One of the things that go hand in hand with picture frames is mat board. A custom mat adds another level of style to your artwork. This is one of the reasons we launched Matdesigners.com. We wanted there to be a place where customers could order both high-quality picture frames as well as custom mats to go along with their frames. When we launched the new frameusa.com last year the plan was always to upgrade mat designers along with it. Today we are happy to announce that we have upgraded matdesigners.com.
We have taken out the .com and integrated it right into Frameusa.com. You are now able to order your picture frames, your accessories, and your mats all in one transaction.
Mat Ordering Process
The functionality of our new MatDesigners is very similar to how Design A Frame works. The first step that you will do is to enter your image size. Make sure to enter the exact size of your image, so if you have an 8 x 10 image you will enter in 8×10. The color of the default mat is the same one that all of our readymade frames that include mats, come with.
When we cut the opening for your image we will cut it slightly smaller to ensure that your image won’t fall through the opening. We explain this in a pop up before you are able to continue to mat width. The next step is where you will enter how wide you want the mat to be. This dimension also determines what size frame that the finished mat will fit inside.
The next step is probably the most anticipated, you get to choose which color you want the mat to be! You are now able to filter by color all of our mat types. If you know you want a blue mat, select blue and it will show you every blue option available in each of the 5 types.
This is also the section where you can decide if you want a double or triple mat and if you do how much of each you want to be revealed.
The Final Step
The final step is to decide if you want to stick with the standard rectangle or go with something different. In addition to the three basic corners, we offer 22 different corners. Please note that hese will not show in the right-hand size preview image.
You have now successfully gone through the brand new MatDesigners and are ready to add your selections to the cart and check out! If you have any questions about the new MatDesigners or Mats, in general, give us a call at 1-800-577-5920 or email us at [email protected]
When looking at a piece of art, matting can really brighten or enhance the image. People often ask if you should mat a picture based on the image itself or based on the room it will hang in. It’s actually a little of both. You don’t want to have a mat, frame, and picture totally clash with the wall it’s hanging on. But you also want to highlight some of the colors from the art. I like a mat to pull out some of the subtle colors in a picture. You can use just one mat or multiple! We’ve matted up to 4 times on some of our framed art in the retail store gallery.
We also play with spacing the mats differently so there is a small gap between one mat and the next. It’s fun to try and pull colors out that you are drawn to or would like to feature. Mats can help draw your eyes to the uniqueness in a piece of art. You can play with the reveal (amount of each color shown) for each mat. Typically we have the bottom mat show 1/4″ and the top mat is 2″, but this can be customized depending on the art and the customer preference.
Another way to mat artwork is to do what is called “floating”. When you float something, the mat is solid behind your artwork. This is really cool when you have a signature that is right at the edge. Some artwork has rough edges and it would be a shame to hide the unique effect this creates in the piece. This is when floating can really help finish off the art.
Using Mats For Non-Standard Sized Images
Matting is also a great way to put an odd size picture into a standard size frame. For example, you want to fit your 10×12 picture into an 11×14 frame. We can cut a mat that will fit both the frame and the exact size needed for the image. We have tons of mats in stock in several colors. Plus we have a large selection of mats that we can order for customers.
If you are framing artwork as a gift for someone, it is best to keep the colors and frames neutral since you don’t know where they may be hanging the gift.
Occasionally, we’ll have a customer bring in their framed artwork looking for something to spruce it up. Just changing the mats can totally change the overall look of your image. It can make it look like a completely new piece! We have so much fun playing with colors and finding what looks the best to make the art really pop!