Well, double or single is more accurate. There’s a lot to consider when ordering a matboard, so today we’re going to go over one of the first things to consider. Do you want a single mat, or a double mat? First, let’s be clear what we’re referring to.
A single mat is just that- a single layer of matting. A double mat adds a second layer of color around the openings or openings in the mat. See the example below
One thing to clarify about the colors. Since our mats are bevel cut, the color of the core will show as a thin line around each opening. White is the most common core color, but we carry black and cream (standard) cores as well.
This is different from creating a double mat. The bottom mat of a double mat is much thicker and can come in any color we carry. And of course, the bottom mat has a core of its own that will show.
Single mats work well for most projects. You tend to see the more frequently. Having only the single layer keeps your cost down, which is one thing in their favor. By keeping the color the mat core in mind, it is still possible to create very striking mats.
However, a double mat adds a lot of pop to your piece. With two possible colors, you have more options. You could match both colors to different aspects of your piece. You could provide a transition from your piece to a frame of a different color. You could have your team’s colors in a matboard for anything sports related. The amount of the bottom mat that shows is called the reveal, and you can make this larger to give a different
Double mats can also create a little more distance between the glass and your piece. The aesthetic effect is minimal, but it can give other options when framing. Larger items like plaques and medals, can sit on the bottom mat of special cut double mats, to make them easier to mount and display.
Hopefully this give you a better idea of what double mats are, and how to use them.