5 Surprisingly Cheap Custom Picture Frames

With the largest online catalogue in picture frames, you can always find a deal in our store. At the same time, the best deals can be hard to find. To help you get a head start and discover some of the best deals in our store, this blog post lists 5 surprisingly cheap custom picture frames.

Once you take a better look, however, you’ll see there’s nothing cheap about these picture frames. The quality for these frames is the same unparalleled quality as you’ll find with each of our other products. The listed price for these is based on the base price. Extras like a mat, a  bigger size and plexiglass will add to that, but not take away anything from the steal these picture frames are.

Also read: Our 5 Most Popular Wooden Frames

1. White Bead Lip Valucore

Picture Frame 1.625 inch ValuCore White Bead LipMaybe this Valucore frame is technically cheating. All of our Valucore frames are set at a great price/quality point, giving you great frames for less. Using recycled materials, these frames can mimic the most luxurious-looking picture frames for a fraction of the price. It’s a win-win, and this White Bead Lip Valucore may be the best example of that. First of all, it looks like an expensive frame you dug up from an antique store in a quaint downtown area. It just magically happened to fit your picture or artwork perfectly. In truth, you bought it to match your centerpiece and had it cut to size for a great price.

2. Shiny Silver Metal Frame

Picture Frame Shiny SIlver Metal It’s not just our Valucore frames that pack great deals. In our more traditional categories (metal and wood), you can also find yourself a great deal. This Shiny Silver frame is a prime example of a metal frame that makes an irresistible deal. With a base price of just $9 for a 10″ x 10″ frame, you get a sleek frame that adds a modern look to any environment. The custom cut and metal materials make sure it fits any wall just right for decades to come.

3. Navy Shaker Style

Picture Frame Shaker Style wooden custom picture frame in navy blueArguably the biggest surprise in this entire blog post, this Navy Shaker Style picture frame with beveled edges makes quite an entry in any situation. The thick 1.25″ frame with its bold color can be the perfect addition to any room. Combined with a good picture or piece or art, this picture frame will not just capture attention, but keep it, too. Use the bold color to contrast or complement a room, and enjoy this wooden picture frame at a great price.

4. Snowball White on Ash

Woode cumstom wooden picture frame made from ash wood with a snowball white finishThis simple wooden frame has a lot to offer: the wood is clearly visible through the white wash, and the ash wood material are durable and give a nice light texture. Our Snowball White on Ash frame gives you a classy and versatile look for a great price. This is one of the frames that will work with a wide variety of pictures or pieces of art; especially bright colors will shine in this frame.

5. 1″ Flat Top Black

Woode cumstom wooden picture frame in 1 inch black with a flat topThis last frame shows that not only special frames can make a great deal. Our wooden 1″ flat top black frame is a classic in all regards. It looks solid, is made of wood, and the 1″ black framing materials helps frame absolutely everything. For a great basic frame, you’ll find that this wooden flat top black frame has everything you need for a great price.

Our 3 Favorite Blog Posts in January

Each workday, we share a blog post on our Facebook page about something that appeals to us and our audience. Whether it’s photography, the visual arts, or home décor, you can find the internet’s most interesting content right on our Facebook page. At the end of every month, we take a look at that month’s greatest hit and list them in a blog post just like this. For January, that means you’ll find 365 pictures, 7 tips on how to paint seascapes, and one very quirky house in Texas.

Photography:

There are plenty of people who shoot a picture every day, and their results are always interesting. Not that many people shoot a picture a day with an old camera in terrible shape, and only enough old-fashioned film to shoot 372 pictures (“one for each day and a week of wiggle room”). The result isn’t just in pictures, it’s an essay on savoring the moment, on watching live unfold in tales untold because that day’s shot had already been taken. The post is long, but halfway through, you’ll wish for a year’s worth of film, a horrible camera, and the writer’s outlook on live.

Visual Arts:

Throughout history and all the different art movements, the sea has been a constant theme. The draw of the ocean for artists will probably never cease, even though painting seascapes can be challenging. In this blog post, you’ll find seven different tips that will help you with your seascape painting.

Home décor:

All houses have a soul. Some houses have a soul that’s conforming and doesn’t ruffle any feathers. And then there’s this house in Austin, Texas. Although the first pictures aren’t quite impressive, the rest make up for that. And you have never seen a house get their picture frames as right as this one.

Also read: Our 3 Favorite Blog Posts in December

5 White Picture Frames That Go Beyond White

Some of our most popular picture frames include white picture frames. A white picture frame is classy and versatile, so it can be used in a lot of different situations. By combining white picture frames with a custom mat, you can even balance the basic white with a more exciting color or accent. These five white picture frames are nothing but ordinary. While they’re all white frames, they each have something that sets them apart from normal white frames. Any of these five picture frames will give your space a unique feel, while keeping the classy and versatile nature of white frames.

