Choosing Your Mat
Mats are more than decoration; they protect the surface of the art and keep it from lying directly against the glass. To decide which mats to use, look to the colors in your art for inspiration. Using multiple mats will add beauty and depth to the finished piece. Here are a few basic rules:
- Dark colors tend to contain the art, while light colors tend to expand it.
- Mats should be approximately twice as wide as the frame width. In a multiple mat combination, that means the top mat.
- Vary the amount showing on each mat in multiple mat combinations to balance the colors in the art.
- The top mat can be whatever color is predominant in the art. You can also use a neutral top mat with lower mats as accent colors.