Picture frame mats are one of the core components of a custom picture frame. A well-chosen mat can really enhance the picture that is being displayed. Choosing the right mat can make the difference between a good picture frame and a great picture frame that will wow anyone who sees it.
What are picture frame mats?
First of all, you need to know what picture frame mats are, and what their purpose is. At the basis, a mat is a thin piece of paper-based material that sits between the glazing and the picture that’s in the frame. It serves both as a barrier to protect the picture and an aesthetic purpose. When all the components of a custom picture frame are combined, the mat will provide a border for the picture.
Most mats are shades of cream or white, but you can find them in all sorts of colors which can really add something special to your artwork or picture. We even have special sports frame mats, which add texture and color of golf balls, footballs, or basketballs.
Use our custom mat designer to find the perfect mat
Our custom mat designer will allow you to create the perfect mat for your picture. Whether you need a picture mat with just one opening or a multiple-opening mat, our custom mat designer can give you exactly what you need.
One popular way to customize your mats is by adding a layer. A two-layered mat has a main color and a small border around the inside of the border that emphasizes the border and the picture. If you want, you can also add another border by selecting a third layer. Larger pictures often warrant a border more than smaller pictures.
With the multiple opening mats, you can choose from a wide variety of templates, ranging from different numbers of pictures to openings that spell out different words. With those, each letter is another opening that fits a different picture.
When you think of all the different ways you can enhance a picture, a picture mat can make a big difference. With a well-chosen color and border, you can make the picture or artwork jump out. Naturally, a picture mat doesn’t work just by itself, but is part of a bigger composition that entails the frame and the picture itself, too.