Picture Glass

Hey, and welcome back. Today's post will be on picture glass. I'm shifting away from glass picture frames, and instead talking about different frame components. Picture glass is the glass inside the frame of a picture frame (d'oh). Picture glass is usually not found in a glass frame, due to the fact that a glass frame is 100% glass. Yeah, I know, I know, I'm covering some super obvious facts right now. Just wait, okay?

Surprisingly, there are actually quite a few types of picture glass. See, told you you'd be surprised. First of all, there are several glass types. There is plain glass, UV blocking glass, and no-glare. Additionally, you can get UV blocking and no-glare, all in one convenient picture glass. UV blocking? Isn't that for sunglasses? Why yes, yes it is. And that is because it can be damaging to your eyes. Likewise, UV light can damage art inside of picture frames. UV light can make pictures fade with age, and distort colors.

The second type of picture glass is acrylic. This is an artificial glass product. Acrylic picture glass has many advantages. One of the biggest ones is that it's more durable than glass. If you drop a picture frame, acrylic is less likely to shatter. This doesn't mean it won't shatter, it just means that it can stand more pressure. Also, acrylic picture glass is usually cheaper than regular glass. Much like acrylic, plexiglass is an artificial picture glass that can be substituted for regular glass. Both of these types also come with UV blocking and no-glare.

So which type of picture glass is for you? That depends mainly on two factors. Where are you hanging your art? What type of look are you going for? If you are hanging your art in a safe place with little to no sun, glass may be the type for you. If you have the opposite of the above situation, I'd recommend one of the artificial glass. Also, the type of picture glass you choose has a slight effect on the look of your art. Glass looks, well, like glass, and an artificial glass can look plastic-like. This isn't a HUGE deal, but if it makes a difference for you, go with glass.

I'm going to go off-topic a bit and talk about hanging picture frames. Hanging picture frames is a very simple task which should only take a couple seconds. However, a problem presents itself when dealing with the elderly. How can they hang a picture frame when they sometimes can't even walk? Luckily, there are some methods to doing this. First is, hang it lower. Yeah, that's pretty obvious, but it's the easiest fix. If you're unable to hang a picture frame at the height you'd like, you can always resort to mechanical means. A good way to hang a picture frame high up without climbing a ladder is to use electric lift chairs. These can be fairly expensive, but they have many other uses besides picture frame hanging.

That's it for today's post. A fairly basic topic, but one I felt should be covered anyways. Remember, if you're looking to purchase a glass picture frame, you don't need any type of picture glass. The whole frame is glass, so it doesn't matter. Anyways, thanks for reading, and good luck in all your picture framing exploits! :)

Modern Glass Picture Frames

Hey guys, welcome back. Today I'm going to talk a bit about modern glass picture frames. Modern glass picture frames are a bit different then regular glass frames. Most glass frames have decorative edges around them. This can be anything from stained glass to shells embedded in the outer edge of the glass. Modern frames are usually fairly plain. As with most modern trends, modern glass frames tend to look simple, clean, and graceful. This might be the look you're looking for. If it's not, I'd suggest reading about the types of picture frames.

A modern frame can really accent the room you put it in. I'll give you some examples of rooms you can put your modern frames in.

Modern Glass Picture Frames in the Kitchen

Many people like to have a lot of decorations in their kitchens. I think this is somewhat odd, because most visitors never enter the kitchen, but hey, if you want your kitchen to look stylish, who am I to say no? If you'd like to put modern glass frames in your kitchen, I'd recommend putting them by a window, or perhaps above the stove.

Modern Glass Picture Frames in the Living Room

The living room is a great place for modern glass picture frames. Many houses I've visited have modern glass frames located in the living room. They'll usually have them resting on top of bookshelves or cabinets. This looks great, but if you have young children running around the house, I wouldn't recommend this!

Modern Glass Picture Frames in the Bathroom

The bathroom is another great place for glass picture frames. Bathrooms often have decorative "themes." These frames go beautifully with a ocean theme, or modern look.

These are just three examples of rooms modern glass picture frames look great in. I'm sure you'll be able to find other rooms that glass frames look great in, I'll leave it up to you. I hope this article has helped you with some decorating ideas. The key is figuring out whether you want a modern glass frame or a regular glass frame. The choice is up to you! Thanks for reading.

Glass Picture Frames

Okay, so you know about picture frames, you know about the types you can get, now you need to know about each specific category. The first one I'm going to talk about is glass picture frames. These frames are by far the most beautiful. Most glass frames consist of two thin pieces of glass. There is a slit for a painting or photo, and you slide your picture inside the slit. Glass picture frames are really neat, because they're very thin. This creates a modern feel, and looks great.

Photo's or Paintings?

Unlike wooden frames, glass frames can look great with some pictures, but not so great with others. A good example of something that looks good in a glass frame is a black and white photo. The glass really accents the photo, and it looks incredible. However, many paintings don't look good in glass frames.

One thing I've said over and over, is that glass looks modern. Therefore, most paintings and photos that have a modern look go good with glass. You'll still want to use wood frames for more classy art.

One Shape

One draw back to glass picture frames, is that they are mainly only done in a square/rectangular shape. Now I know most frames are in that shape, but oval and circular shapes don't look as good in glass. Also, you don't want to use glass frames for a large photo or painting. They are perfect for medium to small sized photo/paintings, but anything other than that doesn't look good.

As you can see, glass frames have bonuses and drawbacks. When considering the right frame for you, you really need to decide what you want. In my types of picture frames post, I talk about other types of frames. If you aren't interested in a glass frame, I would check that post out.


