Black Picture Frames

Black Picture Frames Made to Measure

A black picture frame is a classic, elegant, and formal statement, oozing style and sophistication, while also accentuating the beauty of the picture you are looking to showcase. Black frames are perfect for pictures containing both light and dark tones, contrasting pleasingly with the paler shades and complementing the darker features. This is why many people choose black frames for their favourite black and white photos – the effect can be dramatic and immediately eye-catching.

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Some Inspiration for Your Black Picture Frames

Black is timeless and endlessly versatile, which means that a black frame can be used for pictures from almost any genre or historical period. The black frame will showcase your piece perfectly, while creating a stylish, artistic feel to the room, providing a prestigious and authoritative tone.

You can turbo charge this effect by using a black picture frame on a dark coloured wall for a truly chic, modern look, making the picture the focus of the room while also providing a stylish, slightly edgy feel. Remember though, that the versatility of black extends to an almost infinite variety of shades and tones. This allows you to choose a black picture frame when you are looking for a more subtle, understated feel, with tints such as charcoal providing more depth and warmth, while jet black or obsidian create a dramatic, contemporary edge.

Whichever tone or shade of black you have in your vision, we will ensure that your bespoke frame perfectly serves your purpose. Use our simple online frame builder tool to design your own frame, and we will craft it ourselves in one of our two workshops (one in Manchester, one in Lancashire).

We are a family owned and run business, and we have been making high quality made to measure picture frames for over 30 years. Our experience and expertise allows us to provide expert advice, should you need it during the design phase, and also means that you can be sure that your frame will meet your exact specifications.

We only use the finest quality materials and the latest, state-of-the-art equipment to make our frames, and we don’t mass-produce anything, so we guarantee you will receive a top quality frame which you won’t see anywhere else.

Use our easy online builder to design and order a bespoke picture frame today.


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Black Picture Frame Design Ideas

Here are some examples of black picture frames with different mount sizes and colours.

This is a 29mm Flat Black Frame with grained Ayous wood and a black painted finish (product ref: 287167000).

We’ve used a single square mount in white for a clean crisp border that helps draw attention to the focal point of the artwork.

Photo by Drew Hays on Unsplash

Black picture frame with wide mount



The same black frame (product ref: 287167000) and white border work well with an oval mount in this example, which creates a softer more romantic feel.

Black picture frame with oval mount

The dual purpose of a mount is to protect the picture and create space between the frame and the image that helps to focus the eye on the subject.  If the artwork or photograph is very large, and the intention is for the eye to focus on the whole piece, there may be no needed for the added space provided by a mount.

In this example we’ve used a large image (110cm x 80cm) in the black frame without a mount.

The effect is to draw you into the location, creating the sensation that you are there, immersed in the surroundings.

Black picture frame with no mount

When a wide mount is added, it changes the perspective.  The viewer feels more like a distant observer of a location frozen in time.



Black picture frame for large picture




This example shows the 20mm Scoop Black and Silver picture frame (ref: 455167348) with a black and silver edge and foil finish with an 11mm rebate and core white 1 inch mount border on all sides.

The combination of this black frame with this black and white image makes a dramatic impact.

All of these black frame options and more can be found in our online picture frame design tool, and our team will be happy to help you make the best choices for your image if you need help.

Black silver scoop picture frame







Black picture frames offer several benefits that make them a stylish and versatile choice for showcasing your memories. First and foremost, black frames create a bold and sophisticated look that can elevate the overall aesthetic of any space. Whether you have a modern or traditional interior design style, black frames blend seamlessly and add an elegant touch.

Additionally, black frames have a unique ability to make colours pop and highlight the details in your artwork or photographs. They create a beautiful contrast, allowing the content within the frame to stand out and capture attention.

Choosing the right size of black picture frame is crucial to ensure that your artwork or photograph is showcased perfectly. Here are some tips to help you determine the appropriate size:

– Take accurate measurements: Measure the dimensions of your artwork or photograph, including the height and width. It’s important to measure the visible area, not the edges or the matting.

– Consider the scale: Think about the size of the wall where you plan to hang the framed piece. For larger walls, you may opt for a larger frame to create a statement, while smaller walls may require a more modest frame size.


– Create a balanced look: Consider the overall arrangement and symmetry of your wall display. If you are creating a gallery wall, mixing different sizes can add visual interest and create a dynamic composition.

Absolutely! Mixing black frames with other frame colours in a gallery wall can create a visually interesting and eclectic display. When combining different frame colours, it’s essential to maintain a sense of harmony and balance. You can achieve this by:

– Choosing a unifying element: Select a common thread, such as matching the matting colour or using similar artwork themes, to tie all the frames together visually.

– Playing with proportions: Experiment with different sizes and arrange the frames in a way that creates a cohesive look. Consider incorporating black frames as accent pieces to add depth and contrast to the overall composition.

Yes! Black picture frames come in various styles to suit different tastes and interior design preferences. Some popular black frame styles include:

– Modern and minimalist frames: These frames feature clean lines, sleek profiles, and a contemporary aesthetic. They work well in modern and minimalist interiors, adding a touch of sophistication and elegance.

– Vintage and ornate frames: If you prefer a more classic or traditional look, opt for black frames with intricate details, such as decorative motifs or antiqued finishes. These frames can add a touch of old-world charm and lend a sense of history to your decor.

– Slim and sleek frames: Perfect for showcasing sleek and modern artwork, slim black frames offer a minimalist touch that lets the artwork take centre stage. These frames are ideal for creating a streamlined and cohesive look.

– Custom frames: If you’re looking for something unique and personalised, consider custom black frames. This allows you to choose the exact style, size, and materials to suit your specific needs and preferences.


Maintaining the beauty of your black picture frames is essential to ensure they continue to enhance your decor for years to come. Here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining your frames:

– Dust regularly: Use a soft, lint-free cloth or a feather duster to remove dust from the frames. Dust accumulation can dull the appearance of the black finish over time.

– Avoid moisture: Moisture can damage the frame’s finish, so avoid using water or liquid cleaners directly on the frames. Instead, lightly dampen the cloth with water or a specialised frame cleaning solution, if necessary.

– Handle with care: When cleaning or moving the frames, handle them with care to avoid scratching or damaging the surface. Always use two hands to support larger frames and artwork.

Absolutely! One of the greatest advantages of black frames is their ability to complement a wide range of interior decor styles. Whether your home features modern, minimalist design or embraces a more traditional aesthetic, black frames can seamlessly integrate with any theme.

In modern decor, black frames can add a touch of sophistication and create a crisp, contemporary look. They provide a sleek and unobtrusive border, allowing the artwork or photograph to take centre stage. Black frames also help to create a cohesive and refined look when paired with other black accents or furniture pieces.

For traditional decor, black frames can offer a striking contrast against lighter walls or wallpaper. They add a timeless and elegant touch, especially when paired with classic artworks or vintage photographs. Black frames can also help to create a sense of depth and dimension, enhancing the overall impact of the artwork.

In addition to their versatility, black frames are often preferred for their ability to blend in with different colour schemes. Whether your walls are painted in bold, vibrant hues or neutral tones, black frames can easily complement and enhance the overall aesthetic.

Moreover, black frames can be made from various materials such as wood, metal, or even acrylic, providing different textures and finishes to suit any decor style. From sleek and glossy to rustic and distressed, black frames offer a wide range of options to cater to individual tastes.

Overall, black picture frames are an excellent choice for both modern and traditional decor. Their timeless appeal, versatility, and ability to seamlessly integrate with different design styles make them a popular and reliable choice for showcasing artwork or photographs in any home.


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