting photos online means far more people will see your amazing shots of the Great Barrier Reef or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. However, whilst posting photos online is great, wouldn’t it be amazing if you could create a travel-inspired gallery wall at home? Just in case you need reminding to book another fabulous trip!

Gallery walls are the latest trend in home decoration. Instead of displaying one or two photos on a wall, you can create a large gallery feature instead. It’s easy to do and so much more fun. Here is a quick guide to what you need and what you should include in your pictorial display.

Choose a Wall

Location is everything. Sure, you could create a gallery wall in your downstairs restroom, but wouldn’t it be more fun to have a larger space to play with? Pick a room such as your den or a breakfast room where you have plenty of room to play with. An expansive wall is best, but you can scale down your gallery if you are limited on space.

Collect Photos and Other Travel Memorabilia

Pull together a collection of photos, postcards, posters, travel tickets, and anything related to your travel. Focus on one trip or build a collection based on several trips. One location works well, especially if it has sentimental value, but don’t limit yourself.

Frame Your Pictures

The next job is to frame your photos and other travel memorabilia. Selecting similar picture frames is a great way to make a gallery wall more cohesive, but feel free to mix and match different styles of frame. For example, plain wood frames can be mixed up with more decorative frames and box frames containing travel mementos. Some items, for example, ticket stubs or posters may not need a frame.

Experiment with a Layout

The layout is important, so don’t rush this stage. Select a central image and use this as your starting point. Your favorite photo or a great poster will do. Arrange everything else around this one image, mixing up large and small frames. Place pictures on the floor and try different layouts until you find one you are happy with. Take a photo using a smartphone so you don’t forget where each piece goes. Now it’s time to get hanging!

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5 Tips for Street Photography Success

Street photography is worlds apart from staged family portraits and Instagram travel shots. It is the spontaneous capture of interesting human subjects or a vibrant street scene; blink and you’ll miss it. Street photographers take their trusty camera everywhere because they know a great photo could be around the next corner.

If you’re new to street photography, here are some useful tips.

Choose the Right Camera

Professional photographers typically carry a large DSLR, but for an amateur, a small compact is a better choice, as it’s easier to use on the hoof and less conspicuous. To begin with, use the P mode so the camera automatically selects the best settings, but once you get the hang of it, try experimenting with different shutter speeds and exposures. Wide-angle lenses are perfect for street photography. They allow you to get up close to the action.

Be Brave

Many photographers are afraid of causing offense by taking candid photos of passing subjects. They worry it will get them into bother. However, if you want to embrace street photography and capture the human experience, you need to let go of your fear and take a step out of your comfort zone. Find a place in an interesting location and wait for the perfect shot. If someone does notice you taking photos and is offended, show them the photo and offer to delete it if they object.

Tell a Story

Street photography is your take on the world. Look for scenes that speak to you. It could be anything from a crowded marketplace in Bangkok to a man sleeping rough in a concrete tunnel on a cold winter’s night. Look for contrasts. Rich and poor, old and young, even contrasting light and shade all make powerful images. The very best street photography captures an emotion, so you need to be ready with your camera. To begin with, start local in places you are familiar with, and then look for new locations, the busier the better.

Be Patient

The best photos don’t happen immediately. You may have to wait for a great image and you will probably have to take hundreds of shots to end up with one decent one.

Be Comfortable

Hot on the heels of our last tip, it is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing. Hanging around in one place for hours is tough in poor weather. Make sure you are warm (or cool).

Once you have captured an iconic image you’re proud of, look for the perfect frame in our online store!

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Creating a Shadowbox for Mementos

Creating a Shadowbox for MementosCreating memories is easy to do when you are with family and friends. Whether you are spending the day at the beach together or going through old items from childhood, you may be thinking about memories. How can you remember these events? What can you do to capture these simple moments so that you do not forget them and may even be able to pass them on? Why not consider the use of a picture frame designed to be a shadow box? A shadow box simply is a larger frame that offers more room for storing special items within it. When you visit your picture frame company in Berlin, ask about sizing and style options.

What to Keep in Mind?

If you are thinking about creating a shadowbox, spend a few extra minutes picking out the right type of frame based on what you want to place within it. You don’t have to add a lot of pieces to make this item memorable. In fact, in many cases, less is more. Here are some tips to help you with this process.

    • Creating a Shadowbox for MementosChoose shadowboxes that you know you can fill properly. While you do not have to cover the entire surface, you want a box that is just large enough to display important items clearly. Give yourself just enough room.
    • Invest in a quality picture frame. You really will want these to last a long time. For that to happen, you will need to ensure the box itself is crafted well and with good quality workmanship. Spending a bit more higher quality of box makes sense here. After all, these are memories you want to cherish.
    • Finally, think about the layout of the box and what you would like to put into it. This will impact the size of box you need. It also is important to remember to spread out items so that it creates a more dynamic and 3-dimensional image.

