Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Are wider mats better?
Many people do not choose a mat wide enough. Usually because of lack of experience or they think it costs lots more. Which it really doesn’t. You can prove this to yourself. The next time you have a picture custom framed, ask your framer to quote you the price of the whole job using only a 2-inch mat border around your picture. Write this price down on a piece of paper right there on the frame shop desk. Now ask your custom framer to change the border to 4 inches wide. A good shop can do this instantly. Write this price above the former price. Subtract the difference and you will find the difference in most cases to be very little compared to what you receive. Just a couple of inches and a small change in price could take your framed art from being ho hum to OH Wow!
How wide a mat border do you need?
Without seeing the artwork it is difficult to say. But I will say this. A picture up to 11 by 14 inches needs a minimum of two to three inches of border. From there up to 16 by 20 you should have a minimum of three inches. Anything over 16 by 20 should have at least 3 or 4 inches of border. This is a fairly good guide for most people. Remember these are minimums. Have you ever seen a postage stamp framed using six inches of border all around it. Watch how that really draws people up to it to find out what has been framed in that little hole! See, a lot depends on what you are framing.