Creative Frame Uses from House Tours

Creative Frame Uses from House Tours

Leah Moss
Nov 15, 2010

While the debate is still on among readers about the merits of hanging empty frames, most of us are up for other clever uses of beautiful frames. These creative applications hail from some of our very own Apartment Therapy homes.

As a thrift store lurker, beautiful old frames are always calling out to me — but because storage space is limited in my home, I usually end up passing them by. However these creative little uses have my wheels turning…

• Stefanie and Luke have done wonders transforming their Brooklyn Limestone from a neglected relic to a shining gem. Throughout they've managed to bring a dose of old world charm to modern luxuries, including their TV. Painting an old frame the same color as a wall, they've added a little quirk and glam to the glaring black box.

• Bruce and Melanie have pulled off quite a few impressive creative feats in their Steampunk Victorian, and even the smallest details have not been overlooked. Take their computer for example. Most of us would have contented ourselves with the fact that a computer is a functional object, no need to dress it up. However, Bruce and Melanie took the opportunity to turn their computer station into a quirky installation, complete with framed computer screen.

• When Nicole and Colin moved into their 1940s colonial, the bathroom was their least favorite spot. However, they've managed to make it into one of the most creative spaces with a few easy tricks. The minuscule medicine cabinet, added in the 90s, was the least of the bathroom's pesky problems, but they still wanted an easy and budget friendly way to make it fit in with the rest of the 40s charm. Nicole's solution was to adhere a chunky ornate framed scored at a flea market to the wall surrounding the built in cabinet. The frame solved the problem of scale, and made it appear to fit in with the other details of their home including the generous molding and trims found throughout.

• Ok, this is not actually from a House Tour, but it does hail from the beautiful home of one of Apartment Therapy's star bloggers, Beth Zeigler, from Apartment Therapy LA. Beth used an old frame to highlight some beautiful wall mounted vases.

Aside from highlighting beautiful artwork, what creative uses have you found for old frames in your house?

Images: 1: Annie Werbler for Apartment Therapy: NY, 2: Sarah Rainwater for Apartment Therapy: Boston, 3: Leah Moss for Apartment Therapy: DC, 4: Beth Zeigler for Apartment Therapy: LA

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