Canvas or Acrylic? How to decide which style to feature in your space

If you’re looking for a way to instantly customize your space, canvas and acrylic prints are an easy and affordable way to dress up your walls. Both materials provide a beautiful backdrop for showcasing your favourite photos, illustrations and artwork. Having trouble deciding between the two? Check out the guide below to determine the right solution for you:


When selecting between canvas and acrylic, consider which material matches your personal style, and the design of the space. Canvas provides a more classic look with some texture, while acrylic has a sleek and modern style.  

Finish & Colour

While canvas is available in semi-gloss and matte finishes to suit your personal preference, acrylic prints are only available in a high-shine gloss finish. If you’re after a more subtle, matte look, canvas may be the right choice for you.


When it comes to durability, both canvas and acrylic are great options. Both materials are resistant to fading due to the UV process used to cure the inks, so your print will stay vibrant as time passes. While both are susceptible to scratching, as long as you take care when hanging and cleaning your prints, you won’t have a problem.


Canvas hardware is hidden, as the material is stretched and wrapped over a wooden frame. This gives the piece a clean, seamless look against your walls. Acrylic is a bit more versatile, with eye-catching metallic hardware options including standoffs and edgegrips.


If you’re looking for a traditional rectangular or square shape, canvas prints are available in a variety of sizes and depths. For something completely unique, acrylic can be custom cut into any shape you desire (such as letters, numbers or logos), and are also available in varying depths.

Transform your space completely by combining your wall art with other decor solutions, including window coverings, wallpaper, and floor graphics. If you still need help deciding which material is the right fit for your project, contact your closest TPH location today to discuss the options available to you! 

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