Vintage Picture Frames

Vintage Style Picture Frames Made to Measure

Some people assume a Vintage Picture Frame is for classic or period pieces, and it is true that this style of picture looks fabulous in a vintage frame: the gravitas of a vintage frame suits pieces like these perfectly. But this is not a hard and fast rule, and modern, contemporary artwork (including photography) can look stunning in a Vintage Style Picture Frame. In fact, the contrast between a classic, traditional frame and a vibrant modern picture can often create an even more powerful impact.

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Some Inspiration for Your Vintage Picture Frames

The timeless, almost magical beauty of a Vintage Picture Frame means that they are equally at home in a sleek contemporary flat and a rustic farmhouse. And don’t assume that a vintage frame is only suitable for larger pieces – smaller pictures can equally demand the grandeur and effortless style of a retro frame. With our frame builder, you can design your frame to your exact requirements, so no picture is too big or too small.

Whatever the style or size of your picture, there are some things which are worth keeping in mind when considering this style of frame:

  • Location – vintage picture frames tend to have more impact in rooms designed for relaxation, as opposed to more functional, hard spaces like kitchens and bathrooms. A vintage picture frame is perfect as a conversational centrepiece in your lounge, reception room or sitting room, immediately creating an elevated sense of style and glamour.
  • Impact level – vintage picture frames make a statement. You need to consider the artwork you are showcasing and ensure that the frame does not upstage it: the impact level of the art should be at least the same as the frame.

We understand how important a piece of art worthy of a Retro Picture Frame is, and we are committed to providing the finest service possible. We can do this because we remain a family-owned and run business, combining our 30 years of picture framing experience with state-of-the-art equipment and processes to craft bespoke, hand-made frames in our own Manchester and Lancashire workshops.

While exploring our vintage collection, you’ll find an exciting juxtaposition with our Antique Style Picture Frames. These frames are designed to mimic the grandeur and intricate detail of genuine antique pieces, creating an old-world, historical vibe. Yet, they are crafted with the same devotion to quality and attention to detail as all our offerings.

An Antique-Style Picture Frame offers a classic touch to your photos or artwork, bringing a sense of history to your decor. These frames are carefully designed to resemble the style of older periods, often featuring decorative designs, subtle carvings, and charming details. The goal is to capture the beauty and distinct feel of past times, lending a touch of elegance to whatever they encase.

Our picture frame builder tool gives you control of the design phase, and we will be available at every stage to answer any questions that arise.

Your custom picture frame will then be hand-crafted to your exact specifications and securely packaged and delivered to you, ensuring that the frame you hang on your wall is precisely the vision you had in your head.

Vintage photo frames and vintage picture frames are a popular trend this year, helping to create that ‘shabby chic’ style that embraces a worn look that feels cosy, comfortable, vintage, yet effortless.

Our Vintage Picture Frames are available in over 20 styles, and each custom frame is made by hand by our experienced team to produce a high quality original piece ready for your home, office or studio.  We’ll help you to design a bespoke, made to measure frame to complete your image and display it beautifully for years to come.

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


Based on 55 reviews
H Al-Rekabi
H Al-Rekabi
Fantastic clean details. Much appreciated
D Harrison
D Harrison
Thoroughly impressed with the options available, price, delivery and the quality of the frame. Many thanks!
Stephen Kent
Stephen Kent
This company's products and customer service was excellent. I had a bespoke frame made for a large vintage print and it fitted perfectly. The printing of the title on the mount was an added bonus!
Anne Willmott
Anne Willmott
This company is quite the best value anywhere. Beautifully framed with all measurements perfect. I'd use no other!
Bonnie MacBird
Bonnie MacBird
Excellent selection and service. Pricing is competitive and I’m very pleased with the results.
Chris Taffs
Chris Taffs
Great service. Really helpful when I had a we question about my order. Highly recommended.
John Elliott
John Elliott
Frame is absolutely spot on. Really secure packaging too.
Rocket Creative
Rocket Creative
Absolutely superb service and advice, from my first contact with Roger he was helpful, polite and a great understanding of my thoughts and needs. As a freelance illustrator I always use independents to supply / work with. Picture Frames Direct are excellent.
Simon Nelson
Simon Nelson
Produced as requested and delivered when expected in excellent packaging.
lauma kazusa
lauma kazusa
Fantastic service and quality! Ordered a bespoke oak frame. Not only it fits the picture perfectly, the frame smells of wood that I love.

‘Vintage’ refers to something high-quality produced in the past.  A true vintage piece would be more than 50 years old.  Of course, all of our made to measure vintage style picture frames are brand new!

All kinds of images, from photos to oil paintings, look good in a vintage frame, but one idea you might not have thought is to put a mirror in a vintage or retro style frame.  In the right room, it can make a real impact.

Vintage picture frames are old frames that were made in the past, usually before the mid-20th century. They come in a variety of sizes, styles, colours, and materials, and they can be made of wood, metal, plastic, or other materials. Vintage frames can be ornate, elaborate, and decorative, or they can be simple, plain, and minimal. They can be gilded, painted, carved, or embossed, and they can be embellished with details, patterns, and motifs that reflect the fashion, the culture, and the history of the time. Vintage frames can be used to frame antique prints, vintage photos, or modern artwork, and they can add a sense of nostalgia, charm, and authenticity to the piece. Vintage frames can be found at antique shops, flea markets, and online stores, and they can be restored, repaired, or repurposed by professional conservators or DIY enthusiasts. Vintage frames can also be collected, admired, and displayed as decorative objects or as historical artefacts.

Of course, all of our made to measure vintage style picture frames are brand new!

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