Passe-partout is a piece of thick cardboard that frames the main image and serves as a connecting element between it and the frame. Passepartout helps to beat the picture, make it more expressive, emphasize the desired details. In addition, passe-partout is used in the design of creative compositions — drawings, sketches, embroideries, diamond mosaics, children’s crafts.
General shades of the picture are recommended when choosing the tone of the passe-partout. You can not use a color that strongly matches the decor of the room (the color of the walls, furniture, textiles) — the picture should delicately fit into the interior, but does not become a simple part of it. In this case, the image is «lost» among the furniture. When choosing the color of the passe-partout, remember:
1. Black and white paintings and photographs go well with gray, white, black mats.
2. Color images can be supplemented with both black and white and color mats.
3. In museums and galleries, neutral white, milky and light shades are usually preferred — this is considered the best option. The passe-partout can match the color of the secondary color or be slightly darker/lighter than the main color. Traditionally, the lightest shade of the work is determined and a passe-partout is chosen a little darker than it.
4. In most cases, the composition looks more advantageous if the frame and passe-partout are made in different colors.
If you are in doubt about the choice, a bright field surrounding the image will be a good option. Thus, the accents will remain intact, and the picture will seem to be illuminated from the inside. Additionally, the frame will be highlighted, which will be perceived as a separate element. Dark mats, on the contrary, make the image move away, slightly pushing it into the background. Bright options look good with modern images, providing contrast between the pattern and the passe-partout.