Goodbye gallery wall, the new trend is large art and I love it. When we first moved into our loft, we put up a gallery wall because it worked with the art we already had, it was a mash-up of my art and Andrew’s art on one wall. After 5 years I got pretty sick of it and we weren’t really in love with any of the pieces. I decided that large art is better because it looks less cluttered, creates a bold focal point in the room and overall it makes me happier and that’s the most important reason for this change.
Here’s what the gallery wall looked like.
I took down all the art you see in the photo above and left the wall white for a long time, I was going to paint a very large abstract, but I kept procrastinating plus I could never figure out exactly what I wanted until now.
I found a Canadian company that prints large art photos on canvas. BestCanvas.ca is a really affordable online shop for awesome large scale art printing (and small canvases too). I just uploaded my photos and they sent me the printed canvases a couple of weeks after.
The only hard part of this project was finding high-resolution photos that I loved. Narrowing down my selection was so hard! I didn’t purchase stock photography, because most stock photos are pretty cheesy. I also didn’t feel like printing my own photos, I’ve done that in the past and I get sick of looking at my own shots, so I went to Unsplash.com, it’s like a stock photo website, but the shots are more real and absolutely stunning, a lot of great nature shots. Best of all, the photos are 100% rights-free to use however you want, including editing them as much as you want. Thank you to all the generous photographers on there for sharing their work!
I downloaded this motel sign by Matthew Smith and did some photoshop editing to make it the pop art style I wanted. The original is on the left, it’s awesome, but I wanted it bolder and brighter.
I’m very happy with the minimalist yet bold style it adds to our living room.
The other canvas print is a drone photo of a forest by Geran de Klerk.
The inspiration behind this came from a long time love of green walls, but it’s just not in our budget to create one, so a photo was the next best thing!
This canvas print totally gives the feeling of a green wall, adding a touch of nature into our living space.
Best Canvas Prints Canada has a lot of sizes and frame options, I went with 40″ x 30″ folded edges. Since I’m a graphic designer I get pretty hung up on image quality and colours, their inks are solvent-free, won’t fade, smudge or crack, pretty impressive since their prices are also the lowest you’ll find online.
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Below I’ve gathered some inspiration of large scale artwork to help inspire you if you’re liking the idea of a big canvas print. Let me know in the comments what you’d print! A family photo? Nature scene? I’m curious to know!
Disclosure: BestCanvas.ca provided 2 free canvas prints to review for this post. All opinions are my own.