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Matting

The area that takes up the most room in the frame besides the art is the matting. The matting can make or break a frame because it can complement or conflict with the color structure already establish in the art. For most items a neutral top mat works well. Sometimes a second mat can be added to give a complementing color. Along with a variety of colors to choose from, there are also different textures of mats. Paper is generally the most used mat, simply because it's cheapest. But if the budget for the framing job allows, suede and fabric mats can add an additional dimension.