What is a picture mount?
A picture mount is the coloured card border that surrounds the image before being fitted inside a picture frame.
A mount serves two main purposes:
- The card mount, typically around 1.4mm to 2.2mm thick, spaces the artwork from the glazing and prevents the artwork from sticking to the glazing should any moisture get inside the frame. Any valuable or irreplaceable artwork should always be spaced from the glazing to prevent the potentially catastrophic damage that could occur if the image sticks to the glazing.
- In the huge majority of cases, a card mount will visually enhance the artwork by spacing it from the frame to draw attention to the image. Different mount colours, or combination of mount colours, can be used to emphasise certain elements of the images.
What are the rules on border widths?
If you are utilising an existing frame, the border widths will be determined by the frame and image size. However, we recommend the border is always wider than the frame moulding to ensure a good balance between the two, and never less than 30mm regardless of the frame moulding width.
For a double mount, we recommend the bottom layer(reveal) is set at 5mm.
“Weighting a mount” is a term used when the mount is wider at the bottom. Having the border wider at the bottom can help balance the visual impact of the framed artwork. Typically this design attribute is only used on large pieces or panoramic sizes.
Number of Apertures and Layouts
Mounts can be cut with any number of apertures, with the most common being one aperture for a single piece of artwork.
Multi apertures can be cut so multiple images based around the same subject or event can be displayed in a single framed picture. Layout and sizes are endless, but can all be designed on our website.
You can also add a title box under the main aperture, which can display some printed text with details about the artwork.
Mount boards come in a variety of colours, with white and off white being by far the most popular as they suit most artwork and decor without overpowering it. White core mount boards are a solid white core board with the coloured facia paper adhered to the board.
Many years ago, mount boards were manufactured using a board which turned yellow over time. However, you will find that most reputable picture framers now use acid free white core board as a bare minimum, which means the core will not change colour, and they are much less likely to cause any damage to the artwork.
The mount colours shown below are the HEX colour codes of the actual mount boards which have been scanned using a spectrophotometer to get the best colour code match. Unfortunately the setting of your screen/device will alter the visual representation of the mount colour you are viewing. You shouldn’t expect an exact match, but in our opinion the colours shown offer an excellent representation of the actual product.