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Dark Wood Frames

We have a wide selection of dark wooden frames from classic styles to modern.

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Dark Wood Frames

We have a wide selection of dark wooden frames from classic styles to modern.

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Black Frames

We have a wide selection of black frames to suit your style.

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Black Frames

We have a wide selection of black frames to suit your style.

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Light Wood Frames

We have a wide selection of light wooden frames from classic styles to modern.

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Light Wood Frames

We have a wide selection of light wooden frames from classic styles to modern.

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Metallic Frames

Our collection of metallic frames include: Silver, Bronze, Pewter & Gold

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Metallic Frames

Our collection of metallic frames include: Silver, Bronze, Pewter & Gold

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PICTURE FRAMES ONLINE

With our extensive range of picture frames online, you can be sure you will find the perfect custom picture frame for your home or business. If you have any questions about designing your picture frames online, our team is always on hand to offer expert advice on framing your photos and prints. Just choose from the wide range of frames available in the made to measure section of our website, select your glass and mountboard, and enter the measurements.

We offer a wide range of high quality picture frames online in all styles, sizes and mouldings at affordable prices.

Picture Frames Direct specialise in high quality, custom made picture frames. All of our picture frames are made to order, ensuring that you receive the exact size and colour you want. We also offer a bespoke online picture frame design service, where we can create really unique, handmade picture frames for those very special occasions and gifts.

Accurate sizing is the key to creating a quality picture frame, which is why all of our products are bespoke. We use the latest state of the art automated machinery ensuring high quality and precision down to the nearest millimetre.

If you are looking to order a high quality, made to measure picture frame online, you are in the right place.

FIND THE PERFECT FRAME

Choosing the perfect picture frame for a photo or artwork is an important decision that can make or break the visual impact and the aesthetic appeal of the piece. Building the perfect custom frame involves choosing the size, the frame style, the colour, the picture mount, and the material of the frame, and how they match or contrast with the content, the wall, and the décor of the room.

You also need to consider the mount, the backing, the glazing, and the hanging options of the frame, and how they enhance or protect the piece from damage or fading.

Our made to measure frames can accommodate non-standard or oversized prints, and create a unique and personalised look.

Our friendly, experienced team will help you make the best choice, and you can even upload an image to our online frame design tool to get an idea of how the finished frame will look.

Creating the perfect picture frame is a matter of personal taste, and it is worth taking the time and effort to get it right.

 

