For many out there decorating their home, office, or other personal space is a task that can leave you with a headache, twenty unused catalogs, and a steep interior design bill.  While we absolutely love the designers we work with we also realize that most people want to create stunning rooms on their own not only to save money but to also have more control in the personalization of the themes, colors, and motifs.

So, for those looking to decorate on a budget but left staring at blank walls with no idea what to hang or display, here are 10 tips for selecting and hanging canvas prints – or simply wall art in general – that will add a display of rich colors and a level of intrigue to your rooms.

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  •  Select your own colors based upon existing or soon-to-be-purchased home furniture and motif.

It isn’t absolutely essential to match your furniture to the actual colors of your prints, in many cases increasing your color palette through canvas prints can add an entirely new and fresh take on what you already have, the colors must complement each other generally in either a secondary or tertiary manner with varying shades being totally acceptable.  In many of today’s more abstract trends furniture and artwork combinations consist of a combination of complementary colors and designs. For this purpose, the artwork and furniture you choose should attempt to convey a color motif that plays on darks, lights, or a combination that suggests an element like the sea or perhaps the sunset. The room’s purpose can help you select its motif.

  • Choose print themes which match your tastes

Getting canvas prints nowadays is easier than ever. You can choose from a number of subjects, including abstract as well as nature prints.  However, photo to canvas and personalized prints are also becoming increasingly popular. If you’ve taken an especially spectacular photograph or prefer to decorate your home with photographs of your loved ones instead of traditional wall art, personalized prints and photo to canvas options allow you to do so in a unique and also sophisticated way.  Coupled with many filters and effects in photo editing software or cell phones available, a seemingly bland photo can be transformed into a vintage-looking image or adjusted in any way to match the space it will hang or be displayed.

  • Think about the room’s function before selecting a print.

The print images, photos, and colors you pick for a home office, for instance, are usually a lot different than the prints you decide on for a infant’s nursery. Colors have different properties and whether you believe it or not can have huge psychological effects. Some colors, like yellow, are calming. Others, like red, are invigorating. Yellow colors and prints of yellow items in nature – sunflowers, for example – would be appropriate in a nursery. In a home office, however, abstract prints in dark blue would certainly signify professionalism and seriousness.

  • Choose the print type based on how you plan to use the prints

There are several styles of layout choices for canvas prints such as:

Gallery Style Image Wrap: The image wraps around the sides of the canvas

Gallery Style Mirror Wrap: The image also wraps around the sides of the canvas, but the sides mirror the edges of the front panel.

Gallery Style Blank Wrap: The image does not wrap around the sides of the canvas. The sides are white.

Gallery Style Black Wrap: The sides of the canvas are black but larger than in the standard black sides choice.

Gallery Style Color Wrap: The sides of the canvas are of single colors you choose, be careful to utilize complimentary colors as they will be visible to all.

You can also opt for more creative layouts for your prints, such as splitting one big image up into several smaller prints and hanging them side by side.  These are commonly called triptychs, diptychs, or for larger numbers of small prints; mosaics.  Even if your printer doesn’t have these options listed they will normally be able to make these upon request with little to no extra charge.

  • Position your prints so that they present your room with a positive light.

The way you choose to present your prints depends upon the size of the actual room and effect you are trying to give. Framing art and displaying it on mantles, bookshelves, windowsills, and tables, this helps create the feeling of a complete room by utilizing as much horizontal space as possible.  Hanging art upon the wall, in small groups, or hanging a single piece builds continuity between what is waist high and below to what is eye level or above.  It creates a sense of wholeness to the rooms atmosphere.  Letting art sit on the floor, this little trick, especially for tall or larger square pieces makes the actual room appear larger.

  • Hang prints in unusual places for great conversation starters.

Do not feel that the only method to do a print justice is actually by hanging it on a single wall that is painted to emphasize it’s colors or content.  Instead, unusual places for art often help to make that art stand out even more. For example, you may consider several pieces over an indoor balcony railing or placing a piece of canvas, under glass, and having that become your kitchen or coffee table.  The uses for canvas prints are limitless and you should not be afraid to let your imagination run wild in creating your unique room design.

  • Select art or prints to add symbolism and pay tribute to your loved ones in your home.

Many families use artwork as a way to memorialize loved ones who have passed or the achievements of family members. Personalized prints, which can include everything from graduation collages to paintings of ancestors, can do this in a sophisticated method.  It is generally a good idea to make sure whatever studio you choose will color-correct your photos first, especially if you are not a professional photographer or experienced in digital image editing, before you have them printed.  Be vary wary of anyplace that does high volumes of printing as the chances increase that your photos or personal images will be uploaded and immediately printed without regard to making adjustments for their printing equipment.

  • Pick prints which you will be comfortable with for years to come.

It is a good idea to check with current trends whenever making print selections, but also ensure you have selected images that will stand the test of time. In the event that you don’t believe you  will like them in a year or so, don’t choose them.  While not as permanent as tattoos for example, choosing the right image will not only succeed in accomplishing the goals you set for it to begin with, they can be versatile for years to come, with canvas prints lasting 100 years or more without fading.

  • Consider the entire family’s tastes when choosing prints.

Simply because you believe something works well in a room really does not mean that the individual who most frequents that room is going to like it. (Think every girl loves Barbie or boy GI Yellow-CouchJoe)  Physical space plays a big role in productivity. If you choose a print that others do not like, this may well actually keep them from getting work completed.  While this is relatively easy for rooms with fairly intricate designs and furniture such as a living room, it can be difficult to just plain impossible to do it alone (for another’s bedroom for example) without having input from them personally.

  • Try to plan room designs prior to purchasing prints.

Cut large pieces of paper the size of each print that you plan to buy, and tape them on the walls in order to ensure your room design will look perfect before your wall art.  This will also help in selecting the exact sizes or types of prints to purchase.

If you’re interested in getting some prints of your own we offer custom image and photo to canvas services here at Canvas Giclee Printing, just click “Get Started Here”  as well as a wide range of ready to print artwork and photography at The Canvas Art Gallery.