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- If you’ve ever struggled to find art to match your decor and style, you should try Minted.
- Its Customizable Fine Art service lets you change the color, crop, and other features.
- I used Minted to create new customized artwork and found the process easy, transparent, and worth the cost.
Photos of well-decorated homes and apartments in glossy design magazines often suggest an instantaneous finality. You see the “Before” photo, and *snap* here’s the perfect, beautiful “After” result.
We all know the reality is far less simple. Decorating your home and getting it to a place you’re happy with is a long process that can take months, or even years.
As far as artwork goes, the online art shop Minted has devised one genius solution to cut down on the time and effort you spend hunting for the perfect decor piece. Customizable Fine Art is a newer offering from Minted that lets you modify original pieces of fine art to your exact specifications.
Minted offered to let me try the service at no cost, and I excitedly took them up on the offer. Here’s how the process went.
Minted’s Customizable Fine Art service lets you crop, rotate, flip, and recolor art from their selection of more than 900 pieces. It costs $75 on top of the price of the artwork itself.
There are styles, mediums, and themes to suit all kinds of aesthetics. As of this article, you can choose from more than 900 options, and Minted is always adding more. The base price of a piece before customization starts at $24 for a 7″x5″ print and goes up to $298 for a 79″x48″ print.
You can browse all the choices or filter by type (mixed media, photography, painting), theme (botanical, animals, landscape, typography), and style (vintage, minimal, modern).
Remember, you don’t have to love the piece as it is. You just need to recognize its potential to be changed to your liking.
Once you choose a piece, you’ll be taken to the intuitive customization tool where you can play around with the different features.
You can crop, rotate, zoom, or flip the art. You can also adjust the color of any part of the artwork. If you want to do anything to the color, I suggest being as specific as possible, like providing the hex code.
There’s also a box where you can write more details, ask your assigned Minted Art Specialist for advice, or let them know you’ll be sending a photo reference (if you want the art to match a specific part of your room, for example).
My goal was to create a piece of art that matched my multicolored Moroccan rug. Though I’ve owned the rug for more than two years, I’ve struggled to find large-format artwork that played well with the rug’s colors.
Going into the process, I knew that I was drawn to abstract and botanical pieces. Once I saw this print by artist Caryn Owen, I could imagine it matching my rug well. It just needed some tweaking.
I opted to zoom in so the flowers would take up more canvas space, and change the blue tones to purple, since my rug has a lot of light and dark purples. I also just love the color purple in general.
After you finish customizing the art, there are more things to decide. You can choose the size, finish (art print or canvas), add a frame, and add borders or matting. I went with a 30″x40″ framed canvas of my custom art.
I liked that there was a human element involved and a transparent review and delivery process.
After submitting my order, I received confirmation that I’d receive a proof by email in the next few days. My Minted Art Specialist then sent the proof and I had to approve it by the end of the night. Requesting additional changes is totally fine — just keep in mind it will probably push your delivery estimate.
I loved how my proof looked and had no changes to make. From there, I received regular updates on the production progress and shipping status of my order.
My final piece arrived 13 days after final art approval and came safely packed in a sturdy cardboard box with plenty of wrapping and cushioning.
Minted’s Customizable Fine Art is a slightly involved process and the costs can add up, so it’s not for everyone. But if you’re tearing your hair out looking for the perfect art, then this custom option is worth the effort.
There are a lot of decisions to be made during the process, and it can be overwhelming if you’re an indecisive person. It helps to come in with a few core focuses, whether it be color, style, or size. At the same time, if you do find yourself overwhelmed, you always have the option to reach out to your Art Specialist for help.
Another thing to consider is that the final product can be expensive depending on what additions you choose. The custom feature also costs $75 to use. All in all, however, Minted has always been about making high-quality prints accessible to the masses, which means its art is still much more affordable than other fine art purveyors.
When you factor in the time and stress saved on looking for said art, I think the cost is well worth it, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use the service again.