The Perfect Mat

Using mats when framing photographs or fine art photography is just a smart thing to do. Matting provides several functions: it keeps the photo from touching the glass, it allows for a larger frame (which gives piece more importance) and it offers the opportunity to be truly creative through size, shape and color. Although both black and white mats are popular and look clean and sophisticated, a colored mat can really bring a photo to life. A colored mat also gives you the chance to coordinate your artwork with your home décor.

Picture MattingBefore choosing the mat color, consider your personal style, your home’s style and, of course, the photograph. For example, if your tastes tend to run modern and your photo is black and white, a black or white mat may seem like the obvious choice. But what if you chose electric blue instead? Or sunflower yellow? Bright colors against a neutral palette will draw attention the photo and add blast of lively color.

Color also works well with photos destined for children’s rooms, game rooms, kitchens or anywhere that’s a little less serious. Within a wall gallery, a mix of colored mats (primary, pastel or even soft neutrals) adds interest.

When working with color photography, consider choosing a hue in the photo with which to match the mat. Interior designers use the trick of pulling a color out of a favorite pattern to coordinate a room; you can do the same thing to find the perfect mat for your photo.

Frame Destination carries archival-quality Bainbridge mat boards, both cut and uncut, in a wide variety of sizes and colors; we can also cut custom mats for odd-sized photos or for a specific look (matting small photos in wide, oversize mats is a terrific look). We also offer great little sample packs so you can try several colors before you buy.

So get framing, and let us know how we can help.

About the author


Mark Rogers is an amateur photographer and the founder of Frame Destination, Inc. In 2004 Mark realized the framing industry was not keeping up with the evolution of photography via new digital technology and started Frame Destination in his garage. Now his company has thousands of do-it-yourself framing customers across the US that it helps with its 11,000 square feet production facility in Dallas, TX.

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