Choosing the perfect Piece of Art

Choosing Canvas Prints:

I love canvas prints because they are an easy and affordable way to change the look of your walls.  They weigh less than conventional frames and they don’t need glass for protection. Easy to hang, easy to clean!  These basically frameless pieces create windows into scenes and blends with almost all types of interior design. 

So, you have decided to incorporate canvas prints in your home.  But how do you go about finding the right canvas wall art, where do you hang it, and what size should you choose? Artwork is a great way to express yourself and bring out your personality in your home and canvas prints might just be the missing element you need to transform your space.  Choose what you like and think of what mood you want to set?  I love the fact that we can all own beautiful art pieces to hang in our homes – with canvas art this is possible as it is an inexpensive way to hang art as opposed to authentic pieces.  And what a bonus - canvas outlasts paper because of the durable plain weaving.  Add stylish visual aesthetics the simple way with canvas art to transform your walls.  Choose what you like, and keep in mind to match the style of your room.  As a start you can invest in at least one significant or oversized piece that you know you will love for years to come.  Canvas prints last longer than paper prints as they can fight the elements of nature.

Some Things to Consider When Choosing Your Canvas Print:

Colour Scheme:

You want your piece to stand out, and creating contrast is a great way to do this.  Maybe your room has a neutral colour scheme – choose a colourful print that will stand out and add a dramatic effect.  Or perhaps your room is already colourful?  Then I would suggest a piece with minimal colours providing a nice break in the room.  You could also use colours that match the colours in your rooms but do this by using different tones of the same colour.

 

Theme:

There are so many different styles that you can choose from; landscapes, flowers, abstract prints or perhaps a print from one of your favourite artists?  Do be sure that your chosen piece does not clash with the theme of your chosen space.  With canvas art you have the freedom to customise your piece to match your taste and preference with your choice of design and size.

 

Popular Canvas Art Prints:

Modern:  These include bold colours, unique shapes and modern designs

Family Photo:  Family portraits, family holidays and family reunions

Abstract:  Perfect for modern or minimalistic interiors

Landscapes:  Landscape photos look great on canvas

Inspirational Quotes:  Print your favourite quotes on canvas to hang throughout your home

Layouts:

A single large canvas looks great as a statement piece, and you can also hang these in smaller spaces where more than one piece would feel crowded.  For a large wall with enough room, consider creating a multi-panel layout – use two or three or even ten canvas prints.  If you are having trouble deciding, I suggest that you start with a large piece, which can include an oversized piece of wall art – this is a great way to create a visual focal point.

 

Shapes:

And of course, canvas art prints come in different shapes and sizes:

Square: Equal lengths for each side. You can use these in a grid layout or use multiple canvases on one wall. 

Rectangular:  When two sides of the canvas are longer or shorter than the other two.  These are great for filling gaps in an asymmetrical layout.  Rectangle canvases are the most popular shapes people go for.

 

Hexagon: Six sided polygons.  This unique canvas shape works great as a statement piece in a special space or as a clustered piece in a honeycomb-like pattern of canvas prints.

If you do not want to conform to the standard shapes and sizes, you could purchase specially sized canvases, or you could stretch your own canvas in any size and shape you like.  But this can be an expensive choice and challenging to hang.

 

Sizes:

If you don’t know where to start, I find that choosing a larger piece is the easy way to start. As your space starts to evolve, pieces will add up and your home will be decorated to your preferences.  Some tips to keep in mind:

  • Pictures should not be more than two thirds longer than your couch
  • Photos should be at least 15 centimetres above the edge of your furniture
  • Small pieces of art can fill a big space by grouping pieces together.
  • Works by the same artist complement each other well
  • Consider the height of ceilings when choosing size.

 

Oversized:  An oversized piece of wall art will act as a focal point in your chosen space.  These pieces are at least 100 centimetres in length or greater.  Do take measurements of your space, making sure the wall will accommodate your art piece. 

Large:  80 to 100 cm in length; large wall art could serve as a centrepiece or be balanced on either side with mini or small pieces.  One to two large pieces per room is quite standard.

Medium:  60 – 70 cm long.  This size canvas looks great when you group them together.  Keep the space symmetrical when you add medium wall hangings.

Small:  Perfect for hanging above shelving, pieces of furniture and on short walls.  These pieces are 45 to 59 centimetres in length.  Try to group these pieces in three to six hangings.

Mini:  Only 25 to 44 centimetres, these are the smallest pieces.  

Some Interesting Facts on Canvas Prints:

  • Canvas prints are images printed from an inkjet printer onto canvas.
  • You can choose between a frameless or a framed canvas print – you can mix framed and unframed art together in a wall collage.
  • The printed image is permanent
  • No glare or reflection with photo prints
  • Durable, long lasting and light in weight
  • You can choose between a glossy or matte finish
  • Canvas provides a textured look that adds colour depth
  • Canvas prints are the highest quality of art reproductions
  • Canvas produces colours more accurately than other types of prints
  • Comes with a protective coating which is water-resistant, protects the print from UV rays, and keeps your art free from fingerprint smudges
  • Can be cleaned with a light damp cloth or artist brush – dry the canvas in sunlight

 

And best of all – canvas prints have a life span of at least 100 years!