So, you ordered your own canvas after finding the perfect photo and being inspired from these posts. Now comes the most daunting, but the most exciting part: how to display your new canvas!
With our canvas prints, you have two options for how to display them. The first option you have is to just set them on a tabletop, bookshelf or a nightstand. Our smaller framed prints (I’d say up to about an 8×10) have a 1.75” base that makes them great for rounding out any vignette!
Your second option to display your canvases is to hang them on your wall. Lucky for you, all of our canvas prints come ready to hang with saw-tooth brackets on top and clear plastic bumpers on the bottom corners to protect your walls. All you need to do is hammer in a nail!
If you’re hanging a larger canvas, especially if it’s framed (because they’re heavier), I would recommend using a wall anchor and a screw. It would be a shame to have a beautiful framed 24×36 canvas come crashing down in your living room in the middle of the night because the nail couldn’t hold it. Just a word of caution!
Now all that’s left is to arrange your prints on the wall! Of course, most of our canvas prints would look great on their own, but I’m partial to gallery walls with different sizes and a mix of framed and unframed canvases. Some people get a little scared with the words “gallery wall” but it doesn’t have to be anything fancy! There are no set rules for what makes a good or bad gallery wall, so it’s really just all about what speaks to you.
There are a few tips that I’d like to give you, and the first is related to the images you choose. If you plan on making a gallery wall in one sitting (not adding in new images over time), I would choose images that have a similar theme. Maybe it’s all images of your kids, or maybe they’re all pictures you took from your trip to Europe last year.
For the best galleries, I would recommend using 3-5 canvas prints in varying sizes. If you only want to print 2 canvases, I would print them in the same size and format (framed or unframed) so they look more like twins than awkward cousins.
Another tip I would give you, especially if you’re printing an odd number of canvases, is to layout your prints in an asymmetrical shape instead of a shape that’s linear or square. Mixing up where the edges of your canvases meet will help to create visual interest. Believe it or not, our brain prefers looking at asymmetrical things more than symmetrical ones!
Once you have all your prints ready and your wall picked out, try arranging them on the floor in front of the wall they’re going on. Arranging them first on the floor will help you avoid unnecessary holes in your wall.
My final piece of advice is to hang the top third of your canvases at eye level. If you’re doing a large gallery wall with different sized canvases, make the biggest canvas at eye level and scatter the smaller ones around it. I think a lot of people get scared that they’re hanging something too low, but most people I know are shorter rather than taller, so when in doubt I’d say hang it a little lower on your wall. On a standard 8” ceiling, somewhere between 5” and 6” is probably a good range for hanging.
I am a sucker for gallery walls, so if you make one after reading this post I’d love to see it! Tag us on Instagram @snapboxprints and use #freeyourphotos so that I can take a look. And if you haven’t printed any of your photos yet, we’re having a great sale that you can take advantage of! This is the last weekend to take advantage of the discounted pricing, so get in those orders while you still can. If you liked any of the gallery wall layouts found in this post, I’ve created a document for you that has the sized printed, the distance between each print, and the final dimensions of the entire gallery wall, so that you can recreate the look in your own home! Click here to check that out. And if you want to read the rest of the canvas series that you may have missed, click here.
I hope all of this information will help you guys display your own prints without fear! If you have any questions about any of the tips I gave, let me know in the comments below and I’ll get those answered for you guys.