A few years ago everyone was doing gallery walls (myself included). You couldn’t open Pinterest without seeing a dozen different tutorials about how to recreate the look (evidence here, here and here). They were great, but now it’s all about large scale art. Chances are you’ve seen it, maybe in someone’s home or on a blog. I am obsessed with this trend, because it’s all about the wow factor. Large scale artwork is less of a commitment than wallpaper with double the impact.
But where do you begin? What if you don’t have a ton of cash to spend on a huge piece? Don’t worry, it’s a lot more attainable than you might think.
The good news is that it’s fairly easy to create large scale, impact art for your home. There are so many options! You can use an image of your own, find a copyright free image online, or buy a print (from somewhere like Etsy or Ebay). You can even get creative by painting something yourself. Quick tip- if you do choose to paint your own- consider buying unstretched canvas and wooden stretchers, rather than a pre-stretched canvas. It’s much much less expensive AND it’s a lot easier to fit into your car. Here’s an easy canvas-stretching tutorial. If you can’t find a photo you love and you don’t feel up for a DIY, another great option would be to find a bold wallpaper that you like and frame it.
If you decide to go the photography route, several online companies offer large-scale printing. MegaPrint – prints up to 60″ x 180″; White Wall – prints up to 118″x 59″; U Printing – prints up to 59″ x 120″. I’ve seen a lot of people rave about engineering prints from Staples (here), but I wouldn’t recommend using this method to print a high resolution image. Engineering prints are a more fitting option for printing sketches or illustrations, where resolution and quality aren’t as big of an issue (as opposed to a photograph). With that said, engineering prints are BY FAR the cheapest option, so if you are printing something like a vintage sketch, I would say go for that (save your money for the framing).
Framing a large scale print can be very expensive. I recently got a quote for a 30″x 40″ print (which isn’t huge) at a popular craft store and it came out to over $500! Ouch! Luckily, there are options for people who want to get handy with a DIY project. In this tutorial, Hommaker blogger, Orlando Soria, explains step-by-step how to build a custom frame for a canvas. For traditional prints (not canvas), Yellow Brick Home has this great tutorial for building a custom frame. The good news is that either way you go, you can get creative with this part.
There you have it! Large scale art looks beautiful and is sure to be a conversation piece in your home.
Do you have any tips for finding or creating a big impact in your home? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
photo sources: first row, My Domaine, The Novogratz, Apartment Therapy; second row, Elle Decor, My Domaine, A Piece of Toast Blog; third row, Vogue Living, The Glow, Catherine Kwong Design; fourth row, Elle Decor, Refinery29, Latitude Studio