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Curious about who’s behind the superbly crafted frames at Picture Frames Direct? Meet Roger, our master craftsman. As part of our dedicated team in our family-run business, Roger, along with his sons, applies his wealth of experience and extraordinary attention to detail to every frame. In our workshop, Roger’s passion and precision transform simple materials into exceptional pieces, expertly tailored to preserve your most cherished artworks, memorabilia or photographs. With us, creating frames is more than just a process—it’s about delivering uncompromising quality and care with each piece we create, ensuring that from our family to yours, you receive nothing but the best. What inspired you to start Picture Frames Direct? ‘We already had a bespoke framing shop, but it isn’t practical for people to send artwork, photos, needlework and so on through the post for us to frame. Not everything is a standard size, so you can’t always pick up a ready-made. Therefore, we decided it would be a good idea to be able to manufacture frames and custom-made mounts to the client’s specifications and send them out by courier for them to frame their own artwork. Also, some people prefer to frame their own art, especially artists and memorabilia sellers. Not to mention cost-saving!’ Can you describe the moment you decided to turn your passion for framing into a full-fledged business? ‘We had always sold ready-made frames, and quite often, artwork or photos weren’t standard sizes. So, we started cutting mounts to enable the artwork to fit into standard-sized frames. After two or three years of doing this, one of our reps showed us some display cases for collectables, and it turned out they were made from picture frame mouldings. He suggested we look into manufacturing our own frames and put us in touch with a framing equipment company—that’s how it all started.’ What sets Picture Frames Direct apart from other framing companies? ‘We are a completely family-run business, where you’ll speak directly to the craftspeople making your frame. This direct line ensures all of us are extremely particular about the quality of our end products. We use high-grade cutting and frame-joining machinery and top-of-the-range computerised mount cutters. It really is about providing our customers with the best products for their most cherished items, whether it’s a photo, their own artwork or a piece of memorabilia like an autograph or signed poster. We really care about doing things properly and ensuring the highest quality in every piece we craft.’ How do you ensure that each frame you create meets the bespoke needs of your customers? ‘The ordering process has been designed to try and keep it as simple as possible, but with enough detail to give us your exact requirements. In a frame order, you would start with the image size, whether having a mount or not. Then, choose the frame style. Next would be if a mount is required—single or double. The overlap section is a very important part of the order process. We need to know this information when a mount is chosen. Choice of glazing is next, and then finally, any optional additions can be added.’ Outside of framing, what are some of your hobbies and interests? ‘Though running the physical store and the online side of things takes up much of my time, I love getting outside and walking the dog, along with visiting pubs, sometimes both at the same, of course!’ Is there a particular artist or style of art that you’re drawn to personally? ‘Barry Hilton or similar styles—I’ve got a real love for moody skies over colourful fields.’ What does a typical day look like for you at Picture Frames Direct? ‘My day usually starts at around 7 a.m., and I’m quite often the last one in at that time! My first job is emails; sometimes, the overnight orders have already been printed by then. One of us, often the very person who will craft your frame, goes through the questions quite often asked, and replies are sent. This hands-on approach ensures that materials are available to fulfil the orders. Then it’s down to manufacturing for the rest of the day, where every frame is made with a personal touch in our family-run workshop.’ A typical day for Roger involves answering emails and dealing with customer queries before manufacturing. How do you balance creativity with the demands of running a business? ‘We all have particular types of jobs that we tend to do on a regular basis, but we are capable of doing each task. Getting time for new products is essential but also quite difficult in a busy environment. We try to have a balance, but customer orders are a priority.’ Where do you see Picture Frames Direct in the next five years? ‘In particular, we would like to increase the range of mouldings on offer and introduce other types of frames, such as box frames and canvas tray frames, in the future. Canvas floater frames and canvas tray frames are very popular ways of framing stretched canvas. It creates a totally different look, putting that finishing touch to your artwork. As we grow, we aim to maintain our small-business ethos, ensuring that each frame continues to be made with the same care and precision as always.’ What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and how has it influenced your business approach? ‘Don’t be afraid to try something new—you need to keep evolving.’ [...] Read more...
Graduating is a big deal – it’s the end of an era and the start of a whole new adventure. And what’s a better way to keep those proud moments alive than with a custom graduation photo frame for your diploma and photos? Let’s dive into why our frames at Picture Frames Direct are the go-to for celebrating these awesome achievements. The Elegance of Classic Frames for Timeless Memories Your diploma and grad photos are more than just paper – they’re symbols of all your hard work and amazing memories. That’s why at Picture Frames Direct, we’re all about giving these keepsakes a home that’s as special as they are. Our frames mix classic charm with top-notch craftsmanship, making sure your achievements get the spotlight they deserve. A Size for Every Achievement Diplomas and grad photos come in all shapes and sizes, and we totally get that. Standard diplomas usually fit an A4 frame, but grad photos? They’re all over the map! No worries though, because we’re pros at making frames that fit whatever size you throw at us. Big, small, or somewhere in-between, we’ve got you covered. This attention to detail guarantees that your graduation memories are not only preserved, but also beautifully showcased, fitting perfectly within the frame, whatever size they are. The Benefits of Framing Graduation Memorabilia It’s not just about looking good (though that’s a big plus!). Framing your diploma and grad photos keeps them safe from dust, light, and the general rough and tumble of life. By framing them in high-quality materials, you’re ensuring that these symbols of accomplishment look as good as new for years to come. A well-chosen frame transforms these items from documents and pictures into cherished pieces of art. It’s a way of not just storing your achievements, but to display them, reminding you and others of your journey and success. Creative Display Ideas for Graduation Photos Gallery Wall: A Mosaic of Memories Create a beautiful gallery wall that tells your tale of effort and success! This approach allows you to mix and match frames of different sizes and orientations, adding a dynamic element to your space. Arrange them in a grid, a scattered layout, or even in a symbolic shape like a graduation cap, turning your wall into a story of your academic journey. Floating Shelves: Modern and Chic For a contemporary twist, consider placing framed graduation photos on floating shelves.  