The Best Picture Frames

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Picture it — all of your favourite things framed and mounted on the wall or displayed on a shelf, table, or desk. We all take tons of photos, but what’s the point if we keep them on our phones or computers? Since sharing is caring — and we don’t mean digitally — one of the best ways to honour those memories is to print them up, set them in an attractive frame, and display them for everyone to see and appreciate.

Picture frames come in so many different shapes, sizes, colours, configurations, and materials, so finding one to display your art, photos, certificates, or diplomas is only limited by your imagination. Plus, a gorgeous picture frame — with or without a photo — makes a thoughtful gift for any occasion. You don’t even have to be skilled in hanging a frame; many picture frames are the easel kind that stands nicely on any surface. And if you’re the creative type, then the sky is the limit as to what you can do with a slew of different-sized frames artistically arranged on a wall or in a room.

Below, we list our recommendations of some of the best picture frames, along with what they are made of, their size, how you can use them to immortalize your memories and enhance the décor of a room, plus other bits of information to help you decide what kind of picture frame you would like to frame the moments of your life.

1. Editor's Pick: AmazonBasics Photo Picture Frame - 4" x 6", Nickel, 2-Pack

Key Specs

Size: 4" x 6"
Frame Material: Plastic

These are two picture frames that will fit into any decor. If you’re looking for picture frames that have a simple, classic look that will fit into any décor, then we recommend this set of two 4-inch by 6-inch photo frames from Amazon available in a neutral shade of silver.

These frames will fit into the aesthetic of any room, including an office, so you can happily display photos of family, friends, your favourite canine, or a child’s artwork. The classic styling is subtle yet attractive, enhancing — and not detracting — from the subject material you wish to display. There is an easel back if you wish to place the frames on a shelf or table top, or even use the hooks on the back to hang the pictures on the wall. For added flexibility, you can hang them horizontally or vertically. The glass face on top will also protect your photos from being damaged.

2. Best Variety: Songmics Picture Frames with Glass Front (Set of 10 Frames)

Key Specs

Size: 8” x 10”, 5” x 7”, 4” x 6” frames
Frame Material: MDF Wood

You can get really creative with this set of 10 different sized picture frames from Songmics. If you take a lot of photos and enjoy displaying them in your home, then you’re going to appreciate this set as you can use them separately around the house or create a decorative themed wall — this set gives you the freedom to let your imagination go wild.

Each of these frames is made with environmentally friendly MDF wood (medium density fiberboard), with a modern textured black finish, and a clear glass front. Use the easel back and display them on a shelf, mantelpiece or table, or you can mount them vertically or horizontally using the sawtooth hanging hardware (note that wall screws are not included). The backs have easy to use rotary tablet presses, so it’s a snap to insert photos or change them around as often as you like.

The set includes two, 8-inch x 10-inch photo frames; four, 5-inch by 7-inch photo frames; and four, 4-inch by 6-inch frames.

3. Best Set: One Wall Tempered Glass 11x14 inch Photo Picture Frames Set

Key Specs

Size: 11” x 14”
Frame Material: Black Pinewood

Customize your look with this large picture frame from One Wall that can fit different sized photos. This 11-inch by 14-inch picture frame is the ideal choice for anyone who’s looking for a large beautiful frame covered with a high quality piece of tempered glass and a choice of mats to match any-sized photo, poster or piece of artwork.

The modern-looking frame is made from black pinewood, and comes with four neatly cut white mats to match any photo or print. You can display a photo you have taken yourself, or if you are decorating the walls of a rental, you can use the double-sided picture print of a red phone booth on one side, or the Eiffel Tower on the other.

We like this picture frame because of the options you have to customize the look by using the whole 11-inch by 14-inch space or adjusting it to fit the size of the picture you want to display by using one of the background mats — a 7.5-inch by 9.5-inch opening for an 8-inch by 10-inch photo or a 4.7-inch by 6.7-inch opening to fit a 5-inch by 7-inch photo display. Once you have inserted the photo by using the easy-to-open tabs on the back, you can choose to use the pre-installed hanging hardware for either a vertical or horizontal wall display, or use the easel back to prop on a table, shelf, or counter.

