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On H&H last night Cameron designed a single room, using many framed and matted prints - just two short questions...is there a rule of thumb for how many mattes one should use in a small space, and is there a rule of thumb about a certain colour of matte with black and white prints? For example, if I wanted to do a "gallery" type of wall in a room, should one stick with a single matte and if they're all black and white, would a double matte be preferred for visual interest?

Or is it all personal preference?

Thanks, and by the way, I loved that room!!! The colours were really nice.

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I personally really like the look of double-matted prints. That's what I would go with. And I think if you want the gallery style look, you could go with all black & white prints with white double mats and either black or brushed metal frames.

A line of pictures all at one height would look good, as well as a linear grouping (maybe 4 pictures across by 3 pictures down).

And remember the rule -- hold your picture up to the wall where you think it should go, and then lower it 6 inches :-) When we moved into our house, all the nails and nail holes were about 6-7 feet from the floor -- the previous owners were either super-tall or didn't know about that rule ;-) And I think on H&H, they mentioned that "gallery height" for a picture is something like 54" from the floor to the center of the picture.

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