Are Canvas Prints Tacky? (A Look at if Canvas Wall Art Is Always Tacky & if Art Prints Are Always a Better Choice for Photos)

No, canvas prints are definitely not out of style!

With 12 years of experience as both an artist and an art curator, I’ve heard a lot of opinions about whether or not canvas prints are tacky. And, people’s opinions of canvas prints seem to be greatly influenced by two main things:

The quality of the materials, including canvas, inks, and stretcher bars (the wooden frame that the canvas fabric wraps around).

Whether the image on the canvas print is from a realistic photo or handmade artwork (like a painting, digital illustration, or sketch).

If you’re like me, you’ve seen some really low-quality, blurry, warped canvas art prints in stores before. Those are tacky!

But not all canvas prints are created equal. And that’s why canvas prints are one of the top sellers on websites like Society6 and Redbubble. They sell high-quality, affordable, trending canvas prints that will impress anyone!

Is a Canvas Print Better Than an Art Print?

There are rules of thumb that I suggest you follow when trying to decide whether or not to buy a canvas print or if an art print would be a better choice for your home or office décor.

So, keep reading!

Is It Tacky To Hang Canvas Prints of Photographs?

The answer to this question is, it depends. When it comes to photography, especially close-ups of people or animals, the popular opinion seems to be that canvas prints are not the best choice.

Usually, these types of photos were meant to have most of their details and some of their sharpness shared with the viewer. Due to the texture of the canvas fabric, it will usually not show the finer details and sharpness of a photograph compared to print on some kind of smooth paper, like an art print or photographic print.

On the other hand, I think that an artistic photograph can look great on canvas.

For example, a canvas print of the Eiffel tower, a calming beach scene, or flowers printed on canvas can be a beautiful addition to your home or office. In these cases, some of the sharpness of the image might be lost by the texture of the canvas, but the details are not missed.

Is It Tacky To Hang Canvas Prints of Artwork?

Canvas prints can be a great choice when the printed image is of a handmade piece of art like a painting, a sketch, or a digital illustration. The canvas fabric has a texture that is similar to paintings.

Canvas prints are great for those of us who are on a tight budget because they usually cost much less than original paintings or traditional framed prints.

Plus, most of us don’t have millions of dollars to buy a famous painting like one made by Vincent van Gogh, so a canvas print of his work is a great alternative.

Conclusion: Do Canvas Prints Look Good?

So, do canvas prints look good?

The answer is yes – when done correctly. A poorly crafted canvas print can look tacky and out of place. But a high-quality stretched canvas print, whether framed or unframed, can be a beautiful, unique, and stylish addition to your home or office.

And if you follow the tips in this post, you will be able to make informed purchase decisions when you shop for canvas wall art.

But when in doubt, here’s a quick tip: framed art prints never look tacky no matter the subject of the image.