When framing photos, the frame type and color are among the first things that pop into your mind. Do I want my frame to be ornate or simple? Black or white? Where should I hang it? Mat boards are typically an after thought, yet they can help make your photos stand out in a frame. Whether they’re vacation photos or snapshots of your daily travels, a quality mat board can make an average picture look like a piece of framed art.
When using a mat board in your frame, one of the first things you want to consider is the width of the mat board. A one-inch mat board will give your frame extra polish, without being too dramatic. A two-inch mat board is typically the standard, and will make your photo stand out in the center of your frame. However, for a photo that stands out to you, you may want a more dramatic effect so that it stands out to others as well. A four-inch (or larger) mat board will create a Fine Arts effect, where all of the focus is concentrated on your outstanding photo.
Mat boards also come in a range of colors. White is the typical standard, lending a clean look to any framed photo. A black mat board can make colors and contrasts in your photo really pop. However, for those adventurous at heart there is a vast array of different shades and hues to satisfy any creative design urge.
With every size and color available, mat boards can also be customized to any shape. Rectangular mat boards are among the most common, but an oval mat board is eye-catching and guaranteed to draw more attention to the photos you love so much.
Framing your vacation photos and daily travels is half the fun of actually taking them. Each one of those pictures deserves to be shown off, to make someone exclaim “Wow!” when they first see it, and to be framed in a way that is as creative as the photo itself. By framing with a mat board, you’re not just framing your photos, you’re displaying them. And beyond the possibilities of round or square, one inch or two, and white or blue lies infinity. Once you’ve chosen your mat board, you can leave it be or decorate it to you heart’s desire. Simple and sophisticated, or creative chaos? The choice is yours.
Submitted by David Higgins