Fine Art Choices

When choosing art for your home, cottage or office, there are so many factors to consider, which is why I offer a number of options for each image: medium, size & frame.

Choosing the image itself is the easy part! Often times, we simply fall in love with a piece. When it comes to where you'll hang it and if it will go well with your colour palette, you can make anything work. I've seen people change their entire colour scheme just to include a piece they love. Admittedly, I am guilty of this myself!

Medium

Choosing the medium -- photographic print, gallery wrap canvas, or metal print -- seems to be an easy decision for most people. Most already know whether like the traditional look and feel of a print in a frame with glass, or if they prefer the texture and depth of canvas, or the sleek, vibrant and modern look of metal prints. If you don't fall into that category, here is some more information to help you choose:

 

Photographic print: The image is printed on luster photo paper, which is a premium-quality, resin-coated 300 gsm inkjet photo paper that will not show fingerprints or reflective glare like gloss surface papers. Its colours are rich and realistic. It's important to note that photographic prints are not ready to hang unless you ADD a frame. I do offer the option to have your print professionally framed, but you can also purchase your own frame elsewhere. The standard options I offer through my website are classic gallery frames and come in black, espresso (dark brown) or white. When framed, they come with a 3" custom cut white mat border. Keep this in mind as you choose the size of your image. There's more information about that below.

Gallery wrap canvas: Images are printed on 400 gsm heavy weight satin canvas cloth using archival quality inks with a semi matte finish. Each canvas print is hand stretched onto the finest Canadian kiln dried solid wood frame and ready-to-hang. All canvas prints 30’’ or larger are fitted with a back stretcher bar for additional support to avoid future sagging. Canvas tends to soften the details of a print slightly, offering a more artistic quality. When choosing art for more humid areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens, many will go with canvas to avoid issues such as curling or rippling of photographic paper, which is more sensitive to moisture than canvas. They are light in weight, easy to hang, and easy to maintain. Canvasses come ready-to-hang, but some feel the addition of a float frame around the canvas adds a beautiful finishing touch. Float frames come in black, espresso (dark brown) or white.

Metal print: Dye is infused directly into a specially coated, precision cut aluminum sheet (by a process known as dye sublimation) to create a stunning, HD aluminum panel. This art is ultra-durable, scratch, water and fade resistant, sleek and modern. Colours are vibrant and pop off the wall. Metal prints are the perfect choice for kitchens and bathrooms where humidity can be an issue for traditional photo paper. The panel comes ready-to-hang with a hidden wood mounting frame on the back, but an additional float frame around the piece may be added. Choose from a gloss (high gloss), matte (non-reflective) or satin (reduced glare) finish. Gloss is best for images placed in areas away from direct light, as they are highly reflective. Matte is non-reflective in nature and can be hung anywhere. Satin sits perfectly between the two ends of the spectrum.

 

Front of canvas

Fron of canvs art

Back of canvas

Back of canvas art

Hang with D-rings & wire (pictured) or sawtooth

D-ring and wire
 

Sizes

In my opinion, size is the most important choice you will make when purchasing fine art (aside from loving the image, that is!). This will ultimately determine where you can and cannot hang the piece. For example, if you choose a piece that is 36"x24", you will not be able to hang it on a wall that is only 24" wide. That is quite obvious. What's not so obvious is hanging smaller sized art in larger spaces. For example, if your sofa is 7' long, a 12"x8" piece of art hung above it would look odd. To make smaller pieces work in larger spaces, I'd recommend clustering a number of smaller pieces together -- a grouping by theme or colour can be a great way to fill the space nicely while allowing you to showcase a number of pieces you love.

It's not always easy to understand how sizes look on a wall, so I've prepared a few different examples to give you a sense of sizes in relation to one another, as well as to common room types.

The sizes I offer online are 12x8, 18x12, 24x16, 30x20, 36x24, 48x32, and 60x40. All measured in inches, as that's the standard unit of measure for art in North America.

 

These sizes are width by height because the majority of the images I offer are in landscape orientation. Why do these feel "backwards" from what you're used to? Image are commonly referred to in portrait orientation, which is height by width. So, if you are interested in any of my images that I offer in portrait orientation, you would simply "flip" these numbers (e.g. 8x12, 12x18, 16x24) to get your accurate measurements.

I do also offer custom sizes, which are perfect for places such as halls, or above headboards. Just ask me for a quoote!

Canvasses stacked by size
Canvas sizes for a living room
Canvas sizes for a bedroom
Canvas sizes for a dining room
How different sizes look in a living room
How different sizes look in a bedroom
How different sizes look in a dining room
 

Frames

Finally, frames add a beautiful finishing touch to almost any image. I am forever amazed at how images can be transformed with the simple addition of a frame. If you are choosing a traditional photographic print, you will need to frame it prior to hanging it on your wall. And while gallery wrap canvasses and metal prints come ready to hang, adding a frame gives it a more finished and sophisticated look. Online, I offer float frames for canvasses and metal prints, but at the gallery, I also offer barn board backing for canvasses, which I absolutely love!

Photographic Print Frames

Our frames are classic gallery frames made from solid wood with a satin finish. The frame is 1.25" high and 1.5" wide and available in black, espresso (dark brown) and white. All pieces are professionally framed and finished by our Canadian partner. They include a white archival mat with a standard boarder size of 3" on each side (6" total). Please note that the mat will overlap the print by approximately 1/8" on all sides. For print sizes up to 24x36, your image will be framed under non-reflective art glass.

For additional framing options, please contact Helen for a custom quote.

Black frame for prints

Black gallery frame

Espresso frame for prints

Espresso gallery frame

White frame fo prits

White gallery frame

Canvas & Metal Print Float Frames

Known as a float frame because the canvas appears to be floating inside the frame, each frame is custom made from solid hardwood and finished in the colour of your choice - black, espresso (dark brown) or white.

For additional framing options, please contact Helen for a custom quote.

Black float frame for canvasses

Black float frame

Espresso float frame for canvasses

Espresso float frame

Float frame close-up

Close up of canvas float frame