This is probably among the top questions we get asked often — What type of prints should I choose? Should I pick paper prints or canvas prints? What will look great on my wall?
It appears many of you are still confused about this. So, in this post, I’ll address the pros and cons of canvas prints and hopefully, after reading this, you’ll be able to decide for yourselves.
You know, there are mainly four types of prints. The basic one printed on printing paper, the medium one printed on synthetic archival type paper and the high quality ones printed on canvas. And then there are even more expensive options in metal and acrylic.
Here is why…
Canvas prints are classy
Would you like a classic painterly look on your wall? Then you will definitely love the textured finish of canvas prints. The canvas prints are based on advanced inkjet printing and they look almost like original paintings. You could even feel the clean brush strokes when you print paintings onto a canvas. Because of nature of canvas, every canvas print has a textured look. This textured look and the matte coating reflects less light and as a result, you will enjoy a glare-free view similar to that of an original painting.
Not only that, canvas prints are the highest quality of art reproductions available. The colour absorption in canvas is much better than that of paper. This gives them a softer, pleasing look. By using archival ink and high quality canvases, these types of art prints offer an accurate reproduction of original art.
You can make larger prints on canvas
How large you want your print to be? If you are thinking about using paper prints, you may not be able to develop an art print beyond certain size. That’s because; there is a limit to how large a paper print can go.
For a paper print to look better, it should be of at least 300 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) resolution. Otherwise, your print will look pixelated.
But, you can relax this limit with canvas prints. Because of the difference in colour absorption, you can print larger sizes of canvas prints even at lower resolution.
In other words, you won’t notice any difference in quality with canvas prints printed at double the size and half the resolutions of paper prints. (Say 150 PPI in this case.)
So, if you are thinking about hanging a large fine art print, canvas prints are the ones you should buy!
Canvas prints produce better colours
Do you know museum curators prefer canvas prints over other kinds of prints?
That’s because canvases produce colours more accurately than other types of prints. And there’s a reason for it.
Printing on to canvas require specialised skills and only professionals in the field has the knowledge and experience to make a quality print. The pros use better quality products for printing – wide gamut canvases, specialised fast reacting solvent inks and top of the line printers. As a result – you get a carefully produced, higher quality, rich in colours print that last generations.
On top of that, each canvas print has a specialised coating that protects the print from dust and moisture. This coating also works as an anti glare film reducing light reflection – making it more enjoyable to view even under light – resulting in vivid and bright art reproductions with better colours.
Canvas prints are easy on decor
Canvas prints are an easy and affordable way to change the look of your walls. You can decorate your home with canvas prints mainly in two ways. Either by framing it as you normally do or by stretching it on to a wooden frame.
The stretched, gallery wrapped frames weigh less than conventional frames as they don’t need glass or any kind of protection keep them safe. Because of this, these canvas art pieces are easy to hang on the wall and are also easier to clean.
These almost frame-less presentation creates a window into the scene and easily blends with almost all types of interior design. Since there are no mats or borders to these art pieces, the entire size fills with artwork giving a unique visual appearance.
You can also decorate your wall with multi panel canvases made by splitting a single panoramic artwork to multiple parts. The size and number of these panels depends on the size of your wall. They are also perfect to lift the mood of your home. They can be a great focal point art pieces on the walls above a living room sofa or a fireplace mantle.
It’s super easy to clean canvas prints
No matter how well you have maintained you home, dust will settle and spiders would make a mess on these prints. Then, you need to clean your fine art collection.
That said, you don’t have to worry too much about cleaning a canvas print. Because, cleaning canvas prints are very easy.
The canvas prints come with a kind of protective coating. This water-resistant coating layer protects the art from harmful UV rays and to a certain extent from dust and other atmospheric particles. This layer also keeps your art free from fingerprint smudges.
When you clean a canvas art print, you can simply use a light damp cloth or an artist brush to remove the dirt from the surface. Once cleaned, you can even dry the canvas in sunlight.
But, the same would be damaging with paper-based prints, as it might dampen the paper and fade its colour. So, once again you can see that canvas prints are a better buy for your wall.
Canvas prints are lot more durable
When you buy something for your home, you want it to last long, right? The canvas prints are a perfect match for this purpose.
There are two types of canvas used for printing. One based on 100% cotton (similar to original canvas paintings) and a new type based on plastic compounds that are similarly durable.
Both of these are better at fighting the elements of nature and therefore last longer than normal prints on paper.
That’s not the only advantage of using canvas prints. They don’t fade like normal paper. Have you noticed regular paper turning yellow when they are long exposed to nature? Well, that takes longer with regular canvas prints and don’t happen at all with plastic based canvas prints.
So what we have learned here?
Canvas prints are lot more durable than paper based prints. And interestingly, just about every canvas-manufacturing company has come to same conclusion – that canvas prints have a life of 100+ years.
Now, should you go for canvas prints?
After reading so far, you may be of the notion that canvas prints are a better choice. That cannot be true always. It depends. Your choice can be affected by many factors — type of artwork you want to print, your budget, your tastes and preferences, wall size and location where you want to keep this artwork and finally the interior design of your home.
Some of these reasons should be obvious. For others, let me explain. Let’s say, you want to print photographs on canvas — this is usually not recommended. Because of the textured matte finish, photographs printed on canvas can be distracting to some people. So, if you are the one who like the glossy smooth finishes, then canvas print is not for you. On the other hand, if you want your art reproduction to look almost like the original, you should go with a canvas print.
Now let’s talk about interior design. It’s not commonly recommended to blend existing wall art with canvas art. On a wall with framed wall art, adding a stretched canvas would spoil the mood. Same is the true, if you already have an original art on your wall – they don’t match well together. Likewise, If your home has a minimalistic look, you should stay away from colorful canvases. For those homes, framed black and white art are perfect. Along the same lines, if your home has traditional Indian interior design, colorful stretched canvases would be a better choice. Ofcourse, there can be exceptions – it all finally depends on your existing decor.
It does not end with interior design – the room size can also affect your selection. For example, if your house has smaller rooms, canvases are usually not recommended. Because, smaller rooms tend to have limited wall size and shorter viewing distances — both of which are important for a canvas art to turn up spectacular. For those homes, framed prints are the best alternative choice.
And lastly, your budget. Canvas prints are usually 5-15 times more expensive to produce than a normal paper prints. So, if you are looking for an affordable solution to decorate your wall, you may want to ditch canvas and to go for paper prints. But, if you want to personalise your space with something unique, grand and long lasting, you should pick canvas prints.
It’s your turn now…
Are you convinced that canvas prints offer better value for your money? What other factors make canvas prints preferable to other kinds of prints? If you were given a choice, would you prefer canvas prints? Share your thoughts with us via comments.