We are surrounded by white walls. Does your home have white walls? If your living room has white walls click the 'like' button below this post as an informal survey. Or shout out the color of your walls in the comments. I think the results will be interesting.
More often than not when we move into a home the walls are white. Most of us don't do much to change that especially if we are living in an apartment. White has become easy and comfortable.
So what do you do if you like your white walls, but your art work is also white? You can choose matting and frames to make the photos stand out from the walls. However you want to be careful that the matting or the frame doesn't diminish the photograph. After all it is the photograph that you want to stand out and be noticed.
Using the photograph above I created two examples of frames and matting that enhance the photo instead of overpowering it. A perfect way to showcase your white photos are white walls.
To mat or not to mat is quite a decision. But how to choose a mat is the bigger question.
First let's discover the purpose of matting. Mats can be of visual importance to the photo. A mat can highlight a color in the artwork. It can be used to increase the overall size when the artwork is small. Mats provide support for the photo. They can also help protect an unframed photograph if it will be handled a lot.
Mat Border Sizes
How do you know how wide the mat borders should be? The whole idea behind matting and framing a photo should be to draw the eye to the photo and enhance it.
There is no set rule. Some professionals will say 15 -20% of the smallest dimension of the image should be the mat border. Others just know from experience that certain border sizes work well with certain image sizes. Look at different sizes. What looks good to you? Experiment a little. Always keeping in mind that you want people to see and focus on the image.
Should you use a mat at all? Aside from the purpose of mats mentioned above, this is purely a personal decision. When you look at paintings done by the masters there are not mats. And you don't really notice the lack of a mat.
The choice is yours. But now you have a little more knowledge to help guide you in that choice. Remember you can do this yourself or you can use a professional picture framer.
How do you choose a good frame shop to work with? We will cover that next time.
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.