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Framing Black & White Pictures & Art

Make a statement by framing a black and white picture. This monochrome look oozes sophistication. You can group many framed photos within a gallery wall or go big with one unique piece. Read on to see our top tips for framing black and white photos and art.

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Contemporary, elegant and designed to make a statement, mixing black and white frames has always been a popular choice for those looking to frame their pictures. Alternatively, rather than mixing the two colours, you can choose one or the other to achieve a more symmetrical and uniform look.

White. The magic of simplicity.

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There's a reason white frames remain ever-present in interior design. For difficult to design spaces, creating a consistent theme by pairing your photos with white frames is a stylish way to add interest. By keeping the look uniform, you allow the photos to take centre stage. White frames tend to make the darkness in photos stand out, and the light hues blend into the background. White frames work best for casual and candid photos.

Choosing a white frame can be a tricky task. A lot look fairly similar, but the slight differences in texture, shade and profile can have a big impact on the overall outcome. Try looking at the most popular selling white made to measure frames or white picture frames.

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Open Grain Coconut White Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-1198-M)
Open Grain Coconut White Picture Frame & Mount

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Vintage Porcelain White Picture Frame (VRMP-999)
Vintage Porcelain White Picture Frame

From £36.71

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Simple Chamfered White Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-1301-M)
Simple Chamfered White Picture Frame & Mount

From £20.50

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Flat Gallery White Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-1307-M)
Flat Gallery White Picture Frame & Mount

From £20.16

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Silver Foil & White Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-1091-M)
Silver Foil & White Picture Frame & Mount

From £31.51

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Easy Going Timeless White Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-1003-M)
Easy Going Timeless White Picture Frame & Mount

From £30.84

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Graceful Washed White Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-150-M)
Graceful Washed White Picture Frame & Mount

From £21.02

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Open Grain Coconut White Picture Frame (VRMP-1198)
Open Grain Coconut White Picture Frame

From £31.07

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Flat Gallery White Picture Frame (VRMP-1307)
Flat Gallery White Picture Frame

From £18.30

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Minimalist Candlewick White Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-1031-M)
Minimalist Candlewick White Picture Frame & Mount

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Clean Cotton White Picture Frame (VRMP-745)
Clean Cotton White Picture Frame

From £31.07

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Deep Shell White Picture Frame (VRMP-1242)
Deep Shell White Picture Frame

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Flat Stark White Picture Frame (VRMP-512)
Flat Stark White Picture Frame

From £26.63

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Lacquered Vivid White Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-771-M)
Lacquered Vivid White Picture Frame & Mount

From £26.29

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Bright White Picture Frame (VRMP-1305)
Bright White Picture Frame

From £15.78

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Flat Stark White Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-512-M)
Flat Stark White Picture Frame & Mount

From £28.45

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Narrow High Gloss White Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-769-M)
Narrow High Gloss White Picture Frame & Mount

From £20.60

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Classic Flat White Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-511-M)
Classic Flat White Picture Frame & Mount

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Arc High Gloss White Picture Frame (VRMP-742)
Arc High Gloss White Picture Frame

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Silver Foil & White Picture Frame (VRMP-1091)
Silver Foil & White Picture Frame

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Deep Classic White Picture Frame (VRMP-1254)
Deep Classic White Picture Frame

From £20.38

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Bright White Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-1305-M)
Bright White Picture Frame & Mount

From £17.72

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Clean Cotton White Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-745-M)
Clean Cotton White Picture Frame & Mount

From £32.53

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Deep Classic White Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-1254-M)
Deep Classic White Picture Frame & Mount

From £22.58

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"By using white: all eyes will go right to your one-of-a-kind artwork without having to try!"

Black. Make a statement.

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As our all-time best-selling picture frame range, black frames fit tastefully into most interior environments. A black frame will highlight the darker features in your photo and act as a contrast to lighter ones. They're elegant, versatile and complement an enormous range of pictures and photos. Like their white counterparts, the light and dark parts of your image help create a beautiful and well-balanced focal point of the home.

A black frame will compliment almost any photo or piece of art. But, with well over 100 different black frame styles, ranging from clean aluminium profiles to ornate wood, how do you select a frame and achieve your desired look? Here are some of our top-selling black picture frame styles or our black custom frames.

