In a recent post I described the dilemma of trying to find a decent art print for an empty wall—and how most people don’t realize that the perfect solution is probably hiding right in their computer’s photo library, just waiting to be made into a fine art or metal print.
For my own living room wall, I’ve opted to go with a metal print. Bold and stylish, metal prints are perfect for an accent wall. They are created by infusing dyes onto specially coated aluminum sheets. Being metal, it also resists fading and is extremely rigid and durable.
The moment I took my metal print out of the packaging, I immediately noticed how different it is from any kind of paper or canvas print. The colours are incredibly vibrant and even the finest details are exceptionally crisp. The aluminum has a luminous quality to it—a glass-like shimmer—that makes it ‘pop’ even from a distance and from any angle. The photo I went with was a scenery shot of False Creek, and the richness of the print also gives it an almost 3-D quality. I’m trying to do it justice here, but a metal print really is something that needs to be seen to be believed.
If a shiny metallic finish would suit your photo well but you’re not prepared to go the metal print route just yet, you may want to choose a metallic silver print: a fine paper with a scratch-resistant high-gloss metallic finish that allows for exceptional image clarity and brilliant colour reproduction. The sample I checked out at the PhotoLab was a nice soft focus image of a bride and groom standing together in the woods. The metallic sheen gave it a more subtle, stylistically appropriate shimmer than a regular glossy print would have.
However, if you’re the type who prefers a matte finish (or your decor or chosen photo is better suited for it), you’ll want to go with a bamboo print. As you might expect, bamboo has a fibrous texture to it which adds richness and depth to the image along with amazing colour reproduction. Bamboo prints are borderless, and another great choice for an accent wall.
Having now seen the wide range of options available for fine art prints (not to mention the amazing metal print that now hangs on my wall), from now on I will definitely be paying more attention to the composition of the photos I take; I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be looking to hang more of them on my walls. After all, I’ve got a lot of furniture store art prints to replace.