How To Select The Right Size Canvas

How To Select The Right Size Canvas For Your Aesthetic


how to select the right size canvas


A canvas is a wonderful way to display your artwork. It allows you to show off all the hard work that went into creating your piece and gives it a professional look. However, the right canvas size is essential to ensure that your work looks as good as possible and doesn’t have any awkward space around it.

Find the Right Size

To start, you'll want to measure the wall where you plan on hanging your new artwork. You should also measure the size of your artwork. If it's smaller than the canvas you want to buy, then great—the canvas will be bigger than what's necessary for the art and give room for matting or mounting other items on top of it (if applicable).

If everything checks out so far and there's still some extra space left over in your measurements, don't worry! There are plenty of ways to utilize any extra space:

  • You could add another painting onto this one—make sure it works stylistically with both pieces

  • Hang up smaller pieces in between larger ones as a way to fill up all that space

Make Sure the Home Decor Matches Your Walls

When selecting the right size canvas for your aesthetic, you'll want to ensure the home decor matches your walls. This means ensuring that the color of the canvas fits in with those of your walls and furniture. Some people prefer black canvases because they're easier on the eyes; however, if you have a brighter room or wall color scheme, this might not be an option unless you're looking for a dramatic change (or have a lot more money than I do).

Another way of ensuring that your canvas fits in with its surroundings is by keeping an eye out for patterns or designs. For example: if all of my furniture has geometric patterns on it and my walls have stripes, then I would probably want something more subtle than what's currently hanging up there—like maybe some flowers or butterflies? Or maybe even something abstract! The possibilities are endless when decorating with art pieces like these!

how to find the right size canvas

Match a Photo Frame to Your Canvas

As you're getting your canvas framed, consider the size of the frame. You can have a different size canvas than what's hanging in your gallery. For example, I have a 1" border around my canvas to make it look like an old-school photo frame picture. If you want to do this yourself, measure the inside dimensions of your picture frame and add one inch to each side—this will be enough space for some matting and framing material (you don't want it too loose).

Don’t Forget About the Color of Your Artwork

It's important to consider your artwork's color when purchasing a canvas. The color of your art should match the room where it will reside, or else you can end up with an aesthetic mismatch that looks odd and unappealing. Here are some tips to help ensure this doesn't happen:

  • The colors in your painting should be complementary or contrasting with the colors in the room you're hanging it in. For example, bright colors like reds and yellows might look good over darker browns, but not vice versa (unless you want people to get a headache from looking at it). Similarly, if there are other large pieces of furniture in the space (think cabinets), then going with lighter colors might help balance things out visually. If there are many small items (like bookshelves), go for darker tones!

  • Keep track of how much space is available for hanging pictures—this will determine how big or small a canvas needs to be before being hung up properly and whether there's enough room behind said object. Hence, no one bumps into something while trying not to fall off their chair while admiring what's above them."

Make Sure You’ve Found Something that Fits Your Room

Once you’ve found a piece of artwork you love, it’s time to ensure it fits your room. Here are the most important things to consider when choosing the right canvas size:

  • The room size. This step is pretty straightforward if your art is going up on an empty wall. However, suppose there are other pieces of art in your space already (or even just furniture). In that case, it might be helpful to take measurements so that you can envision how large or small each element will look and decide which one needs a bigger canvas size or less space around it than the rest.

  • The color of the walls and existing artworks/furniture are about each other. If everything is going on one wall and they all have similar colors, then maybe getting something extra large would work just fine! But if some pieces are dark while others are light in tone—or if they come together from different sources (like thrift stores)—then making sure that each piece stands out but doesn't clash too much with its neighbors will be important later on when deciding where exactly within the frame those elements should go once mounted onto canvas boards."

There's no room for mistakes when selecting a canvas, as each element matters greatly.

There's no room for mistakes when selecting a canvas, as each element matters greatly. While many choices are available to you regarding your canvas's shape, size, and material, understanding the basic elements will help ensure that your vision is realized with precision and accuracy. The size of your canvas should be determined by aesthetic considerations (how much space do you have?) and practical ones (will this fit into my home?).

You must also consider what kind of frame will best complement your painting. Size does not always correspond directly with a price; some frames are more expensive than others because they use high-quality materials or unique designs that add visual appeal without sacrificing durability or utility. If you want something casual but still want it to match well with other pieces in your home decorating scheme, consider using smaller frames. At the same time, larger formats tend toward being more formal-looking options used primarily in galleries and museums around the world today too!


We hope this guide has helped you to find the right size canvas for your room. If you’re still unsure, we recommend working with an expert who understands the ins and outs of home decorating.

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