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Modern Streamlined Black Picture Frame (VRMP-A099)
Modern Streamlined Black Picture Frame

From £20.82

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Retro Distressed Black Picture Frame (VRMP-356)
Retro Distressed Black Picture Frame

From £23.24

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Industrial Edge Black Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-591-M)
Industrial Edge Black Picture Frame & Mount

From £27.10

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Original Open Grain Narrow Black Picture Frame (VRMP-230)
Original Open Grain Narrow Black Picture Frame

From £17.42

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Muted Black Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-339-M)
Muted Black Picture Frame & Mount

From £20.68

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Slim Modern Painted Black Picture Frame (VRMP-595)
Slim Modern Painted Black Picture Frame

From £17.88

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Chamfered Obsidian Black Picture Frame (VRMP-A062)
Chamfered Obsidian Black Picture Frame

From £22.90

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Narrow High Gloss Black Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-331-M)
Narrow High Gloss Black Picture Frame & Mount

From £19.31

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Bevelled Black Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-136-M)
Bevelled Black Picture Frame & Mount

From £21.02

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Washed Black Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-412-M)
Washed Black Picture Frame & Mount

From £25.02

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Tattered Black Picture Frame (VRMP-1141)
Tattered Black Picture Frame

From £33.89

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Lacquered Rounded Black Picture Frame (VRMP-1173)
Lacquered Rounded Black Picture Frame

From £36.76

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Rectangular Jet Black Picture Frame (VRMP-A102)
Rectangular Jet Black Picture Frame

From £23.24

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Mellow Black Picture Frame (VRMP-144)
Mellow Black Picture Frame

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Arced Charcoal Black Picture Frame (VRMP-386)
Arced Charcoal Black Picture Frame

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Narrow Modern Black Picture Frame (VRMP-A043)
Narrow Modern Black Picture Frame

From £22.04

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Classic Grain Black Picture Frame (VRMP-379)
Classic Grain Black Picture Frame

From £14.44

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Stained Midnight Black Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-580-M)
Stained Midnight Black Picture Frame & Mount

From £32.68

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Elegant Bevelled Black Picture Frame (VRMP-579)
Elegant Bevelled Black Picture Frame

From £30.35

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Flat Modern Black Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-764-M)
Flat Modern Black Picture Frame & Mount

From £22.21

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Straight Edged Box Black Picture Frame & Mount (VRMP-1243-M)
Straight Edged Box Black Picture Frame & Mount

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Rounded Chamfered Black Picture Frame (VRMP-A061)
Rounded Chamfered Black Picture Frame

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Urban Textured Black Picture Frame (VRMP-1144)
Urban Textured Black Picture Frame

From £13.64

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Simple Rounded Black Picture Frame (VRMP-A047)
Simple Rounded Black Picture Frame

From £18.46

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"Using the color black grounds, anchors, and adds a sophisticated look to a room."

Mix & match

For colour-phobes, mixing and matching black and white to create a classic monochrome palette can help to make an otherwise bland wall seem full of character. However, our experts recommend selecting a single profile and finish for both colours. This helps form a coherent look and feel and reduces the risk of clashing styles.

Don't be afraid to frame brightly coloured artwork or photographs. Framed in black and white mouldings, the artwork often looks incredible.

Other things to consider

There's a lot more to framing your pictures than simply colour. Frame width, pattern and finish can also play an essential role in determining the overall aesthetic. Playing with different mounting options can also help bring key pieces and colours to your attention.

Width and finish

There are many different types of frame finish available; these range from ornate patterns to smooth designs or grainy textures. We would suggest a smooth finish for the more modern interiors, helping maintain that popular minimalistic ambience. Meanwhile, vintage patterns work well with historical photos and classic decor.

The design of a frame can impact the overall story you are trying to tell; a thinner frame will ensure the picture frame doesn't command all of a viewer's attention, while a thicker frame will make your artwork into an authentic statement piece. So it does depend on the look you're trying to achieve, subdued or attention-grabbing.

Mounts

Make a particular photo stand out in the home by pairing a black frame and white mount to give your artwork a classic and awe-inspiring look.