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Modern art is an essential finishing touch for any designer space. There’s a reason why every iconic interior includes contemporary artwork. A modern canvas print can completely change the look of a room. There are endless modern art trends to choose from, so we’ve narrowed down our top picks! Our design experts have highlighted the top artwork styles for 2021. Elevate your home décor with the simple addition of an eye-catching canvas print. From color schemes to canvas layouts, this guide will walk you through every step to selecting the perfect piece of modern art for your home.

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Modern Canvas Wall Art Styles

Living Room Canvas Wall Art

Modern Wall Art Color Ideas

Modern Canvas Art Sizes

Modern Art Shapes & Layouts

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Modern Canvas Wall Art Styles

While there are tons of striking styles, modern art is often synonymous with abstract art for a reason. Abstract artwork can match almost any décor, which is why it is such a popular choice for current spaces. Not only is it ultra-versatile, but it has the unique ability of working as a statement piece without taking over the entire room. The figurative, non-literal nature of abstract art blends easily with a contemporary home.

Comedic Typography

Curated by our art director, Tirzah Goodman, our comedic typography collection is as modern as it gets. This daring catalog of word wall art is for homeowners with no filter and no f*cks given. If you are unashamedly yourself and you’re not afraid to be bold with your décor, consider a print with a cheeky curse word.

Minimalist Architecture

For a more sophisticated take on modern art, consider our minimalist architecture collection. A boho twist on geometric artwork, this handpicked selection of prints has everything you love about modern art, with a brand-new perspective. Explore the beauty of exterior architecture from the comfort of your own home.

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Living Room Canvas Wall Art

If you know you want to add a piece of modern art to your space but you’re not sure where, start with your main living space! Your living room is the perfect place to hang a modern canvas print. This communal area is where guests congregate, and therefore your art piece will get plenty of attention.

Modern Mandala Art

While mandalas may be an ancient symbol, these divine guides are seeing a major resurgence in current living rooms. If you are yearning for a splash of positivity and a mix of classic and contemporary spirituality, mandala wall art is something to research and consider.

Expert Design Tips

Our resident design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz gives her advice on modern living room décor:

“There are endless tips on how to achieve a modern living room, but it’s just as important to highlight what NOT to do. Avoid these mistakes when crafting a contemporary space:

-Picking pieces solely for looks and not practicality

-Putting too much emphasis on symmetry and unnatural balance

-Trying to combine too many trends in one room

-Sacrificing your personal taste for current styles

-Sticking to solely neutral tones without a pop of color

-Making your television or entertainment console the focus of the room”

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Modern Wall Art Color Ideas

Modern canvas wall art can be found in almost any color scheme. If you’ve already perfected your space and you’re just looking for the final accessory, look for a piece of art with your current colors. For homeowners starting from a more minimal base, don’t be afraid to play with vibrant shades like teal, magenta, and yellow.

Blue Canvas Wall Art

ElephantStock's professional designer Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares another modern color trend:

 “Expert designers designated bright blue as one of the most popular decor trends of 2021. Using rich blues or incorporating bright blue textiles will give your space a serene energy. This stunning shade has been dubbed “Santorini” blue due to its ability to make you feel like you’re on a perpetual vacation. If you’re a minimalist at heart, pops of true blues can add character to your room without sacrificing modernism. Incorporate this iconic hue into your home as a sweet reminder of clear skies ahead.”

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Modern Canvas Art Sizes

To create the ultimate contemporary atmosphere, you have to ensure that your wall art is the right size for your space. Follow these simple calculations to avoid a design faux-pas when selecting your modern canvas:

-Your wall art should up approximately 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space, specifically the portion not covered by moldings or furniture. First, measure the height and width of your wall. Next, multiply your measurements by both 0.6 and 0.75, respectively. As a result, you will get the best range of canvas print sizes for your wall.

-Use this example for reference: If your wall is 9 feet tall and 5 feet wide, multiply 9 feet by 0.6 to get the low end of the perfect height range. Then, multiply 9 feet by 0.75 to get the high end of the ideal height range. Do the same for your wall's 5 feet width. The resulting height of the canvas will be 5.4 feet - 6.75 feet and the width would be 3 feet - 3.75 feet.

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Modern Art Shapes & Layouts

The final step when choosing the best piece of modern art for your space is to consider your ideal layout. Select your print based on what you want your home to convey. Match your desired style to one of the canvas shapes below:

The classic layout: 1-Piece Canvas

A trendy take on wall art: 2-Piece Split Canvas

A modern multi-panel print: 3 to 5-Piece Multi-Panel Canvas  

A fun and funky layout: 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas

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More Contemporary Design Topics

For more modern design ideas, check out our article on abstract brushstroke paintings. You can also explore more wall art trends in our blog post about modern décor concepts. Looking for a different style all together? We have an endless source of designer-fueled resources on our inspiration blog. Classic or contemporary, decorating your home should be about self-expression above all else.

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