In a digital world where it’s commonplace to take a photo of anything and everything, it seems a shame that our most precious memories are often lost in a social media black hole. Now we’re not talking mirror selfies or that over-filtered food snap, but why not bring your favourite photos to life, forever, by framing them for all to admire? Here we answer some commonly asked questions to help you decide which frame is right for you.
WHAT SIZES ARE HABITATS FRAMES AVAILABLE IN?
Once you’ve taken a trip down memory lane, it’s time to ensure you buy the right size frame to show off your chosen photos. Whether you’re searching for a small photo frame of 4x6”, a slighter bigger one of 5x7” or a larger one of 8x12”, you’ll find a variety of individual frames to fulfil your display desires. If however, you’d like to frame a selection of photos of different sizes, then our multi-aperture frames are the perfect solution.
When selecting your frame(s), it’s important to remember that the measurements represent the inner glass area and not the total width and height of the frame. All our measurements can be found in the details and dimensions section on the product page or in our
WHAT STYLES, COLOURS AND MATERIALS DO HABITAT'S FRAMES COME IN?
They say a photo speaks a thousand words, which is why you should take your time selecting a frame that perfectly amplifies those precious moments.
One of the first things to consider is the colour of the frame so have a think about which shade would best suit your room’s décor. Perhaps you want your photos to be the first thing guests notice when they enter the room; if so, go for a modern photo frame in an attention-grabbing hue such as yellow, orange, pink or blue. If however, you’d prefer a more traditional photo frame which effortlessly blends into its surroundings, opt for a sophisticated neutral such as black or white, try a clear frame, or add a touch of subtle shine with an elegant silver style.
The colour you are after will usually determine the material of your frame. Our frames are constructed of a range of different materials, from wood and aluminium to plastic, acrylic and glass. Wooden frames of oak, walnut veneer, or white or dark stained birch are perennially popular, because they’re natural and timeless. However, ‘frameless’ styles and metal frames are growing in popularity, particularly in on-trend finishes of copper and silver, suiting modern and minimalist interior schemes.
HOW TO HANG YOUR WALL FRAMES?
There are endless ways you can hang your photo frames, be it horizontal or vertical, on their own or in a group. The type of wall fixings will vary from frame to frame but are always positioned to ensure they are not visible once the frame is on the wall.
Before you hang your photo frame, think carefully about where you plan to put it because you don’t want it to fall off the wall or indeed damage the wall itself. For more detailed advice, have a look at the Habitat ‘Guide to Wall Mounting & Fixings’. It’ll help you figure out which type of wall fixing you need based on the type of wall you’re planning to hang your frame on.
Depending on the range, the frames can be hung in three ways: using a metal wire; using the edge of the frame; or hung directly onto a hook, nail or screw with the help of the metal fixings on the back of the frame. To help make sense of the choices, we’ve highlighted the type of wall fixings we have by range on ourWe recommend when hanging any frame that you use 2 hooks, nails or screws to ensure the frame is straight and secure.
Once you’ve considered all the practicalities, have a think about how you’d like to display your photos. There is no best way to hang your pictures and it completely depends on the look and feel you are hoping to achieve. For example, if you’re after a clean, streamlined look, then hanging your frames in a neat row is a way to accomplish this. If they are different sizes, simply make sure the centre of each is level with the others.
An increasingly popular and stylish way to hang picture frames is by creating a gallery wall, which is basically a collage-style display in which photos (usually of varying size) are fitted around each other in a pieced-together way. Groups of family photographs look particularly effective like this. Remember, your frames don’t have to match – for a more eclectic look, have some fun and mix and match different styles and colours. For more inspiration, take a look at our guide on creating your own feature wall.
BUYING PHOTO AND PICTURE FRAMES ONLINE
We aim to deliver our photo frames between 5-7 days but please check the relevant product page for specific delivery details.
We are careful to ensure our frames are wrapped well enough to avoid being damaged when they reach you. Each is individually shrink-wrapped and includes protective corners. Our frames are encased in thick bubble wrap and larger sizes are sent in an individual cardboard box. Smaller frames are individually bubble wrapped and then grouped together for shipment in one box.