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Things to keep in mind when giving posters as a gift

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

 

With the holiday season drawing near, and the christmas rush coming dangerously close - the time for finding the perfect christmas gift for your peers, has come again.

 

Grab a cup of java, kick your feet up and let's figure out how home decor can be your next thoughtful gift, here are our 5 helpful tips:

 

  1. Set a budget
  2. Do your due diligence
  3. Find a frame
  4. Get a matboard
  5. Wrap it with care

 

Photo by Simon Maage on Unsplash

Photo by Simon Maage on Unsplash

 

Why give posters as gift?

Posters serve as the perfect gift, due to their high quality to cost ratio, their customizable aspect - which is picking frames to dictate how they will affect the room's ambience, as well as the large variety of prints you can get from the poster stores out there.

You can find posters in a variety of different sizes, styles and colors - what is there not to love about them?

 

The effort you put into picking just the right poster will shine through, but who said it had to be hard? Ditch the seasonal stress and order up your next great gifts, all from the comfort of your home.

 

Set a budget

Setting a budget will help you decide early on, what sizes, frames and quality poster you can afford. To make the decision even easier; at Radiartvector we are offering free shipping on all orders over $100 (browse our poster selection).

Photo by Mediamodifier on Unsplash

Photo by Mediamodifier on Unsplash

 

Even the good quality prints are usually cheaper than their canvas print counterpart, leaving room in the budget for a great-looking frame.

 

Tips for deciding on a budget

When creating a budget, we recommend making room for the best quality posters you can - remember that you can always buy accessories such as frames or mat boards down the road. Opting for a unframed print to start out, is totally fine.

 

You should also consider that the larger the print - the more expensive it will be, including the print itself, as well as the matboard and frame. Small posters can deliver just as much of an impact as a large one, if placed correctly, so don't disregard gifting posters all together - if you can only afford to purchase a smaller design. They are still a good choice.

 

You can read more about poster placement here.

 

Consider the person receiving it

This is perhaps the most important step of the process, a little work can go a long way. Instead of purchasing the first print from a well-known brand, in the most popular size you find - we urge you to look deeper into finding the perfect art print for your companions.

 Photo by AbsolutVision on Unsplash

Photo by AbsolutVision on Unsplash

 

Match their existing color and decor theme

Even though we are setting you up for success in the poster gifting world, we deem it best to try to match the existing ambience of your recipients space - meaning; Try to go for colors that are already in the house, match the color palettes of the room it will be hanging in.

 

modern living room

 

Think in terms of:

  • Matching the existing theme
  • Matching their existing art/pictures
  • Incorporating their favorite colors

If you find it difficult to blend in the print with their space, then you can check out our guide for doing just that, here

 

Likes and dislikes

What are the likes and dislikes of the person in question? Put on the detective hat and try to string together as much information as you can. The more thorough you are, the easier the next steps will be - and your gift will be that much more likely to be well received.

Photo by Quinton Coetzee on Unsplash

Photo by Quinton Coetzee on Unsplash

 

Think about who their favorite TV characters are, what hobbies do they enjoy? What plays their heartstrings?

 

What room should the poster hang in?

You can go the safe route and find a print design, that works well in all of the recipient's rooms - if you can manage that, then it will be the safest bet. If not, the best choice will be to find something that will work well in one specific spot.

 

Photo by Crew on Unsplash

Photo by Crew on Unsplash

 

There are so many places to choose from;

  • Hallway
  • Stairway
  • Living room
  • Kitchen
  • Bedroom

We find it easiest to purchase something for either the living room or the bedroom. It all depends on the style they currently have, and if there is enough breathing room.

 Photo by Crew on Unsplash

Photo by Crew on Unsplash

 

Something you should keep in mind - be careful not to overpower the space you think of purchasing a poster for. When shopping for a small coffee nook, a larger poster, can overpower the space as a whole, and create a dissonant ambience.

 

The same goes for the opposite as well; placing a small poster by a large sitting group can make the impact of the poster fade.

 

Photo by Darshan Patel on Unsplash

Photo by Darshan Patel on Unsplash

 

Picking the right size

There's a lot to take into account when picking the size for your poster, here are the most important things to consider:

 

  • Your budget
  • The functionality of the space it will hang in
  • The impact you want to make
  • If you want to have a mat board or not
  • The mat boards' thickness
  • Frame size and thickness

 

To give you a place to start, the most common poster sizes are:

 

  • 11x17 (28x43 cm)
  • 18x24 (46x61 cm)
  • 24x36 (61x91 cm)

 

Glossy or matte?

Choosing just the right paper finish can be confusing - you have clicked on your chosen poster, the vibrancy of the colors live in full harmony with the photo prints the recipient already has hanging around. It is the perfect piece of art, but...

 

What kind of paper should you pick? Glossy, or matte? Here's what you need to know:

 

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Glossy finish

A glossy finish reflects light and will draw attention to your chosen print. The reflection of the light will make the colors feel more vibrant, and make it stand out.

 

Matte finish

The matte paper on the other hand will reduce glare and show-off all of its detail, even when natural light is flooding into the room. They are great for displaying wall art with dark backgrounds, without the distracting glare. 

 

In most cases going for a glossy finish will be the best choice. It is the more common option and will likely match the reflective surface of the other wall decor, you might find in your recipient's house.

 

Frame your poster

While giving a unframed print is totally fine, we do recommend framing it to make sure it last for the years to come. Like we said earlier; a framed poster will set you back a few extra bucks, but it is a great way to ensure the longevity of your gift - the environment will thank you!

 

Photo by Angèle Kamp on Unsplash

Photo by Angèle Kamp on Unsplash

 

What frame do I pick?

There are a few things to keep in mind, when picking frames:

 

The first thing to keep in mind; is to pick a frame the same size or larger than your poster print. If you pick a frame that is larger, you might want to buy a mat board.

 

Remember when we talked about placement earlier? Don't forget that a large space allows for larger frames, while small areas can be quickly overwhelmed. 

 

You can pick a frame based on the size of their existing wall decor, this might require some sneaky measurements.

 

Here are our bonus quick tips for helping you pick the right frame:

 

  • Match the frames in their home
  • Match the decor they have
  • Match the wall color
  • Black and white goes a long way

 

If you want to read more about picking the right frame, you can check out our in-depth framing tips.

 

Photo by James Healy on Unsplash

 

What is a mat board?

A mat board is the white paper-like border around photographs and posters. It helps separate the design from the glass, allowing air to flow between, and will make sure your print lasts longer.

 

If you have chosen a frame that is larger than the poster print, then you can get yourself a mat board. A good option is to use a white mat board to create a medium sized border. This will create a balanced and, classic look.

 

You could also go for a wider or thinner matboard, the wider one will give your poster a more modern look while a thinner one might compete between the attention of your motif - it will give it that clean thin border, and protect your poster that much more. If you choose a matboard with the same color as the frame, then the last option will work much better.

 

Wrap it up

There are a few different ways of wrapping your poster, we generally recommend to leave it in its original packaging, if you have decided to not get a mat board and frame. If you have both of those, then you can assemble everything and present them with the finished work of art.

 

In summary, choose the perfect poster by setting a budget, considering the recipient's preferences, and focusing on size and finish.

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