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We spend a lot of time decorating what’s in our rooms and less time thinking about what’s on our walls. But once you find some beautiful prints, you’ll regret not having adorned your walls sooner. Large wall art on canvas can be even more impressive. These large wall art ideas will elevate your large spaces or blank walls.
Large-scale paintings can also be beautiful, but they can be costly, costing anywhere from hundreds of dollars up until the tens of thousands (or much more!).
Luckily, there is a multitude of other ways to decorate your walls. We’ve compiled our favourite affordable large wall art ideas so you can create stunning home décor that will soon see you admiring your home in a new light.
The best large wall art ideas
Large wall art is transformative. Due to its size, it has the power to change the look and atmosphere of any room and can look magnificent in a range of spaces. However due to its size, if you make the wrong choice with your wall art the mistake is amplified, so it’s crucial you make the right choice when selecting your large or extra-large wall art!
Large wall art on canvas can often tie together the colours in your rooms and become the focal point of your carefully-curated home décor pieces. It has the power to brighten a room, add a range of moods, or showcase your photography skills.
Here are our top large wall art ideas so you’ll never run short of inspiration!
1. Botanic illustrations
Botanic illustrations or other vintage illustrations are great for the kitchen, mess room, entrance hall or guest rooms, and make the perfect gift for mom. They’re also highly unique and can be difficult to find, making them an interesting subject for your walls.
Luckily, we have some great print images to choose from which can easily be turned into canvas prints, like this beautiful food art print image. Or, if you really want to get creative, upload your own design and we’ll do the rest!
2. Oversized photo portraits
Instead of the typical family portrait photos, why not try something different and go for a beautiful, expressive, oversized portrait?
These can be a great way to display fun photos of the kids, and you don’t even need to hang them on the walls. Instead, they can look great propped on a large shelf, desk or even on the floor.
Large-scale black and white portraits, or photos of family life can be highly-impactful, and give your rooms a gallery-style feel. Alternatively, you can edit the background out and add a pop of colour in the background for more of a retro or art-deco feel.
Get inspired here.
3. Geometric prints
Bold prints will always be in style, and geometric is about as bold as you can get. Just as they work in fashion, they can work on our walls. Geometric prints are a modern design comprised of different graphic (and usually colourful) shapes.
They’re the perfect way to make a bold statement in a living room, entrance hall or void space, or even in a courtyard.
4. Add a touch of nature
More and more, we’re looking to nature as a respite from our harsh concrete world, and we’re seeking to add various forms of it into our homes.
The most obvious way to do this is with actual plants, but there are only so many plants you can look after. So, failing that, you can use large wall art to create the illusion of a colourful room that incorporates a touch of nature.
Large wall art ideas containing scenes of nature could be things like:
- Large natural landscape shots of rainforests, waterfalls, lakes, or mountains
- Palm prints or more colourful tropical prints
- Seascapes or shots of the beach
- Photos of plants, trees, or seedlings
- Your favourite flowers; one with plenty of colour will brighten up a neutral room, such as cherry blossoms, sunflowers, or classic roses
- Flower drawings have a more classic look that might suit a classic living room, sewing room, or craft room
5. Use a picture ledge or floating frame
Add smaller prints on the ledge to create an impactful overall piece. Layer smaller pieces over one another to create an interesting, varied look. Overall this will give you the look of a larger piece without having to compromise on choice.
For this look, a variety of different styles and colours can look great. Aim to tie your pictures together with a theme. Some of our favourite large wall art ideas for a floating frame are:
- Pastel colours
- Bright landscapes and holiday images
- Minimal-style black and white photographs mixed with black and white frames, drawings and quotes
- Red, black and white
- A cool theme such as blues and whites or blues and greens
- Minimal with pops of graphic prints
- Feminine; pinks and creams
There are so many options; the decision is up to you! These look great in kids’ rooms, in the bedroom, in a study or library or in the living room.
6. Abstract artworks
A bold abstract artwork can serve to bring some unique intrigue to a room. The colours, patterns and shapes that make up abstract artworks are stunning, but many shy away from these artworks because they can be expensive, especially large wall art on canvas.
By creating your own large abstract art prints, you’ll still get unique and highly personalised large prints but you’ll get them at a fraction of the price.
Our wrapped canvas still looks like it belongs in a gallery, and you can choose from all kinds of styles and colour themes.
Large abstract prints look great in a living or dining room, or even hanging above the bed.
7. Series artwork
Series pieces are artworks which tells a story. This can be a series of three large pictures that create a high-impact look, or a large artwork combined with smaller pieces across one or two walls in your home.
A series might even be a range of 12-16 (or more) small pieces that, together, create an extra-large wall art look.
An easy way to do this is if you already have a stunning Instagram feed. You can create a grid series using these images and upload directly from Instagram.
If you’re not sure where to start, check out our wall displays to choose a configuration you like.
8. Brighten dark walls with light prints
The best way to brighten a dark room is to add light and lots of white! In the same way black makes you appear slimmer, dark rooms can often make you feel boxed in, especially if they are already small.
Large wall art on canvas can be extremely effective in brightening up a dark space.
Aim to opt for white, cream or beige base. Our canvas print options can be filtered by colour. So, you may decide you want a light-coloured abstract print. In that case, you would search for “abstract” and then use the colour filter to select the light option.
9. Split a photo
Split images can also create a fantastic high-impact look that will stand out in your home.
If you have a large, impressive image, turn it into a high-impact, chic split image canvas print series.
Some large wall art ideas using split prints are:
- Landscapes; forests, seascapes, beaches, mountains, fields, or deserts are all great options
- Flowers; choose a floral arrangement or an image of a bunch of flowers
- Photos of family and friends; with these you just have to be careful so you’re not cutting anyone’s body parts off, but these can create a highly unique look that’s a bit different from the standard family photo
Not sure if your idea will look good? Use an image splitter and split your image out. You could even print miniature versions of your images to see what it may look like. Or, use our template during check out to see what your image might look like.
10. Use bookshelves
For a large wall art idea that’s a little different, rather than putting books in your bookshelves, add photo blocks and other frames to create a photo bookshelf! You can even mix photos and frames with other objects like trophies, trinkets or plants to create a diversified look.
Or, better still, tie your objects into your images using a theme. It might be a family trip you took to a coastal town; including photos of the family, with real seashells and seascapes.
At Canvas Factory, there really are no limits to what you can create. Large wall art on canvas can really make an impression and can change the atmosphere of your entire space.
Large and extra-large wall art can be expensive, so if you’re unsure about the colours or style of your wall art, print out a smaller version of your image on your computer and hold it up to your walls. It won’t look as good as the real thing, but you’ll have an idea of whether you like the colours and styles in your room.
We have a collection of over 40 million images you can use on your canvas prints, or you can upload your own! To explore our prints, click here.
To start uploading your own prints, click here.