The Many Faces of a Frame!

When someone thinks of a frame, a plain wood box comes to mind most of the time.

But framing comes in many shapes, sizes, designs, colors, variations, and more.

And believe it or not, there are several different types of frames on top of the already endless amounts of regular framing moulding.

Regular frames are just that – the typical frame that usually comes to mind when someone mentions a frame. Here at Frame Designs, we stock thousands (literally, THOUSANDS) of different framing mouldings that  you can pick and choose from- and there are over a million combinations you could decide on.

But there is more to the framing world than just your regular frame.

While “regular” frames are the most popular, a close runner up is a floater frame.

Made specifically to showcase canvases, floater frames are frames that do just what they say they do – float artwork so that one can see the edges of the painting.



Floater frames are a great choice if you do not want to cover the edges of your painting, or if you would like to add a modern feeling to your artwork.

Another popular option is the shadowbox. Historically, shadow boxes have been used to display large objects that do not fit in your typical frame. But here at Frame Designs, we like to push the very boundaries of framing physics (that’s an exaggeration, but you get the point).

Besides frames, there are several different types of decorative additions that can fit inside a regular frame.

Whether you want to add character to your frame, or just make your artwork seem less cramped in a frame, liners are a great option. IMG_7219 Liners are linen-wrapped wood that are resistant to dirt and other contaminants, and add a nice, clean border to your artwork. They can be used alongside a canvas, and do not require the protection of glass. Liners can also be used over a sheet of glass as well. 


Fillets are also another great option to add to your framing. They are tiny, decorative pieces of moulding that help a piece of artwork stand out when used with a mat, or add a pop of color to the inside lip of a frame. Fillets can also be used inside shadowboxes to mimic a smaller frame around a picture, which is useful when one wants to highlight an important piece of work. 

Finally, there are stretcher bars. Stretcher bars, also known as strainer stock, are mainly used with canvas. When a canvas is stretched around a stretcher bar, it creates a freestanding piece of artwork that typically does not require a frame. Traditionally, if the sides of a painting on canvas are left unpainted, it makes for a more formal painting to have it framed. But if the sides of a painting are in fact painted, it looks great when the painting is stretched around stretcher bars and hung on the wall as a freestanding piece of art.


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