I would like to go a little off topic now and mention my resources box. It's located on the bottom right of the website, and it has different links in it. These links are website's I've visited that I think are good to go to if you are interested in picture frames. Most of these are photography or painting sites, so if you want more art in your home/business, I'd recommend you visit those. They have some truly exceptional art. Also in the resources box, you can read the privacy policy. Google requires us bloggers to have one on our blogs, so if you're curious about any of the ads, the privacy policy will tell you all about them.

That's it for this post. I hope to have more in-depth articles about all the different types of frames soon. Thanks for reading!

Types of Picture Frames

Welcome back! In this article, we will be talking about the different types of picture frames. There are four main types of picture frames.

1. Wood Picture Frames

2. Metal Picture Frames

3. Plastic Picture Frames

4. Glass Picture Frames


Wood picture frames are by far the most common. Chances are, all the picture frames in your house are made out of wood. Within the wood category, there are three sub-categories of picture frames. They are: composite, solid wood, and wood veneer.

Solid wood is fairly self-explanitory. It's 100% wood. Picture frames you see in stores are rarely made out of solid wood. Usually, they are made from composite wood (see below). The reason for this is that Solid Wood is expensive, and if you can get the same shape from using a cheaper process, why not do it?

The cheapest of the three is composite wood. Composite wood is made from compressed wood pieces which are glued together. Most decorated frames you see are made from compressed wood. Also, it is the most common of the three types of wooden picture frames. Whenever you think you're getting a real "wood" frame, chances are you're buying one made from composite wood.

Wood Veneer attempts to give a wooden frame a "real wood look" without using solid wood. This is done by glueing a small, much higher quality piece of wood onto the top of a composite frame. These are a bit more costly then the composite frames, but look much more like a solid wood frame.

Wood frames are usually a fairly solid choice when it comes to framing your pictures, but they do have some problems. Many people complain that when they get a wood frame, it often has knots or other imperfections in it. This isn't a flaw in the particular frame, it's how wood naturally is. If you want a perfect frame with no wood like characteristics, you would be better off with a plastic imitation or a nice wood veneer frame.

Many wooden frames come unfinished. Unfinished wooden frames can be easily damaged. Water, glue, or any other substance can get on an unfinished wooden frame and ruin it. When dealing with unfinished wood frames, be extra careful. If you can, try and put a stain on it or finish it yourself.


Plastic frames are a viable option if you are looking for a long-lasting decent looking picture frame. Plastic frames come in different types. There is colored, imitation-wood, and glossy plastic. These are all good options depending on what you want. If you're looking for a modern look, go with colored. They look good, and can really accent the color of a room. Imitation wood is great if you want a nice wood look with no imperfections, but if you get close up, it's easy to tell that it is plastic and not wood. Finally, glossy is made to shine in light. It can look great, but fingerprints are far too easy to see. If you're looking for a shiny frame, I would recommend a glass picture frame.


Metal is virtually the same as plastic, only sturdier. Metal frames can be used to give a slightly more "grungy" look to a picture. They also can look basically the same as plastic, but they're much more solid. If you have trouble with picture frames breaking, I'd suggest metal frames.


If you've read this blog at all, you'll know that glass frames are my absolute favorite. They shine like glossy plastic or metal, but they look MUCH nicer. If you want to read some more benefits, check out my post on glass picture frames.

Closing Thoughts

This was just a quick run down on the types of picture frames. I hope it helped some of you! Thanks for reading. :)

Why get a Glass Picture Frame?

One of the most common questions I get asked is: why? Why get a glass picture frame? There are a lot of reasons why. I hope to explain a few in this post.

The first and probably best reason is that they look great. A glass frame is very modern and sleek looking. They are perfect for a dining room area, or any room that has large windows and a lot of light. When the lighting is perfect, glass really shines, accenting the picture inside. It's amazing.

Another reason to get a glass frames is that they are practical. Wood, plastic, and metal picture frames can get dirty... especially with kids in the house. Often times, picture frames look great from far off, but once you get up close, you can see many fingerprints and smudges. Although it is true that these show up on glass picture frames, with a glass frame, you can just wipe it once or twice, and it's spotless! One bad thing about glass, is that it can break fairly easily. Like all things glass, if you drop it, or if it falls, it will shatter. Fortunately, this is a problem easily fixed. When mounting your frames, instead of hanging it on a nail, actually fix it on the wall. There are various ways of doing this, and I will cover them all in a later post. Make sure that the picture frame isn't precariously hanging, and is sturdy on the wall. If you do this, your frames should be fine. Also, don't put glass frame's in your kids room, or if you do, place them high up.

Glass picture frames go great in a variety of rooms. For example, a several pictures/paintings with glass picture frames can go perfectly in a dining room. Especially if you have lots of light, and maybe even a glass table. Another good spot is the living/sitting room. Many people enjoy to have a room that has the sole purpose of relaxing. Glass frames are easy on the eyes, and beautiful to look at.

It IS possible to have glass picture frames in a dark room. If you want to do this, you must make sure and have a light source directly shining into the glass. Light is the most important thing to remember when it comes to glass picture frames. Without a light source, glass picture frames can appear dull and lifeless. However, with a light source, a glass frames are much preferable to wooden ones.

These are just a few reasons why you should get glass frames for your paintings or photos. This first article is merely an introduction. In future articles, I'll explain a lot more about different types of frames. Thanks for reading!

Glass Picture Frames

Hello, and welcome to Glass Picture Frames. This website will tell you all you need to know about glass picture frames, why to use glass frames, and where to get them. You will find several ideas and pictures of glass picture frames, as well as reviews. I hope you find out everything you need to know about glass picture frames from this site! Thanks!

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