Guidelines & Advice for Successful Framing?

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Q: I need help picking frames and mats for my photographs and paintings. I find myself completely confused and never happy with my choices. Also perplexing is the size of the matting relative to the size of the painting/photo - everything I have frame ends up the same size and with a white matting and black frame. I know there is a real art to framing, do you have any tips to get me started on learning what works?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.