Metal or Wood: Which Is Best For Your Bespoke Picture Frame?


If you have chosen to invest in a beautiful bespoke frame for your home (or as the perfect Christmas gift), you’ll need to make some important decisions. You’ll have to think about the size and style, for instance, as well as the main materials.

Pictures frames can technically be made out of anything from glass and stone to concrete or recycled materials. The two most common options are metal or wood, though. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the pros and cons of these materials to help you make the choice that’s right for you. 


Metal or Wood: The Best Material For Your Bespoke Frame

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Metal Picture Frames

Metal picture frames are perfect if you want to create a sleek and modern look in your home. If you like minimalism and a more modern style, you might find that a metal frame is the best choice for you.

Part of the reason metal frames are so great for the modern look is the fact that they offer straight lines and reflective surfaces. They are very neat and tidy, creating a sense of cleanliness and organisation within your home.

A bespoke metal frame might also be a good choice depending on the subject matter that you are hoping to frame. While an oil painting might look more at home within a traditional wooden frame, black and white photographs (for example) might look better within a metal frame.

In terms of metal frames, there are lots of different colours to choose from too, and you can always paint the frame of course. This flexibility makes it simple for you to find a frame that fits with the general look and feel of your home.

Bespoke metal frames are also a great option from a practical perspective. They are sometimes harder than wooden frames (depending on the wood material that you compare them to) and they are more resistant to environmental damage. Depending on the exact metal frame and how it was put together, you might also find that it’s easier to take apart and put back together – perfect if a small part of the frame is damaged.

  • Durable and flexible
  • Sleek and modern
  • More appropriate for certain subject matters
  • Flexible in terms of colour and finish
  • Often more cost effective
  • Not as warm
  • Sometimes lack character
  • Not a great fit depending on what you frame
  • Lacks the ornate details of a wooden frame


Wood Picture Frames

Wooden picture frames are a more classic choice – it has been the go-to option for centuries and it’s often what most people think of when they imagine a picture frame.

If you choose to commission a bespoke frame, you’ll often want something entirely unique that can’t be replicated. That’s why wood is such a perfect material – every frame is completely different and offers countless beautiful unique features. Nobody in the world will have a wooden frame that’s exactly like yours.

That uniqueness extends to the tone and shade of your wooden frame, too. Varnishes and paints can be used to totally configure your frame to your taste. Small adjustments can make your wooden frame fit flawlessly with its environment and the subject in the frame.

In terms of appropriate subjects and materials, wooden frames are a perfect fit for everything from paintings to photographs. Wooden frames offer a warmer feel and they’re loaded with personality too. To make wooden frames even more attractive, it’s easy to add small ornate details that bring even more personality.

In terms of the prical side of things, wood is more readily available than metal, too, and it’s a relatively easier material to work with (perfect if you want to create your own frame). If you choose the right type of wood, too, you might find that it is incredibly durable and capable of lasting for years.

  • Warm and full of personality
  • Durable and high-quality
  • Adds a touch of class to any home
  • A more classic choice
  • Often heavier than metal
  • More complicated to repair
  • Often more expensive than metal frames


More Important Bespoke Frame Materials

Choosing between a wood or metal frame is just one of the important decisions that you have to make – you’ve also got to think about other factors such as the hanging hardware and the cover that you will choose.

All of those small decisions can transform the appearance and practicality of your frame – you should take the time to explore the different options out there and make the right choice.

If you want to explore this subject in more detail, read our piece on which materials are best for your bespoke picture frame.


Commission Your Bespoke Frame Today

If you have any questions about how to choose the best materials for your bespoke picture frame, be sure to get in touch with us today. It will be our pleasure to offer you our expert insight and opinion so that you can get the frame that you’re truly happy with.

We have worked with countless customers over the years and helped them to get the best frames for their needs. We have worked on lots of projects and we hope that you’ll be next! If you would like to see some examples of the frames that we have produced in the past, be sure to visit our website or even pop into our store – you’ll find lots of interesting information on offer.

Be sure to get in touch with us today and tell us more about your needs. We can’t wait to hear your ideas and give you the recommendations that you need.