Canvas prints and artwork have become increasingly popular as a great way to decorate your home or office. The stretched canvas prints project an art gallery-like effect as the prints jump out of the wall and create excellent depth perception and viewing pleasure. With so many canvas print options to choose from, however, it can be overwhelming and challenging to know what to order and how best to decorate your walls.
1) Complement the Theme or Mood of Your Room:
Understanding a room’s purpose and attributes is important before choosing a canvas print. Is the room private, or is it used to entertain guests? Is the room used for relaxing or performing tasks, or is it just a hallway? Is the room large, narrow or tall? These are clues that will help to determine the type of canvas art that will complement the color and scale of a room.
2) Understand the Psychology Between Neutral and Vibrant Colors:
Neutral colors are calming, while vibrant colors bring excitement and action to a room. For example, you might choose brilliant blue colors for a fast-paced office, lively yellow colors for a children’s room or art studio, and neutral beige and mellow green colors for a quiet retreat room or a doctor’s office.
3) Landscape Art Opens Up Small Spaces:
Sunsets, landscapes and canvas art portraying distant horizons are a great way to open up a smaller space visually. The view of a horizon and/or vanishing images act as a sort of “window” that gives the impression of a faraway vista, making a small room feel more comfortable and appear much larger.
4) Print Size Should Depend on Wall Size:
It is best to choose smaller canvas prints for narrow walls and larger canvas prints for big walls and spaces. A large print on a small wall makes the print feel overwhelming and the room seem smaller, while a small canvas print on a large wall makes the room feel disproportionate and empty.
5) Canvas Print Selections Should Be Based on Expected Furniture Pairings:
The theme and size of your canvas print should be based on the furniture you plan to hang the print next to or over. When wall art is hung over a piece of furniture, the print size should be no longer than the width of the furniture.
6) Choosing the Best Canvas Print for You Depends on How You Plan to Use Your Canvas Art:
Some of the most popular canvas print types are standard wrap, gallery wrap, black sides, and triptychs. While each canvas type is excellent and looks amazing on any wall, the choice of which one is best for you depends on various factors.
7) Mantles and Shelves are Great Ways to Display Art:
Canvas prints do not need to be hung above furniture or stand alone on a wall. Mantles and art shelves are also a great way to present art. Canvas prints can be set on the mantle or shelf-top and leaned against the wall (such as above a fireplace), set onto a shelf with other decorative objects, or hung on the wall over the shelf or mantle.
8) Arrangements Add a New Dimension to Decorating:
A common arrangement method is to align several prints next to each other to fill up space across a wall. Typically, these prints share a similar motif or design pattern for a consistent theme, but unlike triptychs, each print is unique.
9) Decorate Using an Odd Number of Prints:
Choosing an odd number of prints helps to create a symmetrically appealing design with both central and peripheral focal points, but it is important that the artwork is balanced to fit the size of the wall and the room.
10) Viewing Pleasure is Maximized When Art is Hanging at an Optimal Height:
Canvas prints should be hung where the central point of the image or grouping is at eye-level for the average person, which is approximately 60-65 inches from the floor. However, there are other factors to consider when choosing height.