dark mat

Effects of a dark mat

A dark window mat framing this vintage photograph of the Palio di Siena is an excellent way to enhance the excitement of the image.  The charcoal mat brings the eye to the dark figures in movement.  The repeating pattern of the thin smoky frame plays off the repeating patterns of the ancient buildings, suggesting the antiquity of this race.  The white edging of the photograph creates a border to brighten the highlights of the piece while broadening the image.  While the photograph’s border on the top and sides is ¼ inch wide, the border on the bottom is ½ inch.  This adds weight to the image while giving the framed piece a unique effect.