Artwork Substrate Options for Healthcare & Senior Living Spaces

The art you choose can help transform the space you have into the place you’ve always pictured. But just as important as the photography or imagery itself is the material it’s printed on. Different substrates are better suited for different environments, both in terms of aesthetics and functionality, so what you purchase today can have a significant impact on your facility—and your budget—in the years to come. With numerous substrate options available at every price point, you can transform any artwork, graphic or photograph into a custom piece that best fits your facility and appeals to your audience.


Framed Prints
Even if you’re not an artist, framed artwork gives you the chance to play a role in the creative process. The frame and mats you choose can enhance the beauty of the photography or print while tying together the space that surrounds it by complementing the room’s décor and finishes.

Canvas Prints
The classic look of conventional canvas has been adapted for a more contemporary world. No longer limited to playing host to hand-painted originals, today this versatile fabric can be printed with any art or photo. Unlike a traditional print, canvas captures the artist’s embellishments and brushstrokes to mimic the original piece and adds depth and texture to traditional photography. And because prints can wrap around the frames for a finished outer edge, canvases bring dimension to any wall when properly configured, upgrading your space with a gallery-like feel.

Prints on Solid Surfaces
More captivating than framed prints, more modern than canvas, solid printing surfaces add another level of texture to an environment, engaging the viewers’ senses in exciting new ways. From acrylic and metal to wood and PVC, nontraditional substrates have become a favorite among interior designers and facility managers who desire an unexpected twist on traditional artwork

Prints on Digital Wall Coverings & Decals
Sometimes called digital wallpaper or supergraphics, digital wall coverings strongly convey any message—whether it’s emphasizing visual identity and branding, creating a calming effect, focusing attention on an inspirational quote, or promoting core values. Other facilities may use them for wayfinding or location identification. Printed on high-quality vinyl, decals can be custom cut into any shape, so you can apply your logo to a wall to reinforce your brand or install a floor-to-ceiling image for jaw-dropping impact.

Functional Artwork Applications
The right substrate can fulfill the requirements of both your building operations and interior design teams. Utilitarian, but never unsightly, functional artwork pulls double-duty, reducing ambient noise, enhancing privacy and hiding eyesores while accenting your surroundings in bold, brilliant color. Although your residents or patients just see a beautiful print, they will feel the comfort it delivers day in and day out.

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