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St. Peters, MO 63376
Phone: (636) 926-2000

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765 Gravois Rd.
Fenton, MO 63026
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Picture Frame: Common Frame Types and Styles

Do you have the perfect painting for your living room but no frame to go with it? Are you confused as to what kind of picture frame would optimally enhance your painting? With recent innovations in the woodwork industry, picture frames are now available in a number of wood species and a wide variety of styles. Each wood type has its own unique character and contributes differently to the overall experience of the painting, as well as the ambience of the entire room. A picture frame can add vibrancy, elegance, and class to a painting. A wooden frame has the ability to add a contemporary or traditional feel to a painting or photograph, depending on the way in which it is crafted.

St. Charles Hardwoods has been in the lumber supply and woodwork industry for over two decades. As a leading woodwork company serving the St. Louis area, we take great pride in providing our customers with services and products of unparalleled quality. We sell a wide variety of types of picture frames including custom picture frame styles. If you are looking for a picture frame to add character to your paintings and home, come to St. Charles Hardwoods today.

Types and Styles of a Picture Frame

Picture framing has developed into quite a science these days. When choosing a frame, many factors need to be considered beyond just aesthetics. For example, wood reacts to the climate around it, and the concept of durability should play an integral role in forming your choice of picture frame. Wood types available for picture framing come in two broad categories – hardwoods and softwoods. The following are some of the popular wood types used to make a picture frames.

  • Walnut: Walnut is a very commonly used wood in picture framing. Its dark brown color and grain pattern accommodates staining and finishing well.
  • Cherry: Cherry wood has a deep color and a primarily straight grain pattern. The color of cherry wood changes over time from lighter shades to darker ones. It is a famous hardwood used in picture framing as well as for creating other wood furniture and products.
  • Pine: Pine wood is used commonly for making picture frames because it is abundant and light. Pine is generally used to add a rustic feel to a painting or room. Pine reacts well with finishes and can be disguised to look like other wood types. It can also be left unfinished.
  • Mahogany: Mahogany is a dark, strong hardwood that is known for its durability and rich look. Mahogany does not scratch or blemish easily and is extremely accommodating to finishes.
  • Figured Woods: Some trees have grain patterns that look like paintings in themselves. This kind of lumber, known as figured woods, is highly sought after. Examples of these are tiger wood, curly maple, and flame birch. These kinds of trees are also famous for burls – a knotted design that when shaped and finished, creates attractive and unusual effect. These types of woods can accent certain paintings and art pieces, creating a unique look.

St. Charles Hardwoods has Your Perfect Picture Frame

St. Charles Hardwoods, with our wealth of experience in the woodwork industry and a team of dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced professionals, is a leading choice for custom carved woodwork and wood pieces in the St. Louis area. Whether you need a picture frame, moulding, or any other wood-related product, our staff is fully committed to fulfilling your requirements.

To see our in stock selection of picture frames or to order a custom picture frame in any style, contact us at 636-717-1770 or 636-926-2000 or visit one of our St. Louis stores to learn more!