Note: Picture frame mats should always be wider than the frame mouldings surrounding them.
The Golden Ratio: A centuries-old artistic precept
For centuries, the Golden Ratio has led to incredibly beautiful results. First discovered in nature’s design of flower petals, pine cones, and sea shells, the Golden Ratio was applied in the Pyramids of Giza, the Parthenon in Greece, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, even in today’s Pepsi logo.
Mathematically speaking, the ratio is 1:1.618.
In framing, the Golden Ratio suggests that for the most visually appealing results, a frame’s dimensions should be 1.618 times the size of the artwork it holds.
Example: For 11" x 14" artwork, multiply the length and width by 1.618, for a frame size of 17.8" x 22.7". Round up to 18" x 23" (or get even more exact, thanks to our PrecisionCut™ technology) and you have the ideal dimensions of a frame for an 11" x 14" image.
Golden Ratio: An example