For gosh sake, if you’re gonna frame something…

The phrase we hear from customers more than any other is, “I don’t want the frame to detract from the art.” Of course. No frame design should ever overshadow the art that it’s displaying. That’d be like a groom showing up to his own wedding in a Hawaiian shirt. But, we would expect that groom to show up in his very best suit. People often make the mistake of underdressing their art by using a white mat. Or just one mat. Or *shudder* no mats! Let’s quickly go over why that’s a waste of your time, money, and most importantly, a waste of whatever you’re framing.

First off, you need that mat for more than just his good looks. Without it, the glass will just be sitting on your art, leading to all sorts of unpleasantness down the road. Uh-uh, definitely a no-no. The glass should only be touching the mat. And it’s underneath the mat that we framers hide all the little tricks necessary to safely mount the art. Got it? Good. So, what mat to use?

A white mat? Sure. If you’re showing it in a gallery, Pablo. But this is for your home. Take advantage of the fact that you’re using a custom method and choose some color that will suit the item you’re framing. One mat? Borrring. It’s also more difficult to choose just one color that will look right – almost like trying to get dressed in just one color. At least two colors means you can create some contrast and make it look all that more tailored to your art.

Alright, we’ll make our final case with the clothing analogy again. If you’re going to a job interview, you certainly don’t want the interviewer to remember your clothing more than they remember you. But you still wear your very best suit.
You know what? The proof is in the pudding, so let’s take a look at how we made Toucan Sam look like more than just a $12 poster. First, we started with a bold red to compliment the bold colors in the poster. You may be thinking this’ll create a Hawaiian shirt effect, but it’s gonna be our accent color so it’s okay. It’ll also create that contrast we mentioned earlier.
To make things even more interesting than just two mats, we’re using this element called a bevel accent. It has a metallic look that will help relate to the frame that’s coming up. The other thing it does is create some depth – it’s thicker than a mat.Now for the top mat. This is the one that will be the most prominent, so we chose a color that will be easy on the eyes. But we didn’t want it to be dull, so we picked a basket-weave texture. Textured mats will always create subtle colors that you can’t get from a flat paper mat. There’s something about the basket weave that also suits the image and subject matter.Oh, who’s that? It’s Mr Frame making his big intro! No black frames for this bird. The metallic finish ties in with the bevel accent and the subtle pattern fits the image like a glove. Take a look at the result and let us know what you think.

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