Looking for a white frame for your wedding pictures? We dedicated a blog post to five perfect wedding picture frames.

1. White Bead Lip

Picture Frame 1.625 inch ValuCore White Bead LipThis rustic-looking frame is one of our Valucore picture frames. These frames are made from reused materials that offer a great look and flexibility at a sharp price. While a frame this thick is often used for larger pictures, it can be made to fit any piece of art or any picture you have in mind. The details on the frame help create a feeling of ruggedness and age. Those characteristics make it perfect for more classic artwork or a black and white picture.

2. Bone Scooped White Frame

Frame 20123 2.5 inch Wood White Bone ScoopedThis eye-catching frame has a number of unique characteristics that could elevate your framed picture from decoration to centerpiece. The texture, shade, and wooden materials make this frame a one-of-a-kind. It is perfect to mix up the classic feel of a white frame. It’s not just off-white, it’s a little rough around the edges. While this isn’t a save choice that works for everyone, it can be a bold statement that works perfect when picked for the right occasion.

3. Snowflake High Gloss Ornate

Frame 2044 3 inch Wood Snowflake High Gloss OrnateThis 3″ frame is one of the thickest frames out there, and the width is fully used by these ornate ‘snowflake-style’ carvings. While the frame has a darker hue of white, it has the same classic feel as a normal white frame. The bold presence of this frame means that it’s best reserved for an even bolder piece of art.

4. Ivory With Moss Silver Molten Series

this ivory frame makes a great wedding picture frameThis ivory-colored frame adds a creative spin to an off-white picture frame, making it a creative and adventurous choice for any piece of art or photograph. The 2.5″ wood frame isn’t just sturdy and thick. It also has more depth than you’ll find in any other frame, both literally and in the way the different tones pop out the longer you look at it.

5. Metal Smokey Marble

Like the Snowflake frame on spot #3, this metal frame is a darker shade of white. Aside from the tone, the first thing that stands out is the unique marble pattern. Combined with the metal, this creates a dynamic that serves as a subtle undertone for the piece on display. At the same time, this frame is eye-catching in its own right (especially combined with a sizable mat).

10 Truly Inspirational Photography Quotes

photography quote about the soul by Jean-Luc Godard
“When you photograph a face, you photograph the soul behind it.” – Jean-Luc Godard
photography quote by Diane Arbus
“I never took a photo that I intended. They’re always better or worse.” – Diane Arbus
photography quote about self by Ernst Haas
“There’s only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”
photography quote about looking dumb by Abraham Lincoln
“There are no bad pictures, that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”
photography quote about interesting stuff by Jim Richardson
“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.”
photography quote about interesting stuff by Jim Richardson
“In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.” – August Sander
photography quote about photographing what you love by Tim Walker
“Only photograph what you love.” – Tim Walker
photography quote about photographing what you love by Annie Leibovitz
“A thing you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” – Annie Leibovitz
photography quote about street photography by Bruce Gilder
“If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it is a stress photograph.” – Bruce Gilder
photography quote by Roger Kingston
“A camera is a ‘save’ button for the mind’s eye.” – Roger Kingston

 

Our 3 Favorite Blog Posts in December

On our Facebook page, we share a whole lot of interesting ideas and pictures. Custom picture frames aren’t just a structure that holds what’s important. They create a gateway to art, photography, making your house look great, and paying attention to detail. And that’s why our Facebook page brings all these things to you as well. At the end of every month, we take the most popular of those posts and highlight the posts in each category that got the most reaction. For December, that means a weekly photo challenge, a remodeled ranch house, and discovering all about the expressionist art movement.

Photography:

When you’re a photographer (either professional or in your spare time), there’s a good chance Christmas time includes some photography-related gifts. If you did find yourself with a few new gadgets, this 52-week challenge from PetaPixel is perfect to finetune your skills. It’s the fourth year that a challenge like that has been posted. If you’re new this year, consider it the perfect way to regularly take your camera outside of your comfort zone.

Home décor:

One of the most inspiring home décor projects is when an entire house gets upgraded. In this article from Apartment Therapy, featured on our Facebook page, you can see the stunning results of how a neglected ranch house was turned into a DIY’er’s wildest dreams. The pictures are amazing, and seeing the end result of this blogger’s journey is absolutely inspiring.

Visual arts:

Different art movements convey different ideas. Throughout history, art movements have made a big difference in how we see the world. In turn, these movements have an impact on how we see art. In art, knowledge and appreciation often go hand in hand, and Dan Scott over at DrawPaintAcademy does an amazing job unraveling the ideas behind the Expressionist art movement in this blog post.

