Best Practices For Framing and Displaying Canvas Art Prints - Practical Advice

Canvas prints can bring a room to life, adding vibrancy, character, and a touch of sophistication. To maximize their impact, careful attention must be paid to how they're framed and displayed. Here's a practical guide to help you frame and hang canvas prints in the best possible way.

Red barn canvas art print"The Good Life" Barn Canvas Art Print

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Selecting the Right Frame

In most cases, the best and more affordable frame for canvas art is the floater frame, making the canvas appear to float within its frame. Because canvas artwork has a wider depth, it's limited to fewer frame options outside of more costly custom framing. Aside from that, here are a few tips on finding the right frame for canvas art prints:

1. Match the Style: Consider the art's subject, color palette, and style, and select a frame that complements it. A minimalist frame might suit a modern piece, while an ornate frame could enhance a traditional painting. 
2. Consider the Material: Frames made from wood, metal, or composite materials each offer different aesthetics and levels of durability. Choose one that fits both the art and the room's decor.
3. Choose the Proper Size: The frame shouldn't overpower the canvas nor be too thin to support it. A general rule of thumb is to select a frame that's proportionate to the size of the canvas. If selecting a floater frame, ensure that the frame's depth matches the thickness of your canvas print before buying.

Protecting the Canvas

If you are purchasing loose or rolled canvas, you may want to frame the print under glass in a more traditional frame. So, for that, here are a few suggestions:

1. Use UV-Protective Glass: If you choose to place glass over the canvas, ensure it's UV-protective to prevent fading.
2. Add a Mat: A mat can add depth and help protect the edges of the canvas. Ensure it’s acid-free to avoid any damage to the print.
3. Avoid Moisture: Keep the canvas away from direct contact with glass or walls that may have moisture, as it can lead to mold or warping.

Hanging the Canvas

I've written up a detailed article on hanging canvas which you can find here, but let's summarize it:

1. Determine the Right Height: The center of the artwork should generally be at eye level. This usually means hanging it around 57 to 60 inches from the floor.
2. Consider the Wall Space: Balance the artwork with the surrounding furniture and wall space. It shouldn't feel too crowded or lost in a vast empty area.
3. Use Appropriate Hardware: Select hardware that can support the weight of the framed canvas. This might include wall anchors, brackets, or specialized hanging systems.
4. Measure Twice, Hang Once: Take time to measure the distance between the hooks and the canvas's dimensions to ensure it's hung straight and at the desired height.
Cleaning canvas art prints


1. Regular Cleaning: Gently dust the canvas using a soft brush to keep it looking fresh. Much of the cleaning process is the same for original art which I have an article here with in depth information.
2. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Continuous exposure to sunlight can cause the colors to fade. Choose a spot away from direct sun.
3. Rotate the Art: If you have multiple pieces, consider rotating them every few months to keep the room's appearance fresh and engaging.

unique canvas art print ideaFor a unique look, try hanging rolled canvas like a scroll. Print found here

Final Thoughts

Framing and displaying canvas prints is an art in itself. By following these best practices, you can ensure that your canvas prints not only look their best but also last for years to come. Whether you're hanging a cherished piece of art or a newly acquired print, thoughtful consideration of framing, positioning, and maintenance can greatly enhance the appeal of your living or working space. Enjoy the beauty of your art and let it inspire you every day.

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