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Office Decor 101: Choosing the Right Frame for Your Office Style

UPDATED: September 7th, 2022

When selecting new frames for your office, there are a lot of options to choose from in a variety of office decor styles. From modern to eclectic and everything in between, choosing the right frame style can be overwhelming! We’ve created this nifty guide to help you select the best frame style for your office. Keep reading for our favorite tips to style your office like a pro!

Modern office with blue chairs.
Discover how to Choose the Right Frame for Your Office Style! Photo by Gian Paolo Aliatis on Unsplash.

Modern Decor

Modern style is marked by straight lines, neutral colors, and minimal furnishings. A popular choice for both designers and users alike, modern interiors reject ornamentation and clutter in favor of a clean and simple design ethos. Sleek surfaces of glass, metal, and stone, along with selective pops of color differentiate this style from others.

Modern office decor with two chairs and simple cabinet with white walls
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Modern decor is marked by clean lines and simple furnishings in neutral colors. Photo by Laura Davidson on Unsplash.

Frames For Modern Office Decor

We have several frames that work well in modern office spaces. One of our favorites is the Derby frame because of its flat face and clean, straight lines. It comes in several finishes, but we’d recommend black or white for the perfect modern expression.

Derby frame in black with the mountain landscape.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Our Derby frame in black.

Eclectic Decor

Bright, bold, and filled with character, eclectic offices offer a unique mix of pattern and color. Rather than adhering to a single design, eclectic spaces mix traditional, rustic, and international elements for a more playful look. Plants, selective color, macrame, and a sense of warmth make this style so popular!

Sarah Caligiuri @ sare xo 003
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Eclectic offices have macrame, plants, and pops of color.

Frames For Eclectic Offices

Because you can use a variety of styles to create an eclectic look, your frame options are almost endless! We’d recommend our metal Hanover frames, however, as they come in several fun colors and fill a transitional style role, slotting in-between a modern and more traditional look.

Hanover frame in green, close-up image
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Our Hanover frame in green.

Bohemian Decor

Emerging from Europe as a response to and rejection of the Bourgeois, bohemian decor takes some design cues from its eclectic sibling, including macrame accessories and a carefree vibe. Unlike that style though, bohemian decor tends to be a bit more monochromatic and elegant.

Bohemian office decor with macrame and framed art prints.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Bohemian offices use earth tones and macrame to achieve a carefree, international style.

Frames For Bohemian Offices

To get the bohemian look, we recommend our Hanover frame in Satin Gold. It’s elegant and modern with classic lines wonderfully suited to a boho workspace. If you’re looking for something a bit more rustic, check out our Derby frame in Rustic Gray.

Our Hanover frame in Satin Gold.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Our Hanover frame in Satin Gold.

Industrial Decor

Industrial office design takes modern style and adds an organic touch. To pull off the industrial vibe, designers use cement, brick, architectural metal accents, and pops of natural green that keep these spaces warmer than their modern counterparts. Exposed ductwork, beams, and matte black pieces are also hallmarks of this popular style.

Industrial design style, office with employees working at computers
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style- Industrial design combines modern touches with warm brick and cement elements. Photo by Proxyclick Visitor Management System on Unsplash.

Frames For Industrial Offices

In general, metal frames work great for offices with an industrial design style. We’d recommend our Stafford frames because their chunky metal appearance will complement other metallic elements found throughout the space.

Our Stafford frames work well with the industrial design style. Stafford frame in silver, close-up photo.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Our Stafford frame in silver.

Traditional and Classic Decor

Traditional and classic styled offices shun the minimalism of modern spaces and bright colors of eclectic spaces for something a bit more conservative, old-world, and restrained. Rich wood and leather tones, plus antique metallic ornamentation and European design elements are hallmarks of these styles. Earth tones and traditional pastels, as well as patterned wallpapers and wood paneling, compliment this style

Kassie Keck @gagirl vintagedecor 001
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Rich wood and leather tones are a hallmark of traditional office design.

Frames For Traditional and Classic Offices

Since traditional and classic design calls for metallic ornamentation, we’d recommend the Granby frame for its elegant, decorative features wrapped in antique gold or silver. It’s old-world coloring and detailing make it a classic choice!

Granby frame in gold.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Our Granby frame in gold.

Coastal and Rustic Decor

Aged wood, wicker, neutral tones, and vintage elements combine to make the always-popular coastal and rustic design styles. Where other styles might come across as cold or sterile, the coastal or rustic theme goes in the opposite direction for something more comfortable. While the coastal style relies on monochromatic neutrals, rustic design is slightly more playful and adds rough organic elements for a greater sense of casual warmth.

Coastal room with a framed picture of a sailboat.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Coastal and rustic styles are marked by a mix of wicker, white-washed furnishings, and neutral tones.

Frames For Coastal and Rustic Offices

Frames for coastal and rustic spaces come in a variety of shapes and sizes, even used vintage frames work well. Consider our Dayton frame in a whitewash finish for the perfect rustic or coastal look! The neutral-toned whitewash and organic movement of the wood grain work really well with both styles.

Close up photo of Dayton frame in whitewash finish.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Our Dayton frame in a whitewash.

