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Ten Design ideas for an Empty Frame

June 2, 2013

 I am always on the lookout for a good ol’ empty frame. They are good for dimension and they also add more character to every day decor for your home. Below are some ideas to get your creativity flowing.


Frame your wreath.

This would make a great focal point above a mantle or on a wall that needs some attention. This is great for seasonal wreaths as well.



Frame a Plate or frame a cluster of different sized plates.

On this plate I glued a nest to the plate to add a little more dimension.


Frame a scene.

These smaller arrangements look more complete with this frame in the background.


Personalize your frame.

Put your favorite letter, number, or initial inside the frame to dress it up a bit.


Frame a mount.

I love dimensional design. This deer head (etsy.com) stands out even more with the frame as a border.


Frame your shrubs.

I love natural greenery, go out in your yard and pick some fresh greens and make your spaces come alive.


Frame time.

I like to blend shapes in my design. This round clock with this rectangular frame adds more interest to this mantle.


Frame your day.

Mail, memos, and letters can look cluttered. When you frame the space it looks more intentional and purposeful.


Make your spaces more unique. Adding an empty frame to any setting not only adds some depth and character, but it also allows the space to breath with its open, airy feel.



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  • Irma
    12:31 am, September 30, 2017
    Even the smallest idea can be just what one needs to fill an empty space...that's why your show is so successful ! I always feel like I'm right there on the show with you all. I like that I'm always learning some new idea that I can try in my home.
  • Cheryl
    2:40 pm, August 6, 2017
    I have always had a passion for decorting and absolutely love your show. You'r style is my style!! I'm amazed at how you and Chip transform houses into homes!! They are truely works of art.
  • Kelli Rowland
    1:40 pm, April 29, 2017
    LOVE ur style and admire ur compassion in all that you do!!!
  • Sabrina Doss
    7:37 am, December 30, 2016
    My husband and I are about to build a house. I love the farmhouse design and he loves the cabin/rustic design. How do we mesh those two styles in designing the home?
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