Enhance Your Art with Picture Frame Mats & Liners

Mats in Every Size & Color

Large Selection of Colorful Mats

We offer decorative mats, acid-free rag mats, decorative suede mats, metallic mats, acid-free suede mats and oversize mats in colors from white to black, yellow to purple and everything in-between. Standard mat sizes go up to 32" x 40". Oversize mat sizes go up to 40" x 60".

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Why Mats?

Mats make your pictures shine for greatest impact, but they also serve a protective purpose. Mats create space between your picture and the glass for air to circulate which prevents condensation from building up that can cause mildew or buckling over time. To put it lightly, they’re kinda miraculous.

Become a Matting Master

Choosing Your Mat Width

Mat width should be twice the width of the frame

Wider mats emphasize the art while creating a highly professional, gallery-quality presentation. We recommend a mat at least twice as wide as the width of the frame.

Bottom-Weighted Mats

Bottom Weighted Mats

Bottom-weighting means making the bottom mat width slightly wider than the top, left and right sides to compensate for an optical illusion that happens where your bottom mat width looks narrower.

Color MATching

Mat and Photo Color Matching

It’s best to choose a mat that complements the artwork, not everything around it. Choose a mat no lighter than the lightest color within your art, no darker than the darkest & no brighter than the brightest to add to your art.

Double Mats

Double Mat on Framed Photo

Consider using white or a neutral color on top. Then, for the "reveal," (the inner mat closest to your artwork) punch up the color by matching the mat to a dominant color in the artwork. This color contrast is a nice way to make your art pop.

Triple Mats

Triple Mat on Framed Photo

Triple mats have 3 mats. Try two neutral outer mats with a pop of color on a third mat around your picture. It adds loads of dimension and draws the eye inwards to your art and photos!

Mat Samples

Mat and Photo Color Matching

We offer FREE mat samples, so you can check out the color and texture of the mat, see how it looks with your art and shop with confidence. Call us at 800-332-8884 or look for the "Can't Decide? Frame and Mat Samples Available." section under the "ADD TO CART" button on any frame product page.

Linen Liners

Canvas Linen Liner

Mats are great with photos, posters, fine art prints, diplomas or watercolors. But for canvas art, mats don’t work. Instead, add a linen liner to create the same transition from art to frame that mats do for pictures on paper.

Linen Liners can be added to any linen liner compatible frame and to 3/4" Framed Stretched Canvas.

Natural Linen Liner
Black Linen Liner
Natural Linen Liner with Gold
White Linen Liner

More Mat Ordering Options & Tools

For more information on these other mat ordering options and tools, please call Customer Care at 800-332-8884. Click here to get started creating Custom Collage Mats.

Custom Collage Mats

Custom Collage Mats

Pre-cut Mats

Precut Picture Mats in Standard Sizes

Bulk Mat Board

Bulk Picture Mat Board

Mixed Mat Packs

Mixed Photo Mat Packs

301S Logan Mat Cutter

Professional Mat Cutter

Basic Mat Cutting Book

Mat Cutting Book

Mat & Liner FAQs


Do I need to add a mat to my picture?

This depends on what you want to frame. The most vulnerable mediums all but require adding a mat and protective acrylic front. Pastels, watercolors, pencil drawings, charcoal art, and vintage documentation need to be well preserved. Mats create added space between your art and the acrylic front to keep air circulating for preventing condensation build up which can lead to mildew or buckling.

Typically, canvas paintings do not have mats or an acrylic front because the last layer of varnish adequately protects the painting for preservation. Photography, movie posters, typography and other prints don’t require a mat, but their presentation sure does have an added pop when paired with the right mats. And you still get the extra level of protection with better air circulation to prevent condensation buildup which can lead to mildew or buckling over time.


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What is the difference between a linen liner and a mat?

A mat is made of paper. Your artwork sits behind the mat. Mats create a polished, classic presentation, adding depth and scale, while softening the transition from image to frame. Mats are available in a multitude of colors, textures and styles and can be custom cut to fit almost any size.

A linen liner is made of linen stretched over a wooden frame. Your artwork will sit inside the linen liner. Genuine linen over natural wood makes for an elegant, upscale presentation. Linen liners add depth and soften the transition from image to frame. Linen liners are a perfect accompaniment to canvas art, paintings of all kinds and even photos. They also add structural support for larger pieces of art.


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Which mat should I choose?

When framing and matting a photo, document or piece of art, you must consider the value of the object being framed. If your piece is purely decorative, you can choose one of our many of décor mats, from cotton to metallic to suede, in a huge array of colors and styles. These mats are an economical choice for many types of presentations, however may not protect your piece over the course of many years. If you are framing a valuable and irreplaceable object that you intend to preserve for generations, you should choose one of our acid-free, lignin-free mats. These pH neutral mats meet conservation standards. We offer conservation-grade matting in a variety of styles and colors.


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What are decorative mats?

Decorative paper mats are a great economical option for your piece. They are pH neutral, buffered for extended life and protection for your art.


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What is an acid-free mat?

Acid-free mats are made of 100% cotton fiber core and backing which are naturally 100% acid-free and lignin-free. Acid-free mats are recommended for matting precious photography, important documents, heirloom photos and more.


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What are rag mats?

Our Rag Mats are made of 100% cotton fiber core and backing which are naturally 100% acid-free and lignin-free. The conservation surface is buffered with calcium carbonate to an alkaline reserve of 3-5%, so you can be sure they won't degrade your matboard or artwork.


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What is a V-Groove mat?

A V-Groove mat creates the illusion of double matting, which elevates the overall look and feel of any presentation, and helps to draw the viewer's eye to the fine art in the center.

Beveled V-Groove Mat
Reverse Bevel V-Groove Mat

What is a reverse-bevel cut mat?

A reverse bevel cut mat has a bevel that runs inside instead of out. In effect, it gives you a straight edge on the window. The primary reason to choose a reverse bevel cut is to hide the colored core (white, black or off-white) that is in the center of all mat boards. You may choose a reverse bevel cut for either the top or bottom mat - or both.

Beveled Mat
Reverse Beveled Mat

What is a raised mat?

This treatment adds a shadow around the artwork, giving the presentation depth and interest for an exquisite high-end look. Spacers are inserted before the mat is added. A second or third raised mat may be added if desired. Glass or acrylic glazing is then placed on top.

Double Mat
Double Mat with Raised Spacer

What is a Bottom Weighted Mat?

Bottom weighted mats have more width at the bottom than on the top and sides. This technique is most often used by professional photographers and artists who prefer a "museum" type look. It also helps to counteract a visual perception problem. If a picture is placed directly in the center of a mat with equal width borders, the human eye will perceive that the picture sits below center and therefore look top-heavy. A weighted mat compensates for this illusion and better balances the presentation.


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