Oval picture frames come in metal, hardwood, glazed tile and painted styles. They may be wall-hung, swiveled, or tabletop-hinged easels. Some oval mirrors are framed with mosaics, also made of mirror, that curve around the shape of the main mirror. Most oval frames, particularly those suited to displaying vintage photographs, may easily be distressed, whitewashed, gilded, decoupaged or encrusted with seashells to match or complement specific decor.
Add a horizontal oval mirror over a sofa as a quirky, light-enhancing touch in a living room. Hang a large gilded rococo mirror in a formal dining room. A shabby chic-style floor mirror, framed in wicker within a swivel stand, adjusts for full-body views in a romantic dressing room.
Smaller oval frames break up the straight lines of square and rectangular frames on a gallery wall. The most delicate filigreed antique silver frames can hold family photos on a bookshelf, side table or piano.
In a beach house, a thrift store oval frame, glued all over with collected shells and bits of sea glass, captures a casual coastal style. A salvaged, weathered wood oval frame, mounted on a bedroom wall, can hold an earring collection hooked into bits of lace edging stretched across the frame's opening.