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Photos can bring a room to life in an instant. And having some treasured family snaps dotted around the house creates a warm and welcoming space.
But with smartphones replacing cameras and film, we hardly print photos anymore. Our roundup of the best photo frames will hopefully inspire you to show off your family prints in style and bring memories to life by freeing them from the confines of your phone.
We'll be honest with you; there’s no shortage of photo frames, and the variety can be overwhelming. Have a think about how you want to display your pics to narrow down the choice. Maybe you want a few frames for the mantelpiece, or want a decorative frame to showcase a special occasion. Perhaps you'd like to create a montage of a recent family holiday or a gallery wall of your little one's first years.
The good news is we've done all the legwork for you. All you have to do now is sit back, make a shortlist of your favourite snaps and check out our pick of the best photo frames around, including recommendations from house proud parents on the Mumnset forums.
Here are the best photo frames to buy.
1. Best overall photo frame: Heal’s Simple Photo Frame Cooper
Price: From £13 | Buy now from Heal's
Heal's copper frames are a simple, classic choice that will let your family snaps do the talking. With a minimalist copper border and a velvet stand, they're available in four sizes and would make a wonderful addition to a desk or shelf. You can buy them individually or as a set of four (if you have trouble narrowing down your best shots). They have a luxurious look but an affordable price tag.
- Material: Glass
- Size: 15.7 x 20.8 x 2.5 cm
2. Best budget photo frame: IKEA RIBBA Frame
Price: from £5 | Buy now from IKEA
"I came on to say IKEA. We have the black Ribba frames in all different sizes and they look great" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, TreacherousPissFlap
Ikea gets plenty of mentions on the Mumsnet forums when it comes to photo frames. And the RIBBA frame is highly recommended as a cheap and cheerful buy. It comes in black or white and can be used with or without a mount for picture-perfect prints. Since there are so many sizes available, it would work well if you're looking to put together a gallery wall to feature different sized photos.
- Material: Fibreboard, paper foil
- Size: 21 x 30 cm without mount
3. Best digital photo frame: Nixplay 10.1-inch Smart Digital Photo Frame with WIFI
Price: £128 | Buy now from Amazon
"DH bought me one for Xmas. Love it - was poised to stop using digital camera as photos just ended up on computer. DH just downloaded about 10 phots and they rotate. Ours comes on at 3 and goes off at 11pm" - verified by Mumsnet user, Budababe
"I think it's a good gift idea - especially for non-technical members of the family." - recommended by Mumsnet user, MajesticWhine
“We bought my MIL a Nixplay. It's brilliant - all her family have the email address and we send out photos direct to the screen whenever we want. This way it is always being updated. She has it on random so it scrolls through all the photos. It's very simple and I highly recommend it.” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, Ojoj1974
Digital frames divide opinion on Mumsnet. Some think that a classic photograph is best and that rotating snaps are a little naff. However, you can't beat a digital option in terms of making the most of your family memories and sharing hundreds of snaps that would otherwise take up every inch of your wall space. If you're considering buying one, the Nixplay frame is highly rated by the Mumsnet community. With built-in Wi-Fi, you can send photos to a loved one’s living room via the Nixplay app, Google Photos, Facebook or Instagram. Fear not, it’s a user-friendly device, and you can get a wood effect version for an extra £7, which more closely resembles a standard photo frame. You can either use this digital frame as a desktop or a wall-mounted picture frame in a portrait or a landscape orientation. It would make a great wedding gift or a new home present for anyone already sold on the concept.
- Material: Metal
- Size: 3.1 x 18.7 x 26.8 cm
4. Best large photo frame for posters/artwork: eFrame Made to Measure picture Frames
Price: from £25.60 | Buy now from eFrame
"We've just had some fantastic frames and mounts done by ezeFrames, an online company. You just put in the size of your picture, choose the frame you want (LOADS to choose from), choose the mount and how wide you want it to be, and hit go! Our nearly-poster size prints, plus nice black frame and white mount came in at under £40 and the quality is great. Could not recommend enough" - recommended by Mumsnet user, burcham12
"They seem to have an endless choice of custom and ready-made frames in just about any size you can imagine" - rated by Mumsnet user, MyHyde
If you're looking to add some personality and make a statement wall with your favourite artwork, a made-to-measure frame from e-Frame could be just the thing. Their customisation features are pretty endless, they're reasonably priced, and they have a solid reputation. Artwork and posters can work effortlessly to transform a space and add that decorative touch. You’ll want the picture and frame to create a strong pairing, so take your time to look at materials, colours and frame type, as the frame can alter the look of the picture quite considerably. When opting for this type of frame, the art and frame should work as one and not overwhelm an image. A montage wall can look wonderful in small areas in the home, like a hallway.
- Material: Metal and wood
- Size: Custom frames
5. Best silver photo frame: Addison Ross, Photo Frame, 8x10 inches, Silver Plate Tooth
Price: £16 | Buy now from Amazon
"Great variety of frames. I have several of their marquetry frames" - verified by Mumsnet user, SalsaLove
A classic silver frame is a timeless option. Who remembers using a silver border as a mirror as a teen? This 8 x 10 inch frame can stand in a landscape or horizontal orientation and would look great by your bedside on on a desk, ready for those moments when you want to glance away from your screen for a spot of daydreaming. It’s elegant with a lavish border, black flocked back and embossed pattern on the inside edge. It would make a gorgeous birthday gift with a picture of the kids inside.
