What are my mat options?

We offer the following mat options:

Cut Mats
Reveal Cut Mats
Double Mats
Float Foam Lift
Float Linen
Float Mat
Island-Float
Circle-Cut-Mat-Reveal/Oval-Cut-Mat-Reveal
Slit-Mat-Float

Our mats are all acid-free and completely archival. We bevel cut each corner with extreme precision. We have 4-ply and 8-ply options in Paper White, Bright White, Vivid White, and Black.

Our team has years of experience selecting the optimal color white mat for artwork. If you select Framer's Choice for your mat style, we can recommend the best shade of white to match your piece. We always check the shade of white against the art prior to framing.

Email us at hello@simplyframed.com if you'd like to have a specific mat color assigned to all your skus.

Mat Styles

  • No Mat - No Mat, or “full-bleed” as we call it in the frame shop, is pretty straight forward. Simply, there’s no mat between your art and the frame. We recommend this style when framing posters, oversized photography prints or personal photos, and art prints that contain a lot of white space around the edges. Spacer or shadowbox can be added to keep art from touching the acrylic. 
  • Cut-Mat - This is the most common mat style because of its classic look and ability to make small works of art or photographs a bit larger on your wall. We recommend this style when framing personal photos, small to medium size art prints and originals, and important documents like ketubahs and diplomas.
  • Reveal-Cut-Mat - This style is almost identical to the Single Mat to Edge style, except that it leaves ¼” of white space between the edge of the art’s image and the inside edge of the mat (the mat opening). We recommend this style when framing limited edition prints where the artist’s signature or edition number is important to showcase or other prints and photographs with a precise background you’d like to enhance with a small white border.
  • Double-Mat - The overall effect of this style is similar to Single Mat to Edge, except that instead of using just one mat, we layer a white mat over an additional mat in black or white, exposing ¼” the secondary mat around your art. We recommend this style for framing important documents like diplomas and certificates and it looks equally great with personal photos, and small to medium sized art prints and originals. In your order notes, specify if you'd like white over black or a different combination of white, off-white and black. 99% of the time, we recommend layering a white mat over a black mat.
  • Float-Foam-Lift  - Floating your art above a mat is an affordable way to take your custom frame job to the next level and give whatever you are framing that extra special feeling. By elevating the art above a mat with an acid-free foam core board to create a lift, a slight shadow is created around your art, creating a sophisticated, gallery look. We then use a spacer in between your art and the plexiglass in order to protect the surface of your art. We recommend this style when framing original paintings, drawings, and sketches—specifically those with a deckled, wavy edge to the paper—as well as artifacts like hand-written letters.
  • Float-Linen -  Floating your art above a mat is an affordable way to take your custom frame job to the next level and give whatever you are framing that extra special feeling. By elevating the art above a linen mat with an acid-free foam core lift, a slight shadow is created around your art, creating a sophisticated, gallery look. The linen mat has a subtle texture to juxtapose against your art. We then use a spacer in between your art and the plexiglass in order to protect the surface of your art. We recommend this style when framing original paintings, drawings, and sketches—specifically those with a deckled, wavy edge to the paper.
  • Float-Mat - Instead of floating on foam core board, this mat style will have your piece lifted on a mat board. A shallower and more subtle lift from the backing mat an elegant way to take your custom frame job to the next level. 
  • Island-Float - If you want to see all the edges of your piece but would like a traditional mat as well, island float mat style is a great solution. Your art will be mounted directly to the mat, and a mat with a slightly larger opening will be placed on top. This will leave a 1/8" - 1/4" reveal around your floated piece. Best of both worlds. 
  • Circle-Cut-Mat-Reveal/Oval-Cut-Mat-Reveal - Need a circle or oval shape cut mat? We are able to accommodate those pieces that need a round mat opening. 
  • Slit-Mat-Float - Applicable for pieces under 24x30. This method of matting will have your piece laying directly on the backing mat. All edges of your art will be visible. The backing mat has slits cut in strategic locations to slide hinge tape through to lightly adhere your art from the back for a subtle floating look. It's one of the more archival methods of float mounting but can only be used for smaller pieces to ensure the piece will not fall from the hinges.

How to understand the size of your mat: The size of your mat is going to be described as "Inches AA".  AA means "All around" so 2 AA means 2" all around your art will be visible. Please remember cut mats will overlap your art slightly by 1/8" -1/4". 

We will contact you if a signature or any important information is hidden by the mat. 

If you have a bulk order or specific needs, email us at hello@simplyframed.com to discuss.  

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