Adding a mat to a custom frame is a great way to elevate and draw focus to whatever you are framing.
We cut the window opening for each mat on an angle, which creates a beveled edge around the inside. The thickness of the mat board, or ply, determines the size of that beveled edge.
Our standard mat style is 4-ply, but we also offer a thicker, 8-ply mat for a more refined and elevated look.
Along with additional colors in our standard matting, you can find 8-ply mats in a few different tones in the Advanced Options section when framing any artwork or photo:
And to help guide in choosing a mat style, read on for five reasons you may want to consider bumping up to the 8-ply mat.
8-ply mats have double the thickness of standard 4-ply mats, which gives a more pronounced depth to the beveled edge.
This creates a distinct, bold look that can add a sense of weight and gravitas to the artwork.
Both the 4-ply and 8-ply mats provide a small buffer between the artwork and the acrylic glaze, which can limit the effects of condensation and ensure that the art doesn't stick to the glass.
This is rarely a problem with the modern acrylic glaze we frame with.
However, the increased thickness of an 8-ply mat offers an even greater separation, which can be extra comfort particularly for valuable or delicate pieces.
When framing larger photos and oversize pieces of artwork, a thicker mat such as the 8-ply can be more proportionate and look more appropriate.
For something really big, a thin mat bevel can look insubstantial or even lost to the eye.
If you're framing a high-end piece or want your artwork to have a gallery-like presentation, an 8-ply mat can offer that extra touch of luxury and sophistication.
The substantial and time-honored look of an 8-ply mat can also complement traditional or vintage pieces very well, reinforcing their age and importance.
The deeper bevel of an 8-ply mat can cast a subtle shadow on the artwork, adding an additional layer of depth and dimension which can be especially attractive under certain lighting conditions.
The other way to create a shadow to add some extra drama is with our elevated float mounting style.
Floating an art print above the matting with an elevated float mount
While 8-ply mats have their advantages, there are times when a standard 4-ply mat might be preferable.
For smaller pieces, a 4-ply mat can be more proportionate and less overpowering. And artwork or photos with more modern, minimalistic vibes might look better with a thinner and more contemporary mat for a sleek and simple presentation.
Minimalist, geometric artwork framed in a white, gallery style frame and 4-ply beveled mat
In the end, the choice between 4-ply and 8-ply mats comes down to the specific artwork or photo being framed, your personal aesthetic preferences, and the intended display environment.
If you have any questions about which matting to use or want to visualize the options before making a final decision, don't hesitate to reach out. We are standing by via email or the chat bubble below to help on any of your online custom framing needs.