It’s a great way to mix in other bits and bobs that mean something to you, making a display that’s totally ‘you’, crafting a personalised display that reflects your journey and achievements. Multi-Aperture Frames: Compact and Elegant Got loads of pics but not much space? Check out our multi-aperture frames. They’re like a highlight reel of your best moments, all wrapped up in one stylish frame. Picture Frames Direct: Your Partner in Preserving Memories At Picture Frames Direct, we are more than just a framing service. We are a family-run business, proud of our tradition in handcrafting each frame in our workshops. Our frames are not mass-produced; they are bespoke creations, reflecting the uniqueness of each graduate’s journey. From choosing the right material to the final touches, our team is dedicated to delivering frames that not only preserve your achievements but also enhance your home décor. Why Choose Us? A custom picture frame from Picture Frames Direct is more than just a gift; it’s a tribute to the hard-earned achievements of graduates. It’s a way to display pride and accomplishment, adding a personal touch to any space. Quality and Craftsmanship: Each frame is a testament to our commitment to quality, crafted with precision and care. Personalised Service: Our friendly and professional team is here to assist you in choosing the perfect frame, offering advice on design and measurements. Easy Ordering Process: Our step-by-step online frame builder makes it easy to create the perfect frame for your diploma or graduation photo. So, as you toast to your graduation, remember the perfect frame for your diploma or grad photo is just a few clicks away. Here’s to making those amazing achievements last a lifetime! Sizes Available Here at Picture Frames Direct, we provide an extensive range of high-quality, made-to-measure picture frames in various styles and sizes, all at affordable prices. For a more distinctive design, we also offer a bespoke frame builder and mount builder. See our list below for more details.   A1 Picture Frames 841mm x 594mmA1 Photo Frames A2 Picture Frames 594mm x 420mmA2 Photo Frames A3 Picture Frames 420mm x 297mmA3 Photo Frames A4 Picture Frames 297mm x 210mmA4 Photo Frames  [...] Read more...
Ah, the annual school photo. It’s a tradition, isn’t it? One minute they’re in their first year of primary school with a toothless grin, and before you know it, they’re donning a graduation gown. These photos are more than just images; they’re timestamps, capturing your child at a specific moment in their journey of growing up. But what do you do with these precious snapshots? Tuck them away in a drawer? Stick them on the fridge? How about giving them the royal treatment they deserve with a custom-made frame from Picture Frames Direct? Why custom frames? You might wonder, “Why go for a custom frame when there are plenty of ready-made frames out there?” Well, it’s like buying a tailored suit versus picking one off the rack. Sure, both will do the job, but one will do it with style, fitting every contour perfectly. At Picture Frames Direct, we believe your child’s milestones deserve nothing less than perfection. In an ever-evolving industry, experience is a priceless asset. With a legacy spanning three decades, we know what we’re doing. We have spent time perfecting the art of turning pieces of wood and glass into windows for your memories.  From our family-owned workshops in Heywood and Middleton, we handcraft all of our frames and mounts ourselves. Our expertise guarantees that your child’s photos are treated with the care and precision they deserve. Competitive Pricing Without Compromise We believe that preserving these priceless memories should be affordable. Everyone should be able to frame their child’s school moments, whatever stage they are at in their academic journey. We only use the finest materials, but, due to the volume of frames we manufacture, we are able to take advantage of our bulk buying power to hold the overall cost of our materials down. This means that you get the best of both worlds: a frame that will last at a price you can afford. This makes us the go-to choice for framing your child’s school photos. It is highly likely that we will beat the prices of other competitors, whilst delivering on your ideal picture frame. Streamlined Simplicity Ordering your custom picture frame has never been easier. We have made the ordering process a breeze, through our simple Online Picture Frame Builder tool, where you can enter your customisation options and preview it before placing the order. We have endless options for different styles, colours and sizes to suit your child’s photo needs. Whether you want it big or small, square or circular, natural or vibrant, we have you covered. We have spent years ensuring that the design process for our customers is as simple as it possibly can be, and our team are on hand to help if you want any guidance on how to use our online tool. Once ordered, we will work tirelessly to craft your frame, ensuring it is delivered to your door ready for your child’s smile to be placed on display. Flexibility that Delivers At Picture Frames Direct, we understand that your child’s school photos are as unique as their journey. That’s why we offer a wide array of flexible frame options to cater to every style and preference, with over 800 moulding samples and over 200 mount colour options. From materials to finishes, sizes to personalization, our frame options are designed to be as diverse as your memories. Whether you prefer a classic wooden frame or a sleek metal design, want to add personal engravings, or need a specific size to complement your decor, we’ve got you covered. Our flexibility ensures that your child’s school photo frame is a true reflection of your vision, making the memories even more special. Relationship-Focused Excellence Our