Painting, canvas print and wall art buying guide

Painting, canvas print and wall art buying guide

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Looking to liven up your interior and really make it your own? There's no better solution than investing in a few decorative pieces and that includes sprucing up your walls with some art. From paintings and canvas prints to murals and gallery walls, follow our guide to find the perfect wall art for your home.

Important features

  • Canvas prints
  • Acrylic paintings
  • Dimensions
  • Colours and themed art
  • Layout
  • Hanging method
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Your choice of wall art will come down to your personal preferences and decorative vision for the space. Among the most common options are hand-painted acrylic paintingsand canvas prints. As a reminder, a canvas print consists of an image that is printed onto a canvas which is then fixed over a wooden frame.

Painting dimensions

Before settling on your wall print or painting, you should determine where you want to put it. Once you've chosen a spot, it will be easier to define what size of canvas is needed. To make sure your space feels well-balanced, it's important to centre your choice of wall art properly. If you have a big empty space to fill, avoid picking smaller pieces as they will appear out of proportion with the room. Instead, opt for a large painting that will act as a centrepiece.

Colours and themed art

Of course, the painting or print you end up choosing will depend on the design of the room. It's important to make sure that whatever piece you pick matches your furniture and the rest of your existing décor. If your room mainly features neutral colours, you can liven things up by selecting bright and colourful art. On the other hand, it's best to go for paintings that use soft tones if they are to be hung in a bedroom. You can also choose from a range of different themes depending on the room you are decorating; abstract, landscape, zen-style art or kitchen-themed paintings can all be interesting options!

Painting layouts

In addition to picking the art itself, you can also decide how you want to arrange your wall décor:

  • 1 painting per wall: decorate your wall with a single large painting;
  • Triptych or polyptch prints: three- or four-panelled artwork can provide a sense of flow to a room;
  • Gallery wall: one wall can be entirely covered with paintings in different styles and sizes.
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Generally speaking, paintings are hung using fixing plugs which are used to attach a hook, an eyebolt or a simple screw to the wall. The type of fixing plug you need will depend on the surface you're dealing with (i.e. hollow or solid materials). More often than not, you will either need a standard expansion plug (designed for solid materials) or a hollow wall anchor (designed for hollow materials). 

With the exception of plasterboard – in which case you can use a self-drilling plug to hang your painting – you will need to use a drill to drill a hole in the wall. Eyebolts and hooks do not require the use of a drill if you are hanging a painting on a wooden surface. If you're looking to hang several paintings or find a precise spot, such as the centre of a wall, you will have to take some measurements using a tape measure. Once you've found the right position, drill into thewall using the correct drill speed and bits for the task. Depending on the surface, you may have to use a drill with hammer mode (note that this is not necessary for plasterboard, brick or wood). Finally, clean out the dust using a vacuum cleaner.

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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 235 guides

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Redo a roof with wooden beams? Check.Advise Mister everybody in the DIY shop? Check.Redo the bathroom plumbing? Check.Fit together, build the walls, paint a partition, throw my hammer in a rage thinking that it will fix the problem? Check. The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job! What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!

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