This picture frame is ideal to capture and enhance the beauty of any featured photograph, artful print, document or certificate and is a great choice for your home or office, a hotel, restaurant or coffee shop decoration, as well as a thoughtful gift for friends and family.

4. Best Collage Frame: MELANNCO Customizable Letter Board with 8-Opening Photo Collage

Key Specs

Size: 19”x1”x17”
Frame Material: Plastic

With this picture frame from Melannco you can say it with photos and with words. Creating a collage of similarly themed photos is a popular way to bring together visual memories of the people, places, and things that you love. This beautiful letter board collage is comprised of eight frames that hold four, 4-inch by 6-inch photos, two, 6-inch by 4-inch photos and two, 4-inch by 4-inch photos — all arranged in an attractive pattern. In the centre of the board is a dedicated space where you can customize a message, using the 144 black pieces that include 110 letters, 22 numbers and 12 symbols. Change the photos as often as you like and change the quote, saying or message any time the feeling strikes. The distressed, plastic frame is neutral enough to suit any décor and is lightweight, so you can hang it using the two saw picture hanging brackets on the back for easy installation in any room of your house or office.

This picture frame also makes an ideal gift, especially when it is filled with photos and a sweet message for that special family member or friend. The total measurement of this frame is 19-inches by 1-inch by 17-inches.

5. Also Consider: Love-KANKEI Wall Hanging Picture Frames

Key Specs

Size: 26”W x 29”L
Frame Material: Wood and twine

This large capacity picture frame will add a touch of artful whimsy to your wall and is perfect for anyone who loves an innovative, artistic look that allows you to quickly change the photos, postcards, notes, and pieces of artwork you wish to display as often as you like. It is made with solid 100 per cent rubber wood and rustic twine cords that hang down in six vertical lines and the 30 “clothespins” that are included won’t leave any marks on your photos so you can use them to clip on a full montage of your favourite pictures, cards, prints, artwork, drawings, inspirational sayings, and anything else that suits your fancy.

Easy to assemble, you just plug the wood bars together and use the included hardware to mount it on the wall. The ropes are adjustable on both ends and there is double-sized foam tape that you can apply to the wood cubes on the bottom to hold them in place if needed.

The full size of the picture-hanging frame measures approximately 26 inches wide, by 29 inches long with about 4.7 inches of space between each rope. This is a great organizer to display all of your keepsakes, memories, travel and concert tickets, photos, poems – a unique way to express the story of your life, as it changes, in words and pictures. This wall picture frame also comes in a black gift box and makes an ideal gift for anyone of any age, and will fit into pretty much any décor.

Things to Look for in a Picture Frame Set

Size: While it might seem obvious, choosing the right picture frame begins with buying the right size. Sometimes you may get attracted by the aesthetics of a frame and buy it on impulse only to discover that it either doesn’t actually go with your décor — or you don’t have anything that fits in it to display. While this is not the end of the world, there are some specific things to consider when it comes to the size of the frame other than the photo you will place inside. For example, the actual frame you choose can be large, but with the artistic use of a mat or two you could actually fit a smaller photo or piece of art into it by using one or two mats as either a white or colourful background to add depth to the overall look. So in this case, the actual size of the photo is not front and foremost.

Also, if you intend to hang the picture frame on the wall you will need to consider both the size of the wall you wish to mount it on as well as the size of the piece you are framing. If you have a large expanse of wall, unless you are making a statement, one small 5-inch by 7-inch photo will look lost against a vast background. In a case like this, you may want to consider a collage frame or consider hanging a host of same-sized or different-sized picture frames on the same wall.

Finally, if you plan of only using picture frames that have an easel background or can stand on a table or shelf, make sure there is enough width on the surface you wish to place it to make sure the frame will not fall over.

Versatility: Before picking a picture frame decide on how you want to display it. Sometimes opting for one that gives you all the options is the best way to go. Some picture frames are only for standing on a table or hanging on a wall, while others give you the option and come equipped with hanging hardware on the back plus an easel stand. Also, some frames are only for horizontal or vertical display while others offer up both choices.

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