I bet you have naked pictures lying all over your house. No, not that kind! Get your mind out of the gutter.
The naked pictures I'm talking about are the pictures that fill drawers and cabinets all around the house that don't have a picture frame. You know the kind - the school pictures, dance and sports photos, not to mention the great shots you took on vacation, that all get stuck in the drawer.
Framing your photos is the best way to personalize your decor and turn a boring space into a home. You can pick up a cheap picture frame almost anywhere for a few dollars, but to do it right you need to think big and use a little imagination.
Frame moldings can be made of wood or metal and come in hundreds of different profiles. You can accentuate the moldings with mat board that comes in every color of the rainbow. Custom framing is as much an art form as photography. It can be a daunting task to frame all those photographs and I recommend you leave it to a professional. You can frame things yourself at home, but it takes a person with an eye for color and design to do a great job of framing. It can be a time consuming process to choose just the right molding and color combination to turn your image into an art piece. Like most things, the more effort, planning and thought you put into it, the better your final results will be. Come to the frame shop prepared with some basic information. The size of the space and colors of the room where you plan to hang the picture are important in selecting the proper materials for the framing job.
In last week's column, I made a list of holiday gift ideas that you can't wait until the last minute to get done, and custom framing is one of them. The framing materials need to be ordered ahead of time and you need to allow time for assembly, so don't waste any time and start now.
Custom framing can turn an ordinary picture into a work of art that could grace the walls of the personal museum you call home and is a great way to dress up all those naked pictures.
(Brent Kepner is the owner and photographer at Foto 1 Pro Photo in Elkins. He is a Master Photographer, Certified Professional Photographer and president of the Professional Photographers of West Virginia.)