With all the wood paneling, I've been on a quest to make the living room brighter. In high school, I made a reproduction of an old photograph of my mother, grandmother, and grandfather, which I hand colored and matted with a black photo mat. I really love the photo, but the black mat made the room feel even darker:
So, inspired by a trick I'd seen in a Martha Stewart book, I decided to update the mat with acrylic paint to lighten up the corner of the room where it hangs, keeping a border of black around the inside of the mat to better frame the photo.
Painter's or Scotch Tape
1. Decide how much of the original mat you would like to show. Using your pencil and ruler, mark this distance at a couple of points on all sides of the frame - this will be your guide for when you put your tape down.
5. Put your photo back in the mat, put the mat back in the frame, and put the frame back on the wall - voila! Transformation completed!