family-led business does not just believe in transactions; we believe in relationships. We are committed to understanding your unique preferences and needs. Our people are passionate about the picture framing industry, and it has been a part of our lives for 30 years. We want to work closely with you to create a frame that tells your child’s school story beautifully. Our commitment to building relationships means you can rely on us not only for this photo but for all your framing requirements in the future. Your satisfaction remains our top priority. That is why communication is extremely important to us. If you encounter any issues whilst ordering your frame, or have a more general enquiry, no matter how small, our team will always be happy to help. We will keep you regularly updated throughout the manufacturing process so you can know when to expect your high-quality custom frame which will treasure your child’s memories. The Perfect Gift for Grandparents A custom frame could make the perfect Christmas gift for the grandparents. Imagine their faces lighting up as they unwrap a beautifully framed photo of their grandchild, capturing a moment that they can cherish forever. Ready to Frame Your Memories? So, are you ready to turn that school photo into a cherished keepsake? With Picture Frames Direct, you’re not just buying a frame; you’re investing in a piece of art that will make your memories last a lifetime. Don’t let those school photos collect dust in a drawer. Give them the spotlight they deserve. After all, they’re not just photos; they’re your child’s ever-changing story, and every story deserves a beautiful frame. Available Sizes Here at Picture Frames Direct, we provide an extensive range of high-quality, made-to-measure picture frames in various styles and sizes, all at affordable prices. For a more distinctive design, we also offer a bespoke frame builder and mount builder. See our list below for more details. A1 Picture Frames841mm x 594mmA1 Photo FramesA2 Picture Frames 594mm x 420mmA2 Photo FramesA3 Picture Frames420mm x 297mmA3 Photo Frames A4 Picture Frames 297mm x 210mmA4 Photo Frames [...] Read more...
Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash If you have recently bought a large piece of artwork or photography, you may be thinking about how to choose a frame, or where to go to find one. Most people would probably go to their nearest shop and get a standard frame. Whilst this is the convenient option, they are often cheap and not long-lasting. They are most likely made in high volumes, using low-quality materials designed to sell quickly and they often bring down the authenticity of the picture. Here at Picture Frames Direct, we believe that if you take the time to invest in a custom picture frame, it will be worth it in the long run. You are a lot less likely to have to replace it with time, it will be made using much better materials and look nicer in your home. It will help bring your investment to life. If you want to showcase an image in your home, having a bespoke picture frame will help elevate the room, giving it an attention to detail that is second to none. Here are some of the key reasons why you should consider a custom picture frame over an off-the-shelf one, and how we can help you enhance your artwork and living space. 1. Preserving your precious work When it comes to framing, the quality of materials makes all the difference. Whatever shape, size, or colour you choose, you can be assured that it will be of a higher quality than anything you will find in a regular shop. At Picture Frames Direct, you can be confident that your artistic beauty will be preserved. We use acid-free mountboards, which help to prevent yellowing and deterioration. Not only this, but our commitment to quality extends to the glass we use. UV-protected glass helps to prevent fading caused by harmful sunlight and indoor lighting. We do our utmost to protect your work from any short- or long-term damage. Custom frames aren’t just about preserving your art, but they’re also about enhancing your living space. We offer a diverse range of frame styles to ensure your frames seamlessly blend with your décor, making your home or office an even more inviting space. 2. Tailored to perfection No two pieces of art are the same, which is why custom frames are the perfect option. Our bespoke frames are made-to-measure, with an online frame builder which simplifies the design process. You have more creative control, and can customise it to your needs such as choosing the best frame style, materials and dimensions to match your unique vision. By choosing a custom picture frame, you won’t have to settle for anything less than perfection. Whilst shop-bought frames do have a variety of sizes, these are limited and far from unique. Choosing one which you can create yourself means that it is more likely to fit your vision. Whether you would like a natural frame or vintage frame,  we can help you create the ideal picture frame. 3. Long-term investment Investing in high-quality custom frames is a smart decision for the long term. You could spend £30 on a picture frame in a shop, but this is more than likely going to need replacing in the short-term due to damage or general wear and tear. Whereas, our frames are built to last, offering durability and longevity that outshine mass-produced alternatives. When you choose Picture Frames Direct, you’re making an investment in your treasured artwork. Many of our customers are framing items that have a high personal value that they hope to stay in the family for years. Our custom frames protect your artwork, ensuring it remains in excellent condition to be passed down in future years. Choosing a custom frame is an investment for your home. We have years of experience in frames and art, so you can rest assured that all of our designs are well thought out, so will be a good fit for your space. The quality we provide is unmatched, and we can guarantee that they are not going to fall apart after a few months, helping to increase the value of your art. This could be important if you were ever thinking of selling your artwork in the future. 4. There are more options You won’t have to settle with a custom frame. There are endless options to suit everyone’s taste. Whether you are going for a more natural oak picture frame or want a more vibrant feel with a modern picture frame, we can provide you with a finish that you won’t be disappointed with. Everyone’s frame is unique. Whether it is a poster, fine art, painting or photograph, we can help you produce a frame which is fitting to your every need. This is what makes high quality custom frames so different from ones you will find in your nearby shop. From start to finish, you can have a piece of mind that we will provide an individuality and adaptability which you can’t find elsewhere. 