We have spent the last year decorating and furnishing the house. It took quite a while to pick the perfect paint colours for the walls and then nearly as much time to match the furniture to the rooms. Now that all the decorating is finished, we wanted something nice to go on the walls, especially in the hallway as one of the walls had a rather large blank space. And that was another hard decision – did we go for our own framed photographs, a canvas print, a wall mural or even featured wallpaper? We decided against our own framed photos which still left a big choice, but we knew just the website to look at for wall art inspiration – Photowall.
Photowall are an established wall art company based in Sweden and offer 1000s of high quality, creative and customisable wall art designs from their own stock images or your own photos, on canvas, posters, wall murals, featured wallpaper and framed prints. Their website has images for every occasion from animals to vintage including children, world maps, forest scenes, city skylines (London, New York, etc.), Star Wars, Disney, Elvis, art & design and a whole lot more.
Unless you know exactly what print you want, looking around the Photowall website will take a bit of time – there is just so much choice (which will see you keep changing your mind about what you want). Their website is easy to navigate and the search function works quite well allowing you to narrow down what you are looking for. There are some great designs and images from a large variety of categories, there is definitely something to suit every room in the home.
After a lot of looking around (and changing our minds quite a bit), we decided that a canvas print would be better suited for our needs. With two giraffe obsessed people in our house we settled on a giraffe scene, called Under the African Sun – a monochrome image by Piet Flour. This canvas print is available in quite a few sizes (as are Photowall’s other prints and posters), the sizes range from 40x40cm (15.75”x15.75”) right up to 150x100cm (59.06”x39.37”). We chose to go for 140x90cm. Once the image was selected there are also a couple of more options to select before heading to the checkout. You can customise the image with a mirror image should you want the image reversed, you then have to select the motif on edge (including the frame), which will wrap the image around the frame, or you can select black or white edges, and you can even choose to have it with or without a frame. We went with a frame with the motif on the edges. You are shown a 3D image of your print and can adjust slightly how the image will be displayed on the print. Now that we were happy with the print, we ordered and waited for delivery.
Photowall are an environmentally friendly company and all of their canvas prints are of very high quality that do not fade in sunlight (a must for us as it was going in a hallway that gets a lot of sun). They print on strong canvas that is 100% cotton (390 g/m2) and use UV-resistant that contains no hazardous chemicals and is biodegradable. We ordered the frame with ours, this is 30mm thick and made of ash to make the frame stable but light.
Delivery is fast. Orders are shipped within 1-3 days (we ordered on a Thursday afternoon and received the print on Monday). We were keep informed of the process and delivery along the way, including from the courier.
The canvas print arrived in a long narrow box that is made from fully or partially recycled materials. For easy shipping, the canvas comes rolled up in the box (with plenty of paper around it to protect the print from scratches or tears). If you order a frame as we did this is not assembled. This makes shipping a lot easier, makes the prints less prone to damage and reduces shipping costs. In the box we have the canvas print, the four frame edges and the fixings to put the frame together.
When taking the print out of the packaging, the first thing that we noticed was how thick and good quality the canvas felt. You can really feel how high quality it is. The print itself was very clear and sharp.
There is some self-assembly required with the Photowall prints as the frame needs to be assembled and the canvas attached to it. Before you think that mounting a canvas to a frame that you have to assemble yourself is going to be difficult and start to worry about ruining your print, Photowall have made this process extremely simple. Photowall canvas prints come with an Easy Frame – a frame that makes it easy to assemble your print, and all without the need for any tools. The frame arrives with everything needed for assembly, including a mounting hanger.
The Easy Frame comes with pre-drilled holes for the brackets and pre-fixed tape to attach the canvas. The instructions supplied are very easy to follow but should you require extra help Photowall have an assembly video on their website. It took us about 15 minutes to assemble the frame and attach the canvas, and no tools were needed. Once completed, the canvas was stretched on the frame perfectly and the frame itself is very strong and sturdy.
Once we got it fixed to our wall in the hallway (our rather wonky wall), the image was very striking and eye-catching, and it finished off the room perfectly.
We are extremely happy with our canvas as the quality is excellent and it was so easy to assemble. It really does take the blank, plain look off the wall and makes our hallway much more warm and inviting.
Photowall offer a lot of choice on their website with a variety of images in different sizes and mountings. We did consider having a wall mural or featured wallpaper as some of the ones available by Photowall look great, but we decided on a canvas print in the end purely for ease as we felt that if we ever wanted to change the look of the room it is much easier to remove a hanging print. Canvas prints start from £38 and you can use their stock images or upload your own.
Canvas prints start from £38.
For more information or to buy, visit www.photowall.co.uk.