If you like it then you should put a frame round it If you like it then you should put a frame round it
There is no better way of expressing your love of the cinema than by decorating your home with posters of your favourite films. Movie... If you like it then you should put a frame round it

There is no better way of expressing your love of the cinema than by decorating your home with posters of your favourite films.

Movie posters are more than just adverts; they are brilliant works of art packed with information, colour and interest.

Mounting your posters is simple. Good quality poster frames are a must if you don’t want them to look shabby and temporary. A cool iron used sparingly will smooth out any folds, and a quality frame will hold them flat so there are no creases. You can pick matt glass to avoid glare.

The clever thing to do when framing your favourite films is to go for a theme.

For example, pick your favourite director, then select four, or nine, A4 posters of their best work and put them in identical frames. Arrange them in a large 4×4 or 3×3 grid on a plain wall for a stunning centrepiece.

If you have a staircase or long hall, go bigger with A3 pictures in a long line. This works especially well with directors famous for working in certain eras.

For example, posters of Hitchcock’s later films – with Vertigo as a centrepiece – sum up the Pop Art style of the 1950s and 1960s.

Similarly, Spielberg’s classics span the 1970s and 1980s like a Colossus, from Jaws through Close Encounters, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, ET and Back To The Future. These pictures are rich with detail and deserve to be displayed prominently, in large frames. Think how impressive Jaws would be at the top of the stairs, or in the bathroom!

Of course, you don’t have to stick to a director. Pacino fans have a wealth of great movie posters to choose from, including the iconic Scarface, Serpico and The Godfather. Lucky too, that all three of these posters are predominantly black and white, making co-ordinating your display twice as easy.

You don’t even have to like the film you are displaying to want to hang it on your wall. There are some fantastic posters for terrible films. How about Attack Of The 50ft Woman, or 50s teen drama Lost, Lonely and Vicious? Arguably, the posters are far better than the films themselves.

If science fiction is your niche, then as well as the classic posters, such as Star Wars, Alien and Metropolis, you can raise a smile with a collection of sensationalist 50’s offerings. The Day The Earth Stood Still, Forbidden Planet, Torbor The Great and Invasion Of The Saucer Men all feature insensible, scantily clad women being carried by robots or aliens.

Problem Girls, Juvenile Jungle and Girls On The Loose feature tight clothes and provocative text, such as A jet propelled gang out for fast kicks, making them just as much a pieces of social history as posters for terrible films!

From an interior design point of view, a movie poster in a classy frame can provide a real pop of colour in a neutral room. Most posters use a combination of bright graphics and eye-catching fonts to grab your attention. Some go the other way and keep it simple.

The classic Bogart and Bergman film Casablanca exploited this with a restrained monochrome poster, as did Goodfellas and Scream. In a silver or black frame, this type of poster is the epitome of understated style.

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Jon Dingle Editor

A film journalist, writer and a filmmaker in business for over 20 years. I am passionate about movies, television series, music and online games.