Creating a Shadowbox for MementosThe shadow box concept is not new. It has been used for many years as a way of passing on important items, such as flags, from distant lands. If you are thinking about using them, first focus on knowing how much you want to put into them. Then, consider the size, shape, layout, and colors of the picture frame box. Create a single, cohesive picture frame that really stands out when completed

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How to Choose Picture Frames

13258865_1091196100939952_1931670740_nWhen it comes to selecting picture frames for your precious memories, what factors do you take into consideration? For many of today’s consumers, the frames are just as important as the photos within them. The reason for this is quite simple. The photos themselves are stunning, valuable for their memories, and beautiful for what they remind you of. Picture frames, on the other hand, are a style component that either works well within the space it is in or does not.

Tips for Choosing the Best Picture Frames

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to selecting picture frames that can really help your pictures to stand out. Take these into consideration before you buy the next frames.

13260845_227075314342882_1322058619_nNever purchase or use a picture frame that obscures, hides, or diminishes the value or ability to see the actual photo in the picture frame. Always choose a frame that allows the photo to stand out.

Handmade is always best. If you are giving your loved one a gift of a photo, perhaps an important memory, do so with the use of a photo frame that’s handmade. This adds value and makes the photo gift more meaningful and special.

Choose a picture frame that offers some visual appeal and draws the eye towards it. For example, if the frame uses intricate cuts on the wood, that can make a statement as well. Choose a picture frame that is interesting enough to be visually appealing in the space you place it.

Another key factor to consider when choosing a picture frame is color. However, there are various options to consider. You may wish to choose a color that stands out, therefore drawing the look of a person walking into the room. On the other hand, if the photo is a lighter color, a lighter colored picture frame can be helpful in allowing the image to stand out. You also want to consider other wood or metal tones in the room ensuring they match properly.

When it comes to choosing a picture frame for any need, focus on the details. When you do, chances are good you will enjoy the look and the overall style of the frame for years to come. A good place to start is with the best picture frame company in Berlin. You’ll love all of the options you have when you call us at Tel. +49 (0) 176 31 38 73 06.

Link Between Artwork and Frames

Since the Middle-Ages professional picture framers reproduce traditional savoir-faire based on two main goals: preserve and enhance the artwork. Framing allows definition of the figurative space, clarifies the frame, and enhances the passage between the outside world and the work.

La justice de l’Empereur Othon

Frames are often in and of themselves a real piece of art, creating harmony with the artwork. It can play a considerable role in the representation, changing the vision of the depth. In “La justice de l’Empereur Othon”, Dirk Bouts does not hesitate to place on the top of his picture two fine golden wooden blazing arcs, which create a more striking perspective effect.

Portrait of Engelbert II (1451-1504)
1487, Rijksmuseum

We can find the same process in the Portrait of Engelbert II (1451-1504) (1487, Rijksmuseum). The protagonist seems to be at the window with his hand and his hawk’s tail which are painted on the frame. The interest of the artists for frames was strong at this time, and it was thus customary, to play with them and fully integrate them in the work. That is why recently antique frames are increasing in value, sometimes reaching the same value as the paired artwork.

Fenêtres simultanées
1912-1913 Robert Delaunay

During 20th century, artists continued to link their works to the frames, experimenting with new materials, canvas, leather or metal, decorated sometimes with mirrors, still with the aim of sublimating the work. It is the case of “Fenêtres simultanées”, a set of paintings made between 1912 and 1913 by Robert Delaunay. The painter wants here to create a shading between both pieces to create a non common harmony for the time. Here, it is not anymore a question of playing with the frame as before but rather of making it integral part of the work.

The composition and form of a frame remains a crucial choice and will have a substantial impact on the work vision. During artistic periods, the materials have changed as well as the style of the frames, by adjusting itself constantly to the artistic and lifestyles evolutions. From Louis XIII to Louis XVI style, Restoration, Napoleon III, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, the Fifty and then Contemporary Art.

This is why currently, we see a significant shift towards simple modern frames, that are left their natural wood, or stained with one color. In the museum circuit, we see black and white frames most commonly. We at Frameworks Berlin produce the frames that are fitting to todays art scenes by providing a selection of modern minimalist frames from a wide selection of woods and stains. We also mobilize this ancestral know-how and artistic knowledge, producing increasingly interesting frames made from a range of recycled materials, in order to make of every frame a unique work.

If you’re looking for a custom frame for your artwork or large commercial framing project, call us at +49 (0) 30 5366 4996 or email Frameworks Berlin today!

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