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Use pictures and frames to integrate your life into your decor. Frames offer a great way to make the people and places you love a natural part of your room. Celebrate friends and family by adding their pictures to your wall. Display some photographs of treasured memories from past adventures. Either way, a nice frame will help highlight, contrast or tie your pictures in with the rest of your interior design.
Frames for every size, style and need
IKEA sells an array of different frame styles, shapes and colours.
Some frames are more basic and are available in sizes from A6 (10.5 cm x 14.8 cm) all the way to A1 (59.4 cm x 84.1 cm). Others are fixed in size but are more ornately designed to compensate. This can contribute as much to the décor as the picture it displays.
Make sure to choose the colour and style of the frame based on where you want to use it. A tip is to use contrasting colours to accentuate and bring attention to your picture. For example, a black picture frame goes very well on a bright wall, while a white or silver frame does a good job of making your picture pop on a darker surface.
Understanding the different paper sizes
Understanding paper sizes is necessary when you want to frame your favourite print or photo. Paper is measured in metric ‘A sizes’, most commonly ranging from A9 (smallest) to A0 (largest). Every time the number decreases, the paper doubles in size. For example, A3 is two times larger than A4, and A4 is two times larger than A5, and so on.
Here’s a size guide, measured in centimetres:
- A0 = 84.1 cm x 118.9 cm
- A1 = 59.4 cm x 84.1 cm
- A2 = 42.0 cm x 59.4 cm
- A3 = 29.7 cm x 42.0 cm
- A4 = 21.0 cm x 29.7 cm
- A5 = 14.8 cm x 21.0 cm
- A6 = 10.5 cm x 14.8 cm
- A7 = 7.4 cm x 10.5 cm
- A8 = 5.2 cm x 7.4 cm
- A9 = 3.7 cm x 5.2 cm
When choosing a frame, the number one priority is that the frame is larger than the picture you want it to hold. Get the size as close as possible for a nice, tight frame. You can also go for a much larger one and add a picture mount to play around with the perspective.
Adjust the frame size with a picture mount
A picture mount is like a secondary frame, inside the frame. It’s a piece of paper or cardboard that sits between your picture and the glass of the frame. It’s used both for decoration and to prevent your photo from touching the glass.
A picture mount is particularly striking when framing small prints in large picture frames. And this makes it easier for you to find a frame that fits, since you can frame smaller pictures in larger frames.
Picture mounts are included with a lot of the frames we sell. But they can always be removed if you’d rather not use them. You’ll find all the information and measurements you need in each frame’s product description.