Should I Mat My Art?

When it comes to custom art framing, there are several decisions to make in order to make your framed photographs or artwork exactly how you want it. One of these decisions is whether or not to mat your art. If you’re unsure what this means or whether you should do it or not, then read on for our quick guide on the topic.

What is art matting?

A mat is a thin piece of material placed in a frame to surround the piece of art. This serves a number of purposes, which we’ll look at in more detail later, but is mostly used to be decorative or protective. Matting can be made of various different materials, including paper, cotton, wood pulp, and suede. You can also choose from a range of colors for your art’s matting. High-quality matting should be acid-free, as the acid in certain materials can discolor and degrade your art over time.

What are the benefits?

Before you decide whether you need to mat your art or not, you should know why it’s done. So, let’s look at the key benefits of art matting.

Make your art stand out – Choosing matting of the right color and material can really make your artwork pop. It can help to draw people’s eye to the frame and be chosen in a color that makes key aspects of the art stand out, making sure that the piece is the main focus. It can also make it stand out more by increasing the size. If you are framing a small piece of art, adding matting around it allows you to place it in a larger frame so that it takes up more space on your wall.

Complement the décor of the room – The right matting for your artwork will either match or contrast the décor and color scheme of the room it is placed in, making it an integral part of the design of the room, rather than looking out of place.

Create space between the glass – With your art set slightly back against the matting, it allows for your art to be separated from the glass. This space between the glass and the artwork helps to improve air circulation and stop moisture from damaging it.

Hide unsightly features – You might not want the features supporting or attaching your artwork to the backing to be visible. Applying a matting around your artwork allows for these features, such as hinges or clips, to be hidden.

Do you need matting for your artwork or pictures? We can provide a custom framing service, including matting, to suit your needs. Get in touch for more information or visit us in store in Clemmons, NC.

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