These Black and Gold Picture Frames Make My Walls Look Chic

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The Spruce / Illustration by Amy Sheehan / Photo by Allie Provost for Sarah Lyon

For being someone who lives in a relatively small apartment and doesn't have a ton of wall space, I certainly have amassed quite a lot of art. Living in New York City, I'm always coming across talented new artists who sell their work locally. While taking a walk through Central Park one day this past fall, I spotted a man selling beautiful, affordable prints of various buildings in the city. Since I was eager to incorporate some non-cheesy, NYC themed decor into my apartment, I knew immediately that these pieces were calling my name. When I got home, I went to work searching online for a pair of picture frames that would allow these works to truly shine.

Sure, I could've gone the custom framing route, but that's pretty expensive and is something I generally save for my investment pieces only. I also am a bit impatient when it comes to decorating and couldn't have been more excited to get my two new pieces up on the wall. Custom framing can often take a couple of weeks at minimum, and I didn't want to splurge and wait! Additionally, because I have a lot of artwork and not a ton of space to display it, I find myself rotating various prints out fairly frequently. When I frame artwork myself, it's much easier to slide it inside a frame or adhere it to a mat using painter's tape, and if I feel like revamping my space, I can carefully take the pieces out to store them in just a matter of minutes.

When I began my hunt for the perfect frames, the first place I looked was Amazon. I get a lot of my picture frames via the site, partly because the shipping is so speedy given that I'm a Prime member, and because there are so many nice looking styles available for great prices. Over time, I've learned that reading the reviews before purchasing a frame is key, though. Some frames actually feature a plastic insert in lieu of real glass or just aren't extremely well made, and reviewers will be quick to comment on these issues! Sure, returns are easy, but it's always worth doing a little bit of research ahead of time.

Space Art Deco Black and Gold 16x20 Picture Frame Without Mat

While scrolling through tons of different Amazon listings, I eventually came across these black and gold art deco style frames. The price was right (just about $40), the reviews looked excellent, and the style would complement the existing decor in my apartment perfectly. I was sold! The frames arrived at my doorstep just a few days later, and when I shared a few pictures of them on Instagram, the compliments came flooding in. Seriously, I was floored by how many people were going wild for these frames—and honestly, I get the hype! These frames look super luxe—you could easily assume they go for closer to $200 each.

At 16 by 20, they're pretty sizable, and their sleek design really makes a statement. If you're looking to construct a whole gallery wall with coordinating frames, note that this style comes in five other sizes, with the 16 by 20 option being the largest.

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Having found frames like these, I'm even more glad that I decided to self-frame my artwork and embrace a more affordable option. At the end of the day, I don't think anyone would guess these frames came from a big box retailer. They really make my special NYC artwork look lovely on the wall, and you can bet I'll be singing their praises every time friends ask for frame recommendations.