The mat in your frame serves two purposes. One is to protect the artwork from touching the glass, and the other is to create an attractive presentation for the art.
Many of our customers choose small mat borders, as they don’t want the mat to distract from the art, however art experts disagree with this reasoning. Experts say that narrow borders can be distracting, creating too many lines surrounding the art, which draws attention to the lines as opposed the the art. Art experts say, wider mats provide visual breathing space between the art and the frame and creates a much more pleasing presentation for the viewer.
At one time, wide mat borders was used mainly by museums and fine art collectors. In recent years however, the popularity of wide mat borders has grown into an established style, especially in contemporary art.
So how big should you mat border be?
At the end of the day, mat border size comes down to a person’s individual preference. To help guide your eye and hone in on preferences, pay attention to framed art in magazines, tv shows, furniture stores, museums and offices.
Wondering how to frame your art? Bring it in and let us help you.
Coronado Frame is located in Coronado, Panama, in El Rincon del Chef Plaza
Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday from 10am to 4pm