- Material: Silver
- Size: 33.02 x 27.94 x 3.3 cm
6. Best gold photo frame: Gold Dorma Swept Photo Frame
Price: £18 | Buy now from Dunelm
"Dunelm have some nice ones at the moment" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Cheeseycheeseycheesecheese
"Dunelm has some nice (and nicely priced) options" - agrees Mumsnet user, Kimblebee19
"Check out Dunelm and Wilko; they have lots of different styles and sizes and are reasonably priced" - verified by Mumsnet user, SiteMonitor
If you're looking for a beautiful photo frame without spending a fortune, Dunelm gets the Mumsnet seal of approval. It has a fantastic range of wallet-friendly options that you’re going to be happy to perch above the fireplace. With intricately designed edges and generous borders, this gold wooden frame looks way more expensive than it is. Online reviews agree that this frame is tasteful rather than tacky (which some gold frames can be), and we like that it comes in two of the most standard photo sizes (7 x 5 and 6 x 4 inches). It’s a pretty bold frame so choose a favoured photo that’s not going to be drowned by this statement piece.
- Material: Painted wood
- Size: 18cm x 12 cm
7. Best photo frame set for a gallery wall: Gallery Perfect Multi-aperture Photo Frame Set, 7 Photo, Natural
Price: £60 | Buy now from John Lewis
This John Lewis frame set features two hanging templates for seven solid wood wall frames. Each of the frames comes with a mount, and they're all lightweight and easy to hang on the wall, either horizontally or vertically. With very little effort, this set will make quite the statement for any space in your home that provides enough wall space to hang them all. Shade wise you can go for white, grey, black and natural.
- Material: Wood, MDF
- Size: Four 15 x 20 cm frame; two 20 x 25 cm frame; one 30 x 40 cm frame
8. Best wooden picture frame: Custom Size Picture Frame, Handmade Bespoke Real Wood
Price: from £35 | Buy now from Etsy
There’s something quite special about a picture in a wooden frame and these handmade frames, individually created in a countryside workshop in Kent, are particularly lovely. Demonstrating beautiful craftsmanship, the bespoke frames are made to order, with a choice of four different stains and bespoke mount options. You can supply the exact dimensions of your favoured print for the perfect frame, which is made from layered plywood. These frames would also work brilliantly if you have some art you’re yet to get on the wall, or if you’d like to create a custom-made gallery wall made up of frames of all shapes and sizes.
- Material: Plywood, hardwood, acrylic
- Size: Made to order custom sizes
9. Best photo frame for a kids’ room: DIY Picture Frame Painting Kit for Kids
Price: £14 | Buy now from Amazon
If your child has recently left nursery, is moving into a new class, or had a brilliant birthday party, they might have some memorable shots to frame, which they’d like to take pride of place in their bedroom. These frames are pretty cool and give kids a chance to show off their creative skills. This fun set comes with five 6 x 4-inch frames with stands (though they can be wall-mounted too), two sets of colour paints, paint brushes and 80 hearts and stars stickers. It will provide a super sweet activity to do together (if they’ll let you help), and one the kids will enjoy showcasing with pride in their room afterwards.
- Material: Wood
- Size: 21.3 x 16.9 x 6.4 cm
10. Best collage photo frame: Umbra Exhibit Picture Frame Gallery Set
Price £50 | Buy now from Amazon
This collage of frames is stunning and brings something a little something different to the table. Suspended from an elegant and modern beam, these gallery-style frames would make an eye-catching addition to your home. The simple mechanism allows two 6 x 4 and three 7 x 5-inch frames to be hung in a captivating collage style – destination shots or postcards would work especially well. There are multiple configurations so it can be tailored to best suit your space. If you’re not a fan of the brass, you can opt for a white or black version for a timeless look.
- Material: Metal, matt brass
- Size: 69.5 x 66 x 3.2 cm
What picture frames are in style now?
Copper frames are very much on trend at the moment and bring together a modern and industrial vibe. Minimalist black and white frames are timeless choices that are always going to be popular, as they go with everything, as are rustic, wooden frames. Gold and silver offer a more decorative finish, so it’s important to choose a style that best suits your decor and that complements your favoured shots instead of overwhelming them.
How do you determine your frame size?
Once you have the measurements of your photo (6 x 4 and 7 x 5 inches are popular sizes,) you’ll be able to pick your desired frame. It’s important to take into account borders and mounts you might want, which will increase the size of the overall frame you buy. If you already have the desired photo frame and are unsure of its measurements, always measure from the inside not outside. Many frames are custom-made so you can simply provide your print size and the right frame size will be based on these measurements for the perfect fit. The size of the picture frame will always be determined by the photo and not the frame. If you're looking for help hanging a picture, this guide is pretty useful, as is this guide on how to measure up.
Are digital photo frames worth it?
Digital photo frames can make a great gift for someone who has all their photo memories on their phone and are unlikely to get them printed. It’s nice to be able to see those captured moments around the home and not just during a photo scroll. They tend to have built in WI-FI and many offer unlimited storage and apps that allow you to add photos remotely. They're more expensive than the average frame of course, but can rotate hundreds of photos at once. They aren’t everyone’s cup of tea though and you don’t get the same aesthetic you would from a traditional frame. They’re fun but are unlikely to be used after the initial novelty has worn off. A photo frame is always there and has the edge in terms of appeal for us.
What’s the best photo frame to buy?
The Heal’s Simple Photo Frame Copper is our overall winner because it has a lot going for it. It’s simple, well-made, comes in a variety of sizes, and you can choose between buying individual pieces or a set. Whatever your home decor, this minimalist frame is going to complement the space in which it appears.
How we chose our recommendations
We spent several hours sifting through Mumsnet's forums for recommendations from our users on photo frames they rated most highly. We were also on the lookout for poor reviews of products to avoid.
We also consulted recommendations from experts, consumer websites and print media and made sure we included brands that regularly appeared in top 10 lists.
We then looked at reviews for each of our longlisted photo frames to check that previous customers were satisfied with their purchases. By doing this, we whittled our longlist down and chose a top list that we think offers something for everybody.
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