Also read: Our 3 Favorite Blog Posts in November

Our 5 most popular oak wood picture frames

Wooden picture frames are very popular. The timeless appeal to these frames and the ease with which they blend into most interiors makes them a staple through decades. When it comes to classy woods, oak has a special place among the different woods. This stately hardwood takes a long time to grow and has as much a majesty in the form of wooden boards as a stately oak does in a meadow. In this blog post, we have assembled our five most popular oak wood picture frames. We hope it helps you find your perfect picture frame, and please note that all these entries below are also custom picture frames that will fit any project.

Also read: our 4 most popular metal picture frames

#1: Dark Oak High Back7-8 inch Dark Oak High Back picture frame

This very classic frame leaves no doubt on what kind of frame this is. The wood character of this oak frame isn’t only visible in the color, but also in the visible texture of the characteristically open grooves in the wood. The classic nature and blatant wood character of this frame make it a likely candidate for most popular among the oak wood picture frames.

#2: Oak Honey Color

In this frame we also see the grooves and wood that make classic oak wood picture frames so popular and recognizable, but in darker tones. This Oak Honey Color wood picture frame is a few shades darker and noticeably thicker than the first frame we looked at, but keeps the same timeless, classy look.

#3: Oak with Walnut Stain

Picture Frame 157a 1.75 inch Oak with Walnut Stain Rev

The third choice in our most popular oak wood custom picture frames, is this oak with walnut stain frame. What stands out about this frame isn’t just the even darker hue, but also the thick border. These elements make this frame very suitable for a big picture, such as a centerpiece painting in a room.

 

#4: Oak Round Top Honey ColorWood Picture Frame 1.75 inch Oak Round Top Honey Color

While the shades have been getting darker so far through this blog post, the number four spot is taken by the lightest frame yet. This Oak Round Top Honey Color picture frame has a medium-sized one inch frame and displays the wooden texture in a very light hue. Perfect for a lighter or more modern look than the oak with walnut stain, or for medium-sized pictures.

#5: Walnut on Oak ReversePicture Frame 1.75 inch Walnut on Oak Reverse picture frame

As the name suggests, this frame is a variation on the Oak with Walnut frame. In this reverse style, the walnut takes the spotlight. This makes a lighter frame, while the other elements from that frame are still intact. The classic look and thicker border still make this an excellent choice for bigger pieces that inevitably catch everyone’s attention.

 

 

Our 3 Favorite Blog Posts in November

Custom picture frames can be used in a lot of ways, but we generally see three types of people interested in our picture frames: photographers, lovers of the visual arts, and interior decorators of all levels. For all those people, we gather the internet’s best information on our Facebook page. The most popular posts we share, end up in each month’s highlight reel. For November, this includes a hilarious gallery of animal photos, stealing from IKEA, and learning all about different brush strokes in your paintings.

Photography:

While it’s an absolute joy to know there’s such a thing as Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, things only get better once you take a look at the pictures. This gallery of finalists was a huge hit right after Halloween, but is still worth visiting:

These are the finalists of the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, and they’re hilarious.

© Mary McGowan/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

Home décor:

IKEA (especially in the form of its yearly catalogue) is arguably the most important source of home décor inspiration for the masses. That’s why their photoshoots are statements about the near future of interior design. Statements that need an analysis from experts. From these analyses, trends are derived. By having a close look at what IKEA is doing, you’ll know what the rest of the world is going to do for Christmas. And this year, it’s surprising.

Decorating ideas worth stealing from IKEA.

Visual arts:

The more you paint, the more brushwork becomes a puzzle. You can recognize some painters by their brushwork; they seem to have mastered it all. Others struggle to find their ‘voice’ through their brushwork. In this blog post, the different aspects of brushwork are covered to help you in your journey to find your voice.

How to Effectively Use Brushwork in Your Paintings

Korovin Konstantin, Portrait Of Chaliapin, 1911

Our 3 Favorite Blog Posts in October

With our picture frames, we’re involved in a lot of areas. For example, we are interested in all things to frame and fitting the frames in your home . On our Facebook page, we gather the most interesting information from around the internet to share with our fans. Each month, we assemble the most popular posts in each category and share them on the blog. That means that for October, Vincent van Gogh pops up in a surprising category, the world’s most famous museum teaches you about art, and we find design in small spaces.

Photography:

While Vincent van Gogh is a world-famous painter, it’s not too strange to tie him to photography. Some people argue that the rise of photography in the second half of the 19th century (the time Van Gogh lived and worked) changed the art of painting. With the technology of photography, people could always take an instant image of what was in front of them. This meant that artists needed to go beyond the superficial and thus went in a more abstract direction. Like a great painting, a good photograph is the result of seeing in a different way. Van Gogh had a unique look on the world, and in this blog post, you can learn how his view can help your photography skills:

10 things Van Gogh can teach us about photography

Home décor:

A lot of home décor is working with the space you have. In the case of this small home (four people on less than 200 square feet), the arrangements can be very inspiring. And for those counting, this is one of few houses you’ll find that average a picture frame for every 50 sq ft.

