Picture Frame Mats & Liners
Mats make your pictures shine for greatest impact, but they also serve a protective purpose. Mats create space between your picture and the acrylic or glass front 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.
Mats in Every Size & Color
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".
Become a Matting Master
Choosing Your Mat Width
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-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.
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.
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 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!
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 frame.
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.