All of our frames are measured by the inside dimensions. For example, if you have a 4×6 image, you will want to order a 4×6 frame. A frame’s dimensions refer to the size of its opening. It is a common mistake to think the dimensions are the width and height of its outside edges. However, you want to measure the inside edge. For example, if you have a 4×6 image, you should order a 4×6 frame regardless of how much bigger than that the frame may be from outside to outside edge. Some frame styles will overlap the edges of an image more than others.
Paint hides the grain completely; stain simply colors the grain. Stain often brings out the character of the wood grain particularly in species such as poplar or oak. It soaks into open pores and exposes beauty otherwise not as noticeable. Stained hardwood attempts match other items in a room or theme.
Our painted frames are most often made of primed MDF (composite fiberboard) which offers a very uniform surface perfect for paint – primer. We always recommend hardwood for framing heavy items such as glass. Hardwood can be painted and offers higher strength than the composite fiberboard. Hardwood is also a better choice than MDF in an area of high humidity.