5. They make a great gift idea Custom frames are a great way to provide a thoughtful gift to your loved one. Putting in the extra time to make a frame which matches their style will give the gift a special touch. You won’t be able to find a similar personalised feel with something that is ready-made. Why choose our High-Quality Picture Frames? Bespoke frames are of a superior quality compared to regular frames, for many reasons: they last longer, are more tailored to your needs and there are many more options available. At Picture Frames Direct, we have 25 years of expertise, so you can trust us to deliver a high-quality custom frame. We have well-thought-out materials which we use, hand-picked to ensure the highest of quality. We can produce a personalised piece which will fit perfectly into your home or would make a perfect gift. We have made designing your custom frame a breeze. Our easy-to-use online frame builder tool guides you through the process step by step, allowing you to choose the ideal frame style, materials, and dimensions from the comfort of your home. Creating your custom frame is as simple as selecting your preferences and entering measurements. Our intuitive tool ensures that you get the perfect frame for your artwork or photos every time. High-quality custom frames have many benefits, and we can hand-craft a special bespoke picture frame for you. If you have any questions about the design process, or our services in general, do not hesitate to contact our expert team and we would be more than happy to help. Available Sizes Here at Picture Frames Direct, we provide an extensive range of high-quality, made-to-measure picture frames in various styles and sizes, all at affordable prices. For a more distinctive design, we also offer a bespoke frame builder and mount builder. See our list below for more details. A1 Picture Frames841mm x 594mmA1 Photo FramesA2 Picture Frames 594mm x 420mmA2 Photo FramesA3 Picture Frames420mm x 297mmA3 Photo Frames A4 Picture Frames 297mm x 210mmA4 Photo Frames [...] Read more...
Photo by Kam Idris on Unsplash Sharing a photo of one of your treasured memories can be a beautiful moment in someone’s life. But to complement the picture, you’ll need a Made to Measure Picture Frame that fits perfectly. Initially, the task may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Our ultimate guide will help you through the process of selecting the ideal picture frame for your precious memories. Why Choose a Custom made Picture Frame? Custom made picture frames offer the best benefit of being fully customisable to your preference, allowing you to create a unique and personalised frame for your cherished memories. When you opt for custom made picture frames, you have the advantage of personalising the frame according to your liking. This way, you can create a unique and personalised frame that perfectly matches the ongoing theme of your house. Here at Picture Frames Direct, all our frames are hand-made right in our own workshops using the highest quality materials. We have a Frame Builder tool that includes a wide range of colours and materials that can help you decide on the frame that suits you. With an extensive range of picture frames, you can be sure you will find the perfect custom picture frame for your home rather than a store bought frame. How to Choose your Custom Frame? Before we begin the process of creating your custom frame, it’s important that we gather some important details to ensure it meets your needs perfectly. Firstly, you will need to determine a budget for the frame. Custom frames can vary in price, so the price will change depending on the quality of the material you want. Luckily on our Frame Builder, any changes you make will adjust the price in real-time. This should give you an idea of what you will be getting from us, and in return ease the process of picking a frame suited for you.  Once the budget is arranged then we can start to look at frames. Before selecting a frame, it is essential to consider the item that will be placed inside the frame. On our Site, you have the option to upload your images to visualise the finished product on screen before you order. When choosing a frame, we would need to take in consideration the colours and style of the picture. This is because we don’t want the picture and the frame to compete for attention. They both need to complement each other. Measuring the Artwork Our next step is to measure the picture accurately in order to create a frame that fits perfectly. To do this you will need to measure the width and height and the photo you would like to frame. On our Frame Builder site you can input the measurements in MM, CM or INCH. All our frames are hand-made in our workshops, so with the measurements we can accurately design them to fit. The secret to the perfect fit is to take into consideration that the frame is slightly larger than the picture. Most frames have a 4MM overlap so this would need to be taken into consideration when measuring. However that won’t be an issue on our Frame Builder, as we have an overlap option. If you have entered the exact sizes that you want the openings to be, but you haven’t taken the overlap into consideration then you can tick the overlap box.We will adjust the frame for you so your photo fits perfectly. The same rule would also apply when customising your Picture Mounts. Choosing a Custom Picture Mount Picture mounts are an important decision when choosing a custom frame. A picture mount not only prevents the artwork from touching the glass, but it also helps the image stand out by creating a visual space between the subject matter and the frame. So having a mount can protect your artwork and it achieves this by acting as a shield from the glass. Without having a mount in place, your artwork can stick to the glass and therefore ruin the artwork. If a frame does not have a mount, it can allow dust and condensation to enter the frame, potentially ruining the image. Using a mount can enhance the visual appeal of both the frame and the artwork by adding contrast. An example of this would be if you have a Black and White photo, you would want to use a more neutral colour like black, white or grey to enhance it. Whereas, if you had a more modern photo, you can then have a brighter colour like red, which could add some warmth to the photo. Looking for a frame for a special occasion or as a gift? Then we have the perfect solution. You have the option to add a special message on our picture mounts by using the text feature. You can move the text to your desired location for the final touch-up. Including a message in the mount of an image can enhance the overall picture and make for a thoughtful gift. Choosing the Frame Material When choosing the material for your frame, it’s important to consider the