Frames and framing: general information

Helping you get the best out of our fine-art prints...
Natural beech wood, 19mm wide
14mm black-lacquered, cushion-
shaped wood (ref: MDLA331)
20mm flat white wood with paint
finish (ref: MDLA511)
23mm flat wood with paint finish
(ref: MDLA764)
Deep, 18mm
shaped, stain finish (ref: MDLA233)
23mm maroon, flat-profiled pine
moulding with paint finish
(ref: MDLA759)
29mm wide flat-shaped dark
walnut coloured stain finish
(ref: MDLA284)
15mm black flat-profiled wood with
gold inner edge and paint finish
(ref: MDLA385)
If you are framing one of our prints in our lovely deep           mountboard, please be aware  that you will need a frame moulding with a rebate (this bit      ) of at least 9mm to accom- modate the mount and its acid-free backing, the glass and the backing of the frame itself.
Whilst Picturesonline are not framers, we do have an interest in helping you find the right frame for your pictures, especially when, with exquisite taste, you have purchased them from us. There are three options for you that prevail here: 1. the print size and shape, will, where possible, conform to a standard off-the-shelf frame from the likes of Ikea or The Range, or any of a dozen good on-line framing shops; 2. we can recommend a Fine Art Trade Guild member in your area (see under Links) who will help you with mount and frame, or 3. you can refer to our examples of frame mouldings below, each of which can be purchased online to your exact dimensions. These come from the extensive range of mouldings from, whom we have used successfully in the past for our own frames.

Framing can be a bit of a black art, and often depends on whether you want the finished picture to be ‘comfortable’ within your existing decor or whether it is the picture itself that is paramount so that the frame should ‘work’ with the picture. We have included a digital example of  each image in a suggested frame on most individual picture pages. In general, avoid elaborate frames, ‘swept’ (eg. Victorian-style embossed or guilded) frames, and anything that draws more attention to the frame than the picture. Unlike oil paintings and watercolours, photographs are often best suited to a plain black, white, wood or metal frame, or even no frame at all.

If you like a coloured frame, photographs respond well to a frame style that matches, in colour, some part of the image, not necessarily a dominant colour but not a complimentary colour either. For instance, a picture that has a large component of blue, for instance, would not normally ‘work’ in a reddish frame. As stated above, we tend to feel that photographs, either black and white or in colour, look best in either black frames (and tending to a thin bezel rather than thick), or in a classic wood such as oak or beech.  
Below are some frame moulding that we feel work particularly well with photographic pictures.  These moulding images (not to scale) have been supplied by kind permission of (mouse-over or tap each moulding for a typical example of its use):
Suffolk     Britain     World     B&W     Abstract     Locomotives