If you’re fascinated by art but don’t have the budget to support your fascination, it’s likely that at some point you’ve thought about decorating your home with art prints. Art prints are the best way to give your boring walls an appealing makeover without spending a fortune. One of the most important things to consider when buying art prints, is whether to choose canvas or paper (posters). Both materials have their own strengths and weaknesses, and it’s up to you to decide what you like better. To help you with your decision, here’s how canvas art prints and posters compare.
A canvas print is a reproduction that most closely resembles the original artwork, considering it’s made from the same material as a painting is. It also matches original artworks in terms of quality. Considering canvas is a more durable material opposed to paper, printers usually use more expensive inks that make the colours and details pop. The inks used in canvas art prints are usually UV resistant and do not fade like the inks used on paper.
Once the print is completed, it is coated with a special water-resistant sealer to keep it protected. So, even if you run water over a canvas print and nothing will happen. The sealer also protects the print from dust, dirt, and scratches. In other words, canvas art prints are designed to last for years and years without fading or losing any of their appeal. Considering the quality and durability of these prints, it’s easy to understand why many art collectors love them.
Printing on paper is a cheap and quick way to reproduce an artwork and many homeowners looking for a temporary statement piece opt for them. Posters might cost a fraction of the price of canvas prints, but they also last a fraction of the time canvas prints do. So, if you’re planning to keep your wall décor around for years, posters might not be the best choice. But if you’re looking for a temporary statement piece which you’ll replace after a few seasons – go ahead.
By keeping your poster framed and protected by glass, you can prolong its life to more than just a few seasons. Plus, the frame itself can also add a beautiful decorative accent to your space. You can choose a sleek plastic frame for a modern space, or an engraved wooden one for more traditional settings. And finally, black and white art looks much better on posters than on canvas prints, as the matted paper gives it a more dramatic finish.