Choosing Picture Framing Mats

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Picture framing custom mat are a way to enhance and protect artwork or photos. They help to make a more polished, professional and gallery-like presentation when framed. Custom matting options are available in a wide array of colors, textures, sizes and styles to suit any style or budget. When choosing a matting color or design it is important to keep in mind that the mat will be seen behind the art and that it can impact how the art is viewed.

Elevate Your Space: The Impact of Custom Mats on Interior Design

There are three primary levels of matboard quality used today – decorative, conservation and museum. Traditionally, mats were made of paper which would yellow and fade over time (just like old newspapers). Today, the majority of custom matting is done using matboard that has been buffered and acid is temporarily neutralized to keep it from discoloring for a longer period of time.

Some of the most popular matting styles include double mats, which are 2 separate mats – one top and one bottom accent mat with larger openings layered over each other – creating a nice border around the artwork that draws attention to it. When ordering a double mat it is important to choose the bottom mat size slightly larger than the top mat to create the desired effect of “bottom-weighting.” Having a lighter colored bottom mat that compliments or matches the dominant color within the artwork can also add to the overall look of the mat. Some people prefer a solid-color bottom mat that stands out, while others may opt for a mat with a pattern or texture to add depth and interest to the artwork.

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