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5 things to know about Photo Mounts UK

 

All you need to know about mounts

Some people refer to them as Picture Mounts others as Photo Mounts - it makes no difference - they are the same thing. The only thing you should always insist on are mounts that are 'Conservation Standard', 100% acid FREE and adhere to the FATG - Fine Art Trades Guild

 

1. How wide should a Picture Mount be?

It's all down to personal taste but a wide mount can make your artwork impressive.

This is because wide mounts can help draw focus to the subject giving a look like you would  see in a gallery. On small artwork, a wide mount can give the impression of added importance / value.

With larger artwork, using a wide mount will help keep the balance of the subject, so everything seems in proportion.

 

2. Weighting the mount size

You may want a mount cut so that the top and bottom sizes are different. You normally do this when the subject is extra-large or long - again this is down to personal preference and style. If the focal point is near the bottom then you may want to consider making the mount bottom area larger. This gives a feeling of support and makes it aesthetically more pleasing.

When ordering Cadremont Mounts you can just specify this in the notes area and we will cut it accordingly

 

3. What colour mount should I use

 

You dont use to tell you that different colours will change the look and appearance of your artwork in many ways.

A darker colour will control the image whilst a lighter / white mount will tend to amplify it.

The rule of thumb tends to be lighter coloured mounts will open up a picture and can make it seem larger. Using a darker coloured mount can sometimes make the image seem smaller. Personally speaking when using black & white pictures they always look great with white.

Sometimes it is a good idea to colour co-ordinate - so have a white top mount and pick a dominant colour from your artwork (or from the room in which it will be displayed) and choose that as your bottom mount colour

NB It's good advice that if going light -  pick a mount colour no lighter than the lightest colour on your work and vice versa and it should look great.

 

4. Picture Mount - Single - Double Extra Thick or Bespoke - what's best ?

There are no rules here - you pick what you think best but here's some advice

Single Mounts

If you decide on just a single mount maybe using a neutral colour eg White or Ivory. Using these type of tones will help enhance your work.  There are no rules here - you pick what you think best

Double Mounts

Double munts are effective at adding depth as well as colour co-ordinating. We see this very in evidence with weddings - if the bride & groom have a certain colour theme in the dress and flowers etc - then this colour can be used as the bottom and it is very very effective. The same applies to any painting or photograph.

Extra Thick Mounts

These are - as you may have guessed - one mount that is extra thick. Cadremont cut all mounts at a 45 degree angle - something that other mount sellers cant seem to do - as we haven’t seen them.  Using this angle - it really does give a gravitas to the piece.  We do these in White or slightly off white only.

Bespoke Picture Mounts

We like to try different styles and designs which is why we offer a 'Pinstripe Mount' -  comprises of a 2.6mm thick white or cream conservation whitecore mount board, with a 3mm pinstripe of any colour an inch away from the aperture.

We also have a 'Ribbon Mount' - comprises of a 1.4mm conservation whitecore mount, with a 5mm ribbon strip an inch away from the aperture. Any colour combination available

 

5. Measuring Guide

Although Picture Frames tend to be in general sizes when it comes to the mount aperture size this is down to individual choice. The apertures listed on Cadremont are cut  ¼ inch under size. This is so the mount will fit over your artwork - otherwise it would simply fall through the aperture . For example if you have a 6x4 photo, the actual aperture size will be 5¾ x 3¾. This is usually  what people want. However we can also cut EXACTLY to the sizes you want using our precision digital machinery.

 

And there you have it - hopefully all you need to know about Picture Mounts in one easy to read document.  Any queries or questions please ask or if you know someone who would benefit from this please pass it on or share it on the usual FaceBook - Twitter etc.

 

5 things you need to know about photo mounts UK tips and helpful advice for mounting paintings, pictures and photographs