custom picture frame matting
Whether you’re custom framing a photograph or a baseball pennant, the details of the design matter a lot.
One of the most overlooked details is matting. Custom picture frame matting can make a big difference in the final product. That’s why FrameStore offers a variety of mat styles and sizes, from standard size matting to custom size or mats with multiple openings. We have been serving Los Angeles for over 40 years with custom picture matting and framing, and we have the expertise and experience to be able to turn out customers’ vision into a gratifying final product.
Custom picture frame matting isn’t just limited to one choice of mat. You can achieve a great effect with one mat, but sometimes it can make sense to use
multiple mats in a framed piece. For instance, you can use two mats to represent a school’s colors when framing a senior portrait along with the tassel and graduation invitation. (That’s also a good time to use mats with multiple openings to accommodate each piece of memorabilia that you’re framing!)
When thinking about your custom picture frame matting, it may seem like just putting your art, old photographs or other custom treasured items under glass is protection enough. However, here’s where the matting you choose matters not only artistically but scientifically: regular paper mats have been treated to prevent the acids that are naturally present in the wood pulp from damaging the items that are being framed, but that protection only lasts about 5 years. After that, the acid-controlling treatment no longer works. As a result, the mat could begin to cause some yellowing! All of your diligent effort and painstaking attention to detail in your custom picture matting and framing would be for naught.
Archival matting is acid-free from the beginning, so you won’t have to worry about this type of mat damaging your framed piece. At FrameStore, we use rag mat made from cotton that is 100% acid-free. This type of museum-quality archival mat board is ideal when you want to be sure that your artwork, photos, or other framed items are not just beautifully framed, but also protected for the long haul.
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Other Custom Picture Frame Matting Options
What do you have in mind for your custom picture matting and framing project? FrameStore offers many options when it comes to the color and texture of your custom mat. We can cut matting to fit standard-size or nonstandard-size frames, and we can also cut mats with off-center openings to add drama to your framed piece, or multiple openings if you want to showcase more than one piece in the same frame.
Telling a Story
With every custom framing project, we try to tell a story and to communicate something unique about you, your family, or your interests. And the custom picture frame matting you end up with has an important role to play in that story. The mat of a piece has powerful mood-setting abilities and alters the context of the artwork itself.
How do you convert these kinds of details to a finished product that fits your vision? One of the things that sets FrameStore apart as a framer is that you don’t deal with a sales clerk. You talk directly with one of our experienced design consultants, who can help you choose the frame, matting, and color scheme that will work best for your piece, based on their years of experience as an artist.