Businesses that specialise in the framing of pictures and the sale of picture framing materials. A picture frame is a decorative edging for a picture, such as a painting or photograph; intended to enhance it, make it easier to display, or to protect it.
Picture frames are used for pictures and photographs, paintings, posters, to display objects and also for mirrors. Picture framing businesses will carry a range if different frames and finishes, to create custom frames on demand. Framing suppliers will also carry already assembled frames in many standards sizes. Picture frames have traditionally been made of wood, which is still the most common material, although other materials are used including silver, bronze, aluminium, and plastic. A picture frame may be of any colour or texture, but gilding is common, especially on older styles of wooden frame. The picture frame may contain a pane of picture framing glass or an acrylic glass substitute to protect the picture.
Picture framers will understand what type of frame and glass is best suited to your requirements, and will also be able to advise on the style of moulding or decoration used in the frame. Quotes can be obtained on the cost of the various options before making a decision, with quotes being available over the phone in many cases. Pre-assembled frames can be purchased in many different styles and a range of standard sizes. Framers will also be able to supply picture framing equipment and supplies to those people wishing to construct their custom sized frame themselves.