How to choose a white picture frame with a difference

Written by chris pink on March 13, 2015 in Picture Framing

If we said to you “what springs to mind when you think about white picture frames?” you might have a vision of a frame that melts in to the background, pure white and very simple.

Well, while it’s true that white frames don’t come in quite as many varieties as dark, gold and pewter frames, it’s also surprising what you can find when you delve a little deeper.

Here’s our guide to what’s on offer and what each style will do for your art-work or photo…

That old favourite, classic white

The one that works well on prints, baby photos and, to be honest, virtually anything (especially black & white).

Classic white frames are hugely popular with print-making artists, because they don’t distract and allow the viewer’s full concentration to be on the art-work within the frame. These are usually box or square frames, and it’s popular to have them deep enough that the image literally pops off the wall.


We’ve covered liming wax in this blog before, and there’s no reason not to revisit this finish if you like the look of a frame that allows the wood’s texture to show through. True hand-finished limed frames are sometimes more expensive than others, due to the physical work that goes in to creating the look and rubbing the wax in.

Painted & polished

Similar to the classic white frames we first mentioned in this blog, painted and polished white frames have always proved popular. If the lighting is right, these frames look lovely as they glimmer in a hall-way or high up on a wall.

Off-white colours to liven things up

Want white but fancy a change? Enter off-white frames, which are available in cream, egg-shell, and all kinds of types with a hint of colour. This is a great approach if you need to match furniture, or just want frames that won’t be as stark and bold as otherwise.

Why not add a bit of texture to proceedings?

White may at times seem a bit dull, but choosing a frame with texture will change all that. The contours will add shape and dimension, and the result will be a frame that adds just enough interest without taking over.

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