by Amanda Mears
The best memories deserve an equally great frame. Whether you're hanging school portraits or snapshots of a scenic landscape, photo frames accent your pictures and turn them into works of art. You can always place a few standard photographs around your home, but the best way to make a visual impact in your living room is to pick unique framing options.
Frame sets: The secret to creating a photo collage that looks cohesive is to pick up a hanging system. Photo-frame collage sets come with several frames in multiple sizes that work together to create a display. If you have a large blank wall, fill it with a frame set and all your favorite photos.
Photo vases: For a subtle way to display your favorite photos, pick up a photo vase with protective inserts. You can fill it with colorful fresh flowers or use it as a pencil holder in your home office. Photo vases are elegant home decor and make great gifts for grandparents or parents who live far away.
Multi-opening picture frames: If you like the look of a photo collage wall but don't have enough space, try a frame with special mats that hold multiple photos. You can group together a series of black and white photos for a dramatic effect or fill the frame with printed paper for a crafty piece of customized art.
Photo coasters: Hold small photos in personalized coasters that protect your furniture from drink rings and accidental spills. Look for glass photo coasters with non-skid feet that can be stored in a wooden stand to be displayed when not in use.
Reclaimed photo frames: Handmade frames created from old recycled wood will fit in perfectly with bohemian or antique decor. If you love the look of individually created home decor, pick up a frame made from reclaimed boat wood that is stylish and eco-friendly.
Shadowboxes: To display important mementos that aren't completely flat, try a shadowbox frame. Shadowbox frames are deeper than typical frames and have a solid background that you can mount items on. Hang a row of antique keys or a collection of seashells from a beach trip to transform your memories into lasting keepsakes.