The grey tones that we chose for the mats helped to bring your eyes to where Eldridge stands in the photograph first, and then travel around the picture, picking up on many small details throughout the piece. We chose a darker "Ash" mat for the top mat with a lighter "Grey Fiori" mat for the bottom mat. This helps your focus go towards Eldridge’s dark hair and the lighter colors of his face and garments. Going too dark would have made your eye go directly to the filing cabinet in the background, which we wanted to avoid, and going too light made your eye focus on the walls in the background.
The frame we chose is a new frame from Designer Moulding. It has a soft rustic texture that angles into the piece and finishes on the outside edges with a smooth matte black to add a nice contemporary feel to the overall feeling of the piece. The texture in the frame felt like it matched well with the details and figures in the piece, helping some items that may otherwise have gotten lost in the background, become noticed and prominent.
We absolutely love the final product, and were so pleased to be able to meet Lebron and his wife, and learn about his talented brother Eldridge Hardie!