Metal Prints vs. Acrylic Prints: Which Material is Best for your Wall Art?

On the hunt for some wall art to jazz up your space? With a variety of materials available for your viewing pleasure, selecting the right one can be like choosing between chocolate and vanilla—both delicious, but oh-so-different. Two sweet picks in the world of wall art are metal prints and acrylic prints. Let's dive in and figure out which one's got the va-va-voom you’re after.

What are Metal Prints?

Metal prints are photographs printed directly onto an aluminium surface. Creating that eye-catching metallic sheen involves a process called dye sublimation, where the image is infused into the metal, giving the photograph a vibrant, luminous quality. Consider this the pièce de résistance for your stunning landscape photography or fine art photography prints.

Resistant to water, dust and UV rays, metal prints are known for their durability. Their glossy finish makes colours pop, and the metallic substrate gives a contemporary, minimalist feel that fits seamlessly into your space.

What are Acrylic Prints?

Acrylic prints involve printing high resolution photos onto quality photographic paper stock and adhering it to a clear acrylic glass for a seamless finish. The result is a vibrant, glossy look that adds depth to your favourite images.

Acrylic is known for enhancing the saturation and sharpness of your art, offering a crisp and clear visual that lasts. The glass-like finish creates a 3D effect, and also provides protection against waster, dust and UV rays.

Factors to Consider when Choosing Wall Art Material

What Look You’re Going For

Truthfully, you can’t go wrong with either metal or acrylic prints—each offers a stunning visual effect that will look clean and elevated in any space. That said, here are a few tips and tricks if you’re looking to achieve a particular look: 

  • Fine Photography: Acrylic just can’t be beat when it comes to adding dimension to high-end images.
  • Industrial Vibes: Because of their slightly edgy feel, metal prints would work well in highly modern or industrial-inspired spaces.
  • Colour Accuracy: Because photos are printed directly to the aluminium with metal prints, you’ll get a more accurate colour profile when printing on acrylic.

Where You’re Hanging It

The lighting and ambiance of your space play a part in making the right selection. Why? Because acrylic prints have a smooth, glossy surface, hanging them under bright or direct lighting can sometimes create a glare—but in softer or more dimly lit spaces, acrylic takes the win. Metal prints, on the other hand, offer a slightly more matte and reflective finish that lends well to brightly lit spaces. 

How to Create Custom Metal Prints & Acrylic Prints

We’re so glad you asked! Creating your very own custom metal or acrylic print is as easy as following these simple steps:

1) Shop Our Curated Collection

Discover and create your own wall art, decor and more! Our selection includes quality-made goods, including Canvas Prints, Poster Prints, Acrylic Prints, Metal Prints, Drinkware, Greeting Cards, Notebooks and more.

2) Customise Your Creation

Simply upload your images to our product editor and customise your one-of-a-kind items. Select your size, material, and finishings to make it uniquely yours.

3) Purchase Your Products

Voila! Once you’ve submitted your order, your items are crafted with the utmost intention and care. Then, they’re delivered directly to your doorstep for you to unbox and adore. 

Becoming a #Curavator is easy—just begin building! So, what will it be? Are you all-in for acrylic or mad for metallic? There’s only one way to find out!

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