overall style and aesthetic you’re going for. Our frames come in a wide range of materials including ranges from Pine Base all the way to Meranti Wood. It would be important to keep in mind that the frame should match the ongoing theme in the room where the picture will go. To create a cohesive look, try matching the frame colour with the colour of your furniture or appliances in your house. Another example would be matching the material with neutral colours in the house. For more ideas about matching picture frames to your décor, check out this blog post. Glazing Finally, let’s consider the type of glass you prefer for displaying your images. Although it may be overlooked, the right glass choice can have a significant impact depending on where the image is being displayed. For example, if the photo is displayed on a window ledge, then we have an option anti reflective perspex. This helps to reduce the glare and improves the visibility of the artwork. It will also make it more resistant to scratches and UV damage. As we are aware, accidents can happen, so another option would be a thicker shatterproof glazing for the frame. This would be a good option if the photo is displayed around children or pets. The reason for this would be it increases safety during unexpected events, by holding the shards of glass in place to prevent it from shattering. A thicker shatterproof glass is also more resistant to scratches and UV damage. All that’s left to do now is to hang it up when it arrives. We can assist in this as we also have hanging hooks and kits available, just add them to your order and they will arrive with the frame. Summary Choosing the right picture frame is a crucial decision that can affect the overall look and feel of the artwork. It’s important to consider various aspects such as the size, frame style, colour, picture mount, and material of the frame to ensure that it complements the artwork and the room it will be displayed in. By carefully selecting each component, you can create a Custom Frame that perfectly showcases your artwork and enhances the overall aesthetic appeal. You also need to consider the mount, the backing, the glazing, and the hanging options of the frame. These elements can help to protect the piece from damage or fading while also enhancing its overall appearance. Creating the perfect picture frame is a matter of personal taste, and it is worth taking the time and effort to get it right. If you have any questions about our collections, then Contact our Expert Team and we will help you create the perfect setting for your item. Available Sizes Here at Picture Frames Direct, we provide an extensive range of high-quality, made-to-measure picture frames in various styles and sizes, all at affordable prices. For a more distinctive design, we also offer a bespoke frame builder and mount builder. See our list below for more details. A1 Picture Frames841mm x 594mmA1 Photo FramesA2 Picture Frames 594mm x 420mmA2 Photo FramesA3 Picture Frames420mm x 297mmA3 Photo Frames A4 Picture Frames 297mm x 210mmA4 Photo Frames [...] Read more...
Photo by Kam Idris on Unsplash There are many things you can do to make your house feel like home. It’s about creating a space that reflects your personality, preferences, and makes you feel comfortable and at ease. The furniture, lighting, colour palette, and style of fixtures and fittings can say a lot about the personality and preferences of a person. No matter what look you are going for, you can take your interior design to the next level by paying attention to the smaller details.  Often, it’s a simple idea that makes all the difference to a room.  A simple idea like matching the colour of a lampshade with the colour of a pillow can be just the type of attention to detail that makes a room feel well thought out. Stylish, yet subtle. Another simple but very effective way to achieve this is with well-placed picture frames showcasing well chosen artwork, and matching the colour of the frames with other elements of the room. Here are some ways you can think about the role a Custom Picture Frame can play in achieving a thoughtfully designed and personalised interior. Furniture The easiest way to match your frames with the theme, is to let your furniture take the spotlight. If you are looking to add some picture frames to your living room, you may want to have to choose a colour and style that matches with your sofa, coffee table, or a bookshelf. For example, if you had a grey sofa then maybe one of our selections of Grey Frames would be the perfect option for you. It doesn’t just stop with colours either, you can look at matching styles of furniture with your frames. When you are looking to style out your dining room in a way you can match the frames to the dining room table. One of the options you can look at is the material your table is made of. For example, if your dining room table is made from Oak, then looking at our Oak Frames selection would complete your room. This process can be completed the same way with other pieces of furniture in your house such as soft furnishings. They can vary from curtains and sofa pillows. Appliances When you are looking to add picture framesto your kitchen, it may seem like a difficult task, compared to the other rooms in the house. But it doesn’t have to be that way, one of the best ways to have the frames match the rooms, is to match them with your appliances. You are free to do this the way we explained before, by matching the colours and materials, or you can try matching neutral colours to different material types. For example, if your appliances in the house are black or white, then you may find a product from our Modern Frame selection fits in well. Neutral Colours tend to work well with Modern Designs, therefore enhancing the overall aesthetics of the room. Paint or wallpaper A factor to think about when adding a picture frame to the room and matching the theme, would be looking at the current paint or wallpaper you have up in that room. There would be no reason to change the current decor in the room when selecting your picture frames. If the room that required the frame had Pink or Red walls, this can be seen as a warm colour. So something that would complement a warm room nicely would be a Traditional Frame that can be found in our collection. Summary By following these tips for choosing a frame to decorate your room, you can make it unique and eye-catching compared to others. When choosing your frame, it is important to keep in mind that matching by colour is crucial if there is a colour theme already present in the room. It would also be a great idea to match the frame with the current wallpaper in your home, this will create a coherent style in the room. Another thing to consider would be, If you have multiple pieces of furniture or appliances with