Southwestern Decor

Taking cues from rustic, Americana, and Spanish colonial design, southwestern style is marked by rich earth tones, pops of turquoise and green, handmade pieces, and tribal textiles. It calls for chunky, unprocessed wood and leather elements as well as terracotta pottery.

Office decor - Leather sofa in a living room with framed art print.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Southwestern decor is marked by earth tones, leather, and pops of turquoise.

Frames For Southwestern Offices

Our two favorite frames for this style are our Granby frame in silver and our Dayton frame in cocoa. The Granby’s elegant styling and metallic silver make it a sure bet for this style, and our Dayton frame’s old-world coloring will be a welcome addition, too!

Our Dayton frame in cocoa
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Our Dayton frame in cocoa.

Scandinavian Decor

One of the hottest current design trends, Scandinavian design incorporates bright, airy, and organic elements for something that is similar to modern design, but with a touch more warmth and comfort. Varying shades of white, cream, and gray, as well as cozy fabrics and touchpoints, and a dash of minimalism ensure this European style will be popular for years to come.

Scandinavian office decor with chair, blanket and a white table.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Scandinavian design calls for whites, creams, and grays for a calm, organic look. Photo by Minh Pham on Unsplash.

Frames For Scandinavian Offices

Since this design is all about minimalism and clean lines, we prefer our Ashford frame in satin black for its flat profile and simple, thin lines. We also recommend a clean white matboard to fully achieve the Scandinavian look.

Ashford Satin Black
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Our Ashford frame in satin black.

Midcentury Modern Decor

Midcentury modern decor popped onto the design scene in the mid-20th century and is characterized by functionality and simplicity. Curved shapes, teak furniture, and bold colors give this style a playful tone, while less ornamentation makes it more approachable and casual than its more formal earlier counterparts.

Midcentury modern table and chairs.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Simple teak furniture and curved shapes in a midcentury modern room.

Frames For Your Midcentury Modern Office

Our Hanover frame is a wonderful compliment to this office decor style because it has a simple design and a slight curve that mimics midcentury design cues. Try it in satin black or satin silver!

Our Hanover frame in satin black.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Our Hanover frame in satin black.

Asian Zen Decor

Asian zen decor is part organic modern, part international, and part traditional. Earth tones, organic wood elements, minimalistic decor, and a connection to nature give it a unique personality that at once feels peaceful and serene. Ornamentation and heavily stylized designs are rejected for elegantly functional pieces which are in harmony with their surroundings.

Asian zen-inspired room with plants and a green armchair.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Muted earth tones and organic elements combine for the Asian zen style. Photo by Jason Wang on Unsplash.

Frames For Your Asian Zen Office

Our Ashford frame in satin gold would blend wonderfully with an Asian zen-inspired office! The color is casually elegant, and the simple design is minimalistic enough to work well with other elements in the room.

Our Ashford frame in satin gold.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Our Ashford frame in satin gold.

Art Deco Decor

Originating in France and making its way to the United States in the early 1900s, art deco-style decor calls for muted pastel colors, curvy furniture, geometric art, and serious ornamentation. Velvet, glass, and metal are all popular hallmarks of this style, as are safari and jungle-themed prints.

Art deco style room with pink chair, bar cart, and framed art print.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Photo by Spacejoy on Unsplash

Frames For Your Art Deco Office

There are a few great frames we offer that would fit in well with this style, but our favorite is the Dayton frame in satin gold! The opulence of the gold, combined with its chunky proportions, makes this a winner for an art deco office!

Our Dayton frame in satin gold.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Our Dayton frame in satin gold.

Modern Farmhouse Decor

A relative newcomer on the design scene, modern farmhouse decor combines traditional Americana with rustic elements for something unpretentious, simple, and character-filled. Bright whites, creams, grays, and matte black, along with vintage items, exposed architectural elements, and handcrafted textiles are what make this comfortable style so popular.

Bright living room with sofa, chairs, and a fireplace.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Exposed architectural elements, combined with creams and whites, make up the modern farmhouse style. Photo by Collov Home Design on Unsplash.

Frames For Your Modern Farmhouse Office

For this style, we’d recommend our Hammond frame in satin black. It’s a metal frame, which adds a modern twist to a traditional design. The black coloring will pop beautifully against a neutral wall, and we’d add a white matboard to offset the thicker frame proportions.

Our Hammond frame in satin black.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Our Hammond frame in satin black.

Ordering Your Frames

If you have a digital image, upload your photo to our interactive frame designer, select your frame and mat style, and we’ll print, frame, and ship you a ready-to-hang picture. Don’t have a digital image? That’s alright! Enter your artwork size in our interactive frame designer, and once you’ve selected your mat and frame styles, we’ll ship you your frame!

Cell phone picture uploaded to our interactive frame designer.
How to Choose the Right Frame for your Office Decor Style – Ordering the perfect frame is easy with our interactive frame designer!

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right frame to fit with your office decor doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult! Whether your office is clean and modern, colorful and eclectic, or relaxed and coastal, we’ve got plenty of frames to fit your style needs. Once you’ve found the perfect frame for your space, share it with us on social media! And before you go, check out how our complimentary white label service can help businesses just like yours!

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