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White mat boards come in a variety of shades with different archival properties

Choosing the Right White

Porcelain. Frost. Ice. Igloo. When it comes to mat boards, there’s a rainbow of white hues to choose from. And artists and others who work with color know that white shades are incredibly varied, ranging from pure-fallen snow to rich cream.

When choosing a white mat board for your next project, there are several factors to consider.

Are the colors in your artwork cool or warm? If they’re warm, you’ll want to lean toward whites with warm-colored undertones like pink, orange, red and yellow. If they’re cool, consider cooler whites with undertones of blue, purple or green.

Cool Whites

Cool white mat boards make a great complement to clear  and deeply saturated colors, lending a clean look to any design while offering a sharp contrast between the mat and the art. Black and white photographs, floral art, and artwork with heavy or bright colors tend to look best with cooler bright white mat boards.

Warm Whites

Sepia-toned photos, beach and autumn scenes, or any image with a strong yellow undertone usually calls for a warmer off-white or creamier white.

Below, we’ve listed our white mat boards, from cool to warm and smooth to textured to help you easily make your selection.

General Purpose

Cool    E4709 Extreme White, white core, smooth
            E4754 Porcelain, white core, slight texture
            754 Porcelain, cream core, slight texture
Warm CB402 White, cream core, smooth      


Cool   CS9613 Super White, white core, smooth
            8260 Ice White, white core, smooth 
            CS9902 White Art, black core, smooth
            8262 Polar White, white core, smooth
            8463 Spanish White, white core, smooth
            8463.6 Spanish White 6 Ply, white core, smooth 
            8740.8 White 8 Ply, continuous core, smooth
            8740 White, continuous core, smooth
            8466 Frost, white core, slight texture
            8465 Igloo, white core, smooth
            8465.6 Igloo 6 ply, white core, smooth
            8464 Matte White, white core, smooth
            8559.6 Photo White 6 Ply, white core, smooth
            8467 French White, white core, texture
            8486 Arabian White, white core, slight texture
Warm CS5632 Warm White, white core, heavy texture

Conservation Museum Rag

Cool     907-4 Perfect White, continuous core, smooth
             907-8 Perfect White 8 Ply, continuous core, smooth
             8655 Pure White, continuous core, smooth
             8653.8 Pure White 8 Ply, continuous core, smooth
             8660.8 White 8 Ply, continuous core, smooth
             900-4 White, continuous core, smooth
Warm  900-8 White 8 Ply, continuous core, smooth
Once you narrow your selection to a few possibilities, we recommend ordering samples so you can see the true mat color in person. We offer up to 5 free samples or you can purchase an entire set of samples.
Need more help choosing the right shade of white? Consult our in-house framing experts.   


November 29, 2019
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