"Frameless frames" are hitting it big right now, showing off how beautiful art looks without the distraction of a border. This trendy framing method is remarkably versatile and adapts to almost any decor style, because the clear sheets blend into any background. All you need to get the look is two transparent sheets of acrylic or lucite (you can get them cut to size at Lowe's or ask a local glass cutting company) and a handful of standoff bolts. Browse the rooms below to get inspiration for what to display—art, scarves, patterned wallpaper, and family photos are all fair game.
Huge 4-by-8-feet sheets of clear acrylic from the hardware store can be cut down to fit art of any size, including large-scale pieces or big sheets of patterned wallpaper. The Home Depot Blog has step-by-step instructions for assembling the transparent frame above.
Acrylic frames work well for displaying thin textiles, like a favorite vintage scarf. The graphic Vera scarf above was found on Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.
Another pretty Vera scarf adds color to a bedroom, without a distracting frame. The pink and orange one above was spotted on Kiki's List.
Oversized art doesn't get any cheaper than this: Download and print free fern images from the New York Public Library's Digital Collection and sandwich them between two thin sheets of acrylic, as seen on Love Your Abode.
A gallery wall of vintage family photos fits into a contemporary home when transparent frames are introduced. Painted horizontal stripes, a lucite console table, and modern sconces complete this scene from House & Garden.
Try mixing floating frames with other framing techniques, as designer Kit Kemp did in the hotel above, seen on Architects + Artisans. A large clear frame holding a bright, poppy piece hangs beside unframed works and a piece placed in a shadowbox.
Because lucite frames are transparent, the wall behind them has the power to completely transform the look of whatever they display. Black and white family photos that might look bold and modern against a dark gray wall, appear beachy and nostalgic when hung in a shiplap mudroom on Crisp Interiors.
To get a romantic and rustic look, Brooke Gianetti of Velvet & Linen encased delicate pressed botanicals between two sheets of Plexiglas and arranged them over the sink in her laundry room.
A floral photograph in a clear frame lets the room's molding serve as a visual border for the piece. Above blue velvet seating and surrounded by bookcases, the dramatic piece adds to the opulence of this space from Elle Decor.
And if you need one more reason to get an acrylic frame: Celebrities love them. See the proof hanging above Brooke Shield's fireplace, featured in Architectural Digest.