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January 16, 2010

Sports memorabilia makes trendy home decor

Sports-related memorbilia needs to be well protected

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ENID — Get creative with color

“First, work with your local custom framer, who will ensure pieces are framed to the highest quality,” Valencich suggests. “Request matboard that matches the team’s colors to

im-mediately call the team to mind. The Crescent Select Impact Colors matboard line is ideal for this, as it features exact color matches for every college and professional sports team.”

Mix sizes, shapes, materials

“When framing sports pictures, choose different shapes, textures and auxiliary elements in order to create a memorable gallery wall that can become a tribute to a favorite team,” says Valencich. “I recommend choosing two to three primary pieces to be the focal point of the wall grouping and supplement them by also framing pennants, jerseys, trading cards, game programs and other meaningful memorabilia for a unique design. It’s the mix of sizes, shapes and pieces that really make a collection sing.”

Capture personal experiences

Valencich also suggests turning a picture of a sports fan’s favorite player, team or stadium into a unique gift. She recommends incorporating several memorable pieces into a single custom-framed piece, such as a photo of the family from a game combined with a ticket stub or program. “By personalizing with a photo, framed sports memorabilia can become a conversation piece that chronicles a special sporting event your family attended,” she adds. Professional custom framers can bring individual pieces of memorabilia together in a high-quality, cohesive piece.

Find the perfect place

Valencich believes sports memorabilia makes a much bigger statement when grouped together in one area. “When displaying sports pictures and memorabilia, choose a room that is the most personal to the family’s sports en-thusiast, such as a children’s bedroom, an office, den or entertainment room,” suggests Valencich.

ARAcontent contributed to this story.

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