A 198-Square-Foot Airstream Is a Minimal, Black and White Tiny Home for Four

Visual arts:

The Louvre is one of the world’s most famous museums. It is fair to say they know art, and with their help, you can, too. This free video course provided on the Louvre’s website gives you an introduction in different elements of art. Whether you’re a fan of sculptures or paintings, the course can help you appreciate art better. Learn about composition in a painting, the painting’s viewpoint, perspective, and the basics of sculptures in clear videos.

The Elements of Art

How to Declutter Your House With Picture Frames [InfoGraphic]

Decluttering has gained in popularity over the past decade. More and more books and blogs teach you how to go through your home and keep what you want, while getting rid of the things that are unnecessary. Getting rid of the clutter in your home has shown significant effects on your mood and stress levels, but it also makes your house looks nice. But using picture frames, you can achieve all the same things, while also adding a positive element to your home.

In the infographic below, we have lined out four ways that picture frames can help you declutter and the benefits of using a picture frame. Whether it’s getting rid of sports pictures, your old diploma, or memorabilia around a special trip you made, a picture frame is the perfect spot to keep and honor the things you don’t want to get rid off. Keep reading below the image for more information on how picture frames can help you declutter.

declutter using picture frames

Save what matters

One of the problems with decluttering is that there are some things that just don’t fit your house, but you also don’t want to throw out the window- small things you feel an emotional attachment to. Now, depending on which method you use, there are different ways to handle those things. But if you’re looking for a good way to honor the small things you feel emotionally attached to, picture frames can offer the perfect way out. By framing your most treasured memories, you can almost have your declutter cake and eat it, too.

Turn clutter into memories

Not only does framing your treasured memories give you a chance to keep the sentimental while also clearing up space, if you’re proactive about it, you can make memories count where it matters. Because what good is a great photo album if it just takes up space in your book case?

Instead of keeping memories of a trip that you one day hope to turn into a photo album, turn a picture frame into a collage-style photo album. This way, not only do you keep your most important memories intact, you also display them where you can actually see them. And if you’ve got new memories to display, you can simply reuse the same frame.

Reduce stress

Full disclosure: using picture frames doesn’t reduce more stress than using another way to declutter your home. But for people who hate throwing away meaningful things, picture frames do make decluttering a little easier.

Improve your interior

A good picture frame adds to the aesthetics of your home. A good picture frame that’s well used does that, but also adds a sense of personalizing. If you hang your important memories where you can see them, your mood might be elevated every time you see them. And when it comes to decorating your home, shouldn’t that be a leading principle?

 

Our 3 Favorite Blog Posts in September

Each day, we feature fresh content on our Facebook page that relates to everything that has to do with frames: art, home décor and photography. If you’re afraid we just talk about ourselves, don’t worry. We love to pull the best of the web in those subjects so you’ll always find someone that intrigues you.

On top of that, we feature the most popular of the articles we shared in a month and make a ‘best of’ for the month. For September, that means you have a fact-based reason why your DSLR camera is better than the camera in a smartphone, great ‘declutter’ tips for your home and the trick to shadows in your paintings and drawings. Oh, and the most popular of our own blog posts last month, because we’re pretty proud of that one, too.

Photography:

The cameras in smartphones keep getting better and better. And while you can get pretty amazing pictures with these pocket cameras, they’re never going to be at the same level of a DSLR camera. While you probably knew that at to some degree, this blog post does a great job of explaining the science behind the difference. Incidentally, it gives you a great reply when someone tries to start ‘the smartphone argument’.

‘The fact-based reply to everyone who wonders why you carry around a DSLRcamera instead of just using your smartphone’

Home décor:

No matter how well decorated your house is, clutter will take away from how your house feels. Decluttering is the technique to make sure that your house feels like a home and doesn’t add to your stress levels or a subconscious to-do list. This blog post is a very practical guide to a quick declutter you can apply once a week.

How to declutter in 20 minutes’  

Also read: How Picture Frames Help You Declutter

Visual arts:

Shadows are a technique in painting and drawing that can be tricky to get the hang of, but very rewarding. A well-executed shadow gives your painting a sense of realism by touching up details. Shadows can take your painting from “wait, something is missing” to “I wonder what makes it look so natural”. This blog post does a great job of explaining how to create realistic shadows.

The Secret to Painting Realistic Shadows in Sunlight

Our own blog:

While our picture frames are often thought of as frames for art or photos, they also make perfect poster frames. In this blog post, we’ve selected five of our frames that would make an excellent custom poster frame.

Curious about last month’s greatest hits? Click here for August!