If you have ever got anything framed with us @ the framingcentre.ie you would have been encouraged to have your item framed with a border of mount-board/ matting/passepartout. We would recommend either single, double or even triple mount with varying widths, 4cm, 5cm or 10cm, whatever would be required to show off the image to its full potential.
There are three good reasons for framing your image with a border of mount-board.
Firstly, to keep it away from the glass. If a photo for instance is up against the glass it can stick to it and we have encountered this problem a few times over the years, the photo is stuck and cannot be removed without doing damage to it. A pastel for instance needs at least a double mount to avoid the image transferring onto the glass.
Secondly, a border of mount-board is suggested to enhance the image by giving it space to breathe, 4cm, 5cm , 8,9, 10cm of white, black, red etc or whatever colour is required to do it. This makes the whole framed piece a feature in any room.
Thirdly, the mount-board border is there to protect the image, providing the mount-board is of conservation quality or museum quality. These two types of boards will not cause any brown acid stains (foxing) which a lot of pictures contain because of lesser quality boards, check out the Fine Art Trade Guild for more information on mount-board standards. A framed picture can remain in great condition for years and still look great if framed properly.
At the Framing Centre Thomas Street Limerick we will always encourage our customers to frame their items the best way possible.