the same material, then you can try matching them together. This can be a great way to bring the room together and create a cohesive look. Finally, connecting neutral colours to materials such as wood is an excellent choice that homeowners often overlook. The pictures we capture serve as a reminder of the moments we shared. They hold a significant place in our hearts. The perfect photo needs a perfect frame to complement it, we have you covered with our range of Hand made Bespoke Picture Frames. If you have any questions about our collections, then Contact our Expert Team and we will help you create the perfect setting for your item. Available Sizes Here at Picture Frames Direct, we provide an extensive range of high-quality, made-to-measure picture frames in various styles and sizes, all at affordable prices. For a more distinctive design, we also offer a bespoke frame builder and mount builder. See our list below for more details. A1 Picture Frames841mm x 594mmA1 Photo FramesA2 Picture Frames 594mm x 420mmA2 Photo FramesA3 Picture Frames420mm x 297mmA3 Photo Frames A4 Picture Frames 297mm x 210mmA4 Photo Frames [...] Read more...
When it comes to preserving valuable artwork, using the right type of frame can make all the difference. Custom picture frames are designed specifically to fit the artwork being framed, and they offer numerous benefits over standard frames. In this article, we will explore why it’s important to use custom frames for preserving paintings, prints, and photographs, as well as the potential consequences of using improper framing techniques. Custom picture frames are made-to-order frames that are tailored to fit the dimensions and thickness of the artwork being framed. They can be built with a variety of materials, finishes, and styles, and are handmade to exact dimensions.  This makes them ideal for preserving artwork that may not be a standard size or something in an irregular shape Standard frames, on the other hand, are mass-produced in standard sizes. The benefits of using custom frames for preserving artworkArtwork can be delicate and vulnerable to environmental factors that can cause deterioration over time. One way to help protect and preserve artwork is by using custom picture frames.   One of the primary benefits of using custom frames for preserving artwork is the protection they provide from environmental factors that can damage artwork over time. Custom frames can be fitted with archival-quality materials, such as acid-free mats and UV-blocking glazing, to further protect the artwork from fading, discoloration, or other types of deterioration. UV light, for example, can cause colours to fade and papers to yellow over time. By using UV-blocking glazing, custom frames can reduce the amount of UV light that reaches the artwork and slow down the process of fading. Custom frames can also help protect artwork from dust and moisture. Dust can accumulate on the surface of artwork, and if left unchecked, it can cause the artwork to become discoloured or stained. Moisture can cause paper-based artwork to warp or buckle, and can also promote the growth of mold and other types of fungi. By using custom frames that fit snugly around the artwork and are sealed properly, you can help keep dust and moisture out and keep your artwork looking its best Custom frames can also enhance the presentation and aesthetics of different types of artwork. They can be designed to complement the style, colours, and texture of the artwork, helping to draw the viewer’s attention to the artwork itself. For instance, a minimalist frame may work well for a contemporary painting, while an ornate, gilded frame may be more appropriate for a classical portrait. Using the wrong product for artwork preservation can have serious consequences. When it comes to framing artwork, using the wrong products can have serious consequences, particularly if the item being framed has sentimental or monetary value. The frame serves not only as a display for the artwork, but also as a protective layer that shields it from environmental factors such as light, humidity, and dust. Using the wrong materials can cause irreversible damage to the artwork, potentially leading to loss of value or even complete destruction. For example, the wrong choice of mounting board or backing can cause the artwork to discolour or become brittle over time. Similarly, frames that are too small or too tight can cause the artwork to warp or bend.  Exposure to light, humidity, or dust can accelerate the deterioration of the artwork.The primary purpose of a frame is to protect the artwork from environmental factors that can cause damage over time. Light, humidity, and dust can all cause significant harm to artwork if not properly protected. Overexposure to light can cause fading and discoloration, while high levels of humidity can lead to warping, mould growth, and other types of damage. Dust and debris can also accumulate over time and cause the artwork to become dirty or even stained. Another consequence of using the wrong materials for framing is that it can make it difficult or even impossible to repair any damage that does occur. The artwork can get stuck to the mount or backing making it difficult to remove without causing further damage. In some cases, the damage may be so severe that it cannot be repaired at all, resulting in the loss of the artwork. To minimise the risk of damage to valuable or sentimental artwork, preservation framing is the preferred method. This involves the use of high-quality materials and techniques, such as acid-free mats, UV-blocking glazing, and reversible mounting techniques. In conclusion, custom picture frames are an excellent choice for preserving paintings, prints, and photographs. They provide added protection against environmental factors that can damage artwork, while also enhancing the presentation and aesthetics of the artwork. Using improper frames for artwork preservation can have serious consequences, which is why it’s important to choose preservation framing techniques that prioritise the protection and longevity of valuable or sentimental artwork. [...] Read more...
