I have a lot of Ikea Ribba frames hanging in my house -- they are great for prints, postcards, and other items. (I just counted and there are 19 of them on my walls. CLEARLY I NEED MORE!!!!!!!!!!! Tomorrow is an Ikea shopping spree/meatball day 4-sure.)
However, one thing has always bugged me about them....
The white mats included with the frame are actually off-white. Usually, this is not a problem because I am lazy and cheap (i.e., I'm not going to Aaron Brothers Art Mart and getting custom mats made when a perfectly good, if moderately discolored, one comes with the frames).
But, let's be honest: when you have a white-white frame, a print with a lot of white-white, and then an off-white mat, it looks strange. Here is Exhibit A, a cute print from Etsy hanging in my son's bedroom:
Ok, now I noticed that the mat is not just the wrong color, it is also boring. So it's got that going for it as well. Also, I am a bad photographer because the walls in this room are actually light blue.
ANYHOO, I solved this SERIOUS PROBLEM with a can of spray paint and 2 minutes in the garage. I now present Exhibit B:
Much better, right? I mean, except for the part where it's glaringly obvious that the mat is a tad too wide for the print? UGH. I guess I WILL be going to Aaron Brothers Art Mart to get a custom mat to put just inside this Spa Blue one. I think having a quarter inch of navy or dark teal would be a vast improvement.
Also, I want to assure you that this technique works on the black Ribba frames as well! I knew you would be wondering about that! Here is one that I spray painted Key Lime:
OK then! See you tomorrow at Aaron Brothers! I'll be the one with lingonberry jam stains on my shirt.