Are you deciding on the decor for the office of your fintech startup? Perhaps you’re an office manager looking for clever decoration ideas for a small-town bank. Or maybe you’re an independent financial advisor who needs Zoom backdrops that inspire confidence in your clients.
Obviously, you can’t leave all those walls bare. That’s a lot of blank, white space to fill, and original wall art is the solution. Research shows that art in the office helps improve performance, inspire sales, and even help people find their way around.
But what’s better? Canvas or mounted wall art? And do you even know the difference?
Below, we explore both options to help you decide which is best for your finance-focused space.
What Is Canvas Wall Art?
A professional prints a photographic or artwork image directly onto canvas–a process called canvas printing. What is canvas, you ask?
Canvas is an ancient fabric woven of cotton and used explicitly for art-making. It was invented in India in 1500 BC but didn’t become popular with European artists until around the 8th century.
Canvas was expensive back then because it was all made by hand. Now, you can find canvas in a variety of materials, qualities, and prices. It’s used by everyone from oil and acrylic painters to hobbyist screen printers and professional printing shops.
If you order a canvas print online or from a print shop, they’re most likely using an inkjet printer to transfer your image directly onto canvas. You’ll often be able to choose the type of material you want–for example, traditional cotton and linen or durable polyester and nylon.
Canvas prints are stretched over a board and sealed with a glossy or matte finish sealer. After that, you can choose to hang the artwork as is or get it framed.
Canvas Wall Art Pros
Canvas prints offer those setting up offices a practical solution to their blank wall woes. They’re affordable, they look brilliant, and they’re available in an almost endless selection of imagery.
If you’re investing in office decor, you want something that will last. You want art that will look as good as it did the day you bought it a few years or even a decade later. That way, you get the most out of your money.
Due to its woven construction, the canvas can literally last a lifetime. If you’re worried about the printed surface fading, choose to have your canvas print laminated.
Traditionally framed paintings weigh a tonne! They require a lot of hardware to keep them safely up on the wall.
Canvas prints, on the other hand, are light as a feather. All you need to hang them are a couple of removable adhesive hooks. No need to ruin the walls of a rented office with holes you’ll have to pay to cover up when you leave.
With or Without a Frame
Stretched canvas has an attractive, contemporary box effect, meaning it looks as good on its own as it does in a frame.
If you prefer to frame your print, it’s a far more accessible (and cheaper) process than traditional painting on paper. And leaving the bare canvas means you can elevate even the most mundane image to the level of art.
Paintings or posters are woefully 2-D in their very nature. Canvas prints, however, literally pop out from the wall, offering a depth of color and texture quite unlike a stuffy framed artwork hidden away behind glass would.
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Canvas Wall Art Cons
Of course, every great thing has its limitations. There are a few downsides to canvas prints you need to be aware of before you buy.
Canvas is created by weaving fibers of plastic (nylon or polyester) or natural materials (linen or cotton) together to create a refined, flat surface. When an image is painted or printed on this surface, you might be able to see some of the woven texture underneath.
It’s very subtle, and you have to peer closely at the image–but it’s there. So it’s just something to be aware of if you’re set on a particularly creative design.
Since canvas prints are literally, well, printed on canvas, it means they’re permanent. On the flip side, with framed art, you can switch out the image inside the frame if you get bored.
Just be sure to choose canvas prints that you’re enamored with, rather than what’s the trend of the moment. And thankfully, canvas prints are affordable, so you can always buy more later on if you get tired of the ones you have.
Affected by Damp and Rough Use
Canvas is generally very durable, but it has a few weaknesses.
While a single spill won’t affect the fabric, sitting in a humid, damp environment like a bathroom for extended periods will. So keep your prints in the office and not in the kitchen.
Canvas is also essentially a solid fabric, and as such, it’s vulnerable to tears and rips if mistreated. If you’re an office that allows pets or often have coworker’s children visiting, ensure you hang your artwork out of their reach.
What is Mounted Wall Art?
Mounted printing is a technique that allows you to display everything from original posters and other fan paraphernalia to photographs and custom wall art. These items are printed onto paper and attached to a sturdy mounting board.
You might use mounted printing to:
- Display art on the wall
- Protect and preserve precious images
- Create prints for sale
- Make a portfolio of your work
- Ensure an image doesn’t get bent
There are a few different mounting techniques that require unique materials, tools, and training. It’s important to note that mounted wall art should never be used for original artworks because the adhesives used can damage them.
In this case, an artwork scan or photographic print is inserted between clear protectors. This “art sandwich” is attached to a board made of MDF or other acid-free material using a unique adhesive. If the backing isn’t acid-free, the print may lose its color or turn brown over time.
If you ordered hinge-mounted art, you could expect to see your print suspended in a frame using tape tabs. It’s typically used for archival purposes to preserve fragile or one-off artworks and is most often seen in galleries or art museums.
Matting is a technique that secures a printed image or artwork within a frame using a heavy cardboard mat (or matte in British English). It adds additional color to the framing and ensures the art isn’t pressed up hard against the glass or plastic protector.
Mounted Wall Art Pros
Mounted wall art has a visual weight not often matched by canvas prints. This type of wall hanging can exude affluence.
One of the biggest pluses of framed prints is the frame, the glass front, and the mounting all work together to protect your precious artwork from environmental damage. Dust, fabric-loving bugs, humidity, sticky fingers, and even harmful UV rays will be kept at bay by the protective layer of card, glass, and timber.
If you’re hoping to convey the image of a serious financial institution, mounted prints offer a touch of luxury that canvas equivalents often don’t. Think oversized antique gold frames and or hand-carved frames crafted from exotic hardwood.
Mounted Wall Art Cons
Yes, framed prints look pretty luxurious. But there are also some downsides that might have you eyeing up those canvas prints once again.
Getting photographs or artwork framed isn’t cheap. And while that might add to the allure for a very few clients, for the most part, it just serves to bump up your decor budget unnecessarily.
You could try to frame your prints yourself. Though let’s be honest, no one who works in finance has the time for that! Plus, the techniques are quite the art form in themselves.
Easy to Damage
You’ve paid a fair amount to get your artwork framed. You picked out the solid wood frames yourself. Or perhaps choose some contemporary painted steel options.
Delivery day comes, your paintings arrive, and you open the packet… Only to find a corner snapped off one print or scratches on your shiny new metal frames.
Difficult to Hang
Whereas canvas prints are easy to handle and hang yourself, you might need a professional to hang your heavy framed prints securely. And that adds yet another item to your office design budget.
Trending Art for Finance Professionals
As you can see, the decision between mounted wall art and canvas wall art really depends on the overall style of your decor and personal taste. If your office lands more on the traditional side, canvas or framed art might be better. On the other hand, trendy, sleek mounted prints look great in contemporary interiors.
If you’re ready to start shopping for art for your financial business, take a look at the prints on offer at Traders Creed. We have a wide array of carefully curated, financially themed imagery guaranteed to inspire staff and clients.