Simplify the ordering process for popular picture frame sizes, still with full customisation options. Looking for a custom picture frame? Look no further! Our online store offers easy online ordering of custom picture frames with pre-set standard sizes. We promise quick and friendly service, so you can get your custom picture frame faster and easier than ever before! Give that precious photograph or piece of art the home it deserves with a customised picture frame.  Choose the exact colour and material, including the shape and colour of the mount, to complement the item or the room you plan to hang it in.  Attention to detail at this level can really elevate the finished look and feel of a room. We know every picture is as unique as the room where it will hang, which is why we have created an online picture frame builder tool.  You can play around with all the options with the ability to preview the finished product by uploading your actual image, before finalising your made-to-measure order. Creating a picture frame design is now even easier with the addition of size categories in our Picture Frame Design tool. For example, if you’re creating a custom frame for an A4 photograph, select the A4 category. You can still adjust the dimensions later if you like.  Our website now includes preset size categories for: A1 Picture Frames841mm x 594mmA1 Photo FramesA2 Picture Frames 594mm x 420mmA2 Photo FramesA3 Picture Frames420mm x 297mmA3 Photo Frames A4 Picture Frames 297mm x 210mmA4 Photo Frames The new picture frame size categories make it easier for you to find the perfect made to measure frame. Just select your picture frame dimensions from the drop-down menu and our picture frame tool will do all of the hard work for you. If you would rather get a little more creative with your design, then you can still choose from a wide range of frames and a wide range of colours. Our frame builder will display the current frame dimensions and will adjust things according to the mount and border options you select.  You still have full control over the frame, but you don’t have to worry about the size. So whether you need an A4 frame for a certificate or an A2 picture frame for a poster or painting, we can help.  Check out our website today and get started on creating the perfect custom picture frame for your home. They really add that special touch to any homeowner’s interior!  Plus, we promise that your custom frame will be of the highest quality. We know how important it is to have a frame that looks great and lasts long. Don’t hesitate to order your custom picture frame today! [...] Read more...
Want to buy a custom picture frame but don’t know how to begin? Don’t worry! This Custom Picture Frame Buying Guide will take the mystery out of the process – which is much easier than you might imagine. Things to Think About A bespoke picture frame is made to measure your picture, so it’s the ideal option if you want to frame something unusual, or a favourite photo you’ve cropped some unwanted edges from. There are just a few things to think about before you place your order. Value Whether it’s real-world value, sentimental value or artistic value, make sure you know what your picture is worth to you. If it’s irreplaceable, think twice before cropping any edges. For valuable items, consider a larger, more ornate frame and/or an internal mount to really show off the image in style. Size Generally speaking, a larger image needs a thicker frame, so try to choose a frame style that suits the dimensions of your picture. Remember the picture, mount and frame will add up to give the outer dimensions, with usually a few mm of frame rebate and mount overlap to subtract – if precise outer dimensions are needed, get in touch directly for advice. Materials Think about what you are framing, what it is made of, the inks or paints used, and so on. It’s unlikely these will have a major impact on your choice of frame, but it’s worth being aware if, for example, the materials used mean you cannot easily trim the image to fit. Choosing the Frame The frame itself offers a few more things to think about, and this is where the process should be fun, as you consider how different frame styles might suit your picture and the place where you intend to hang it. Frame Style There are many different frame styles to choose between, ranging from classic and ornate picture frames, to modern and minimal picture frames, and from decorative frames to ‘flat’ black frames that allow your image to really take the spotlight. Frame Thickness Again, remember to consider the thickness of the frame. A thicker frame usually suits a larger image. By choosing a different thickness, you can affect the overall size of your framed picture. Frame Colour Made to measure picture frames come in many colours, from primary colours and every main colour in the rainbow, to metallics and wood effects. Choose a frame colour that suits the image you plan to frame – brighter colours are better suited to fun family photos or for display in children’s rooms, or anywhere you want to brighten up! Choosing a Mount An optional mount can add an inner rectangle or oval to the frame, which is a popular way to enhance the impact of framed documents, portrait photographs and other important items. On a bespoke picture frame you can specify the size of mount you want, choose from the standard default overlap of 4mm on all sides, or you can choose to give an exact aperture size allowing for an overlap yourself if it is critical for your artwork/image. Hanging Pictures Safely Whether you are hanging a picture in a child’s bedroom, playroom or anywhere else, you might want to consider the safety of any young people, or even of older people for that matter. Fixings The fixings on your bespoke picture frame should be reliable and subjected to quality assurance checks – a bespoke product should, if anything, be higher quality than a standard picture frame. Reliable fixings mean you can securely hang the picture on the wall, without the risk of it falling due to a flaw in the frame itself. Shatterproof Just in case, it’s sensible to choose a frame with Perspex or acrylic ‘glazing’ rather than glass. You can even order a frame with no glazing at all, just MDF backing board, if for example you want to frame a picture with 3D elements, or an actual physical object. Protective Film Your Perspex or acrylic sheet will normally be supplied with its protective films still attached, to prevent any minor scuffs, scrapes or scratches during delivery. Make sure you remove these at the appropriate times during framing and hanging your picture – don’t hang it with the protective film still on the inner face of the Perspex! Choosing Your Dimensions Last, but by no means least, make sure you choose one set of units or dimensions for your measurements, and stick to that unit throughout the design process to keep it simple. You can choose between inches, cm and mm, so pick whichever feels most familiar, or which you think you can measure most accurately, and make sure when ordering your frame that you have selected the same units – or your frame might be 2.5 times bigger or smaller than intended! With just some common-sense precautions like this, and a bit of forethought about the best bespoke picture frame for the image, artwork, photograph or 3D item you want to frame, you can sail through the design process and soon have your picture in pride of place on the wall. [...] Read more...

 

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