The Best Artful Accent: Photo Finish

Martha Stewart Living, April 2010

Our decorating editors love a touch of the unexpected, and this rainbow of colorful mats is a prime example. 

Use the technique to bring a bit of zip to a collection of black-and-white images. Try old family photographs or convert color ones to black-and-white, and then unify the group with slender, gallery-style black frames. 

When composing a layout, don't be afraid to design around an existing wall feature; our grid is arranged around a sconce. The overall effect is attention-grabbing and a surefire way to brighten a room.

Where to Find
These precut mats with 8-by-10-inch openings come in 30 colors and cost $19 for eight. Mats, worldviewpic.com; frames, potterybarn.com.

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