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The Sizing Guide: Large Canvas Prints

When you're working with a larger canvas size, it's important to consider both image and placement. The ideal large-scale print looks at home on your walls and adds to the décor of your space.

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Have you been daydreaming about adding some oversized canvas prints to your home? Many people are intimidated by the thought of designing a big canvas print themselves, or are worried that they won't be able to find the right space in their home. The truth is, designing and hanging a large canvas print is no different that buying a more diminutive size.

Canvas On Demand offers large photo prints on canvas that stretch up to 32x48, and you can even mix and match a few different sizes to fill an entire wall with gorgeous photos and art. When you're working with large sizes, the only limit is your imagination!

A Step-by-Step Guide to Purchasing Large Canvas Prints

When you're working with a larger canvas size, it's important to consider both image and placement. The ideal large-scale print looks at home on your walls and adds to the décor of your space. Choose the wrong size and it will quickly dwarf everything else, turning the image from a feature into an eyesore.

The following strategies and styling tips will help you ensure you can design, order, and hang your large canvas prints with ease.

large canvas print depicting family photo at sunset over a leather couch

1. Pick your spot carefully

Before you even head to our website, take some measurements of your space and find the right location for your big canvas print. In our sizing guide, we mentioned making sure that larger-scale prints didn't overwhelm the rest of the furniture and design elements in the rooms.

For example, if you're hanging a large canvas print above a couch, the canvas should stretch to a maximum of 3/4 of the width of the whole couch.

woman measuring empty wall space while young girl marks hanging spot with pencil

2. Give it room to breathe

If you're going for our largest sizes (between 24x36 and 32x48), you'll want to make sure that the wall you're choosing is large enough to fit the print with a few inches on either side. At the very least, there should be 1" of white space on each side of the print.

However, while it's important to give the print room to breathe, a print that's too small for the wall will look awkward. You can avoid this by making sure the print you choose takes up at least 60% of the width of the wall. If your wall is too large, you can order multiple prints, and mix and match to create a stunning gallery wall.

close up of a hand holding a digital camera with a photo of a black and orange butterfly on an orange flower in the display

3. Find the right photography or art print

After you've selected a place in your home for your large canvas print, the next step is picking out the photograph you want to use. Make sure it's something that you love, since you'll be looking at it a lot.

If you're opting for a large-scale print, you may want to avoid certain types of images, like close-up portraits, as they can make a space feel smaller. Instead, opt for landscapes, nature scenes, or even abstract art.

canvas wall display featuring photos of a small family in various poses hanging over a green couch in a modern living space

4. Don't be afraid to mix and match

If you're working with a large, empty wall, don't be afraid to mix and match a few different canvases to create a large-scale gallery wall. You can opt for multiples of the same size, or pick a few different sizes and create an abstract collection of images.

Nervous about picking out sizes that will work well together? Before you order, mock up a few different gallery wall layouts using painter's tape. By giving yourself an example of how it will all go together, it's easier to ensure you're ordering the correct sizes.

Choose Canvas on Demand for All Your Large Picture Printing Needs

Whether you opt for one large canvas or a few different ones to create a gallery wall, you can always find the right size and finish for your needs at Canvas on Demand. Shop our full selection of canvas sizes today to get started on your very own custom canvas print.

Since 2003, Canvas On Demand has been crafting affordable, high quality, personalized home goods that celebrate life's moments, both big and small, through the permanence of print.

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