Photos should exist in more than megapixels — but which is the better option, a print or a canvas? Prints are undoubtably the most popular because of their affordability, but when it comes to making a statement on your walls, canvas is often overlooked. Here’s why you should consider a canvas before you order your next photos.
Look Ma! No Glass!
With a canvas, there’s no glass in between the image and the viewer. Canvas is durable enough that it doesn’t need that protective layer. When you get rid of the glass, you also get rid of the glare. That means canvas can be viewed at any angle and hung anywhere without getting a hotspot from any nearby lights. Of course, without glass, there’s also no fingerprint smudges to wipe off either.
The sides are already wrapped.
Without a frame, there’s also no interruption between the photograph and the wall. The sides of the image wrap around the edges, offering a bit of depth without the separation of a frame. There’s no frame colors to try to match to the decor either, it’s just pure photograph.
Texture offers a sense of depth.
Canvas is much different from the smooth surface of a matte or glossy print. Canvas has a sort of texture to it, creating a small hint of depth that a print simply doesn’t have. The weave of a canvas can help bring out the colors, textures and details in an image in a way that other mediums do not simply because there’s a bit of texture to a canvas. Think about it — photos in galleries are printed on canvas because they have a certain atheistic that says more art and less snapshot.
Canvases are timeless.
Styles are constantly changing — including frame styles. Canvases are always in style, while if you order a gold-colored frame, gold may be out in a few years. The style, whether that’s the color or the design of the frame, may not be just as eye catching as the first time you hang it a few years down the road. With canvas, that’s not the case.
Canvas is not as expensive as you think.
One of the biggest reasons most choose prints over canvas is affordability — but canvas often isn’t as expensive as most people think. When you factor in the cost of buying both a frame and the print, the price of canvas has a much narrower difference, since there’s no frame needed. While those images you plan to update every year are more affordable by swapping prints out of a frame, for the timeless favorites that will grace your home for years, canvas is often only slightly more expensive when you remove the cost of buying picture frames from the equation.
Prints are more affordable, easier to hand out to friends and come in a variety of sizes — but canvas often offers a better viewing experience, creating a timeless memory for your home with no glass or frame and beautiful texture.