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Madeleine and Daniel hanging art - Madeleine McKinlay Art
Daniel hanging art - Madeleine McKinlay Art
Our philosophy when it comes to buying art is you should buy art that:
  • you love
  • makes you feel something
  • transports you to where you’d rather be
  • reminds you of happy memories
  • gives you hope; or
  • stimulates connection.

When you find a Madeleine McKinlay artwork that speaks to you and makes a positive impact on your life - buy it!

So if you see something you love and just have to have the original – go for it. Your next step will be finding the perfect space for it in your life.

If you are trying to decide between the original and a print, need help with deciding on size or framing options, our Art buying guide outlines some of the key elements you should consider when it comes to finding the right artwork for your space.

Our reproductions (prints) are of the highest quality, which means it is often very hard to tell the difference between an original and a print. If you prefer the look of a framed original, you can achieve a very similar look with a reproduction which is printed on canvas and then framed. Alternatively, you could choose a reproduction on paper which is also extremely high quality, but without the bulk of a stretched canvas. You can also have these framed to suit your space and the look you’re after. Prints can be ordered in a variety of sizes, meaning you have more flexibility to get the artwork you want in the size that suits your space.

Below are some of the key considerations in choosing between the original and a print:

Does the size of your space suit the size of the original artwork you love?

If not, you could buy a print of the artwork you love (on paper or canvas) in a size that better suits your space.

Do you prefer the presence of a thicker, framed original artwork or the more streamlined look of a print?

You can choose either an original (which comes framed) or print on canvas (then get it stretched and framed to look just like the original) for more presence. Alternatively, you can select a cotton rag paper or canvas print and have it mounted with a matte and a slimmer frame for a more subtle look.

How much are you willing to spend?

If you’re on a budget, prints are obviously a cheaper option, generally costing less than a quarter of the cost of the original artwork for a paper- or canvas-only print (or even less for prints that are smaller than the original).

If you want to achieve the same look as an original, you can do this with a canvas print which is stretched and framed to look almost identical to the original artwork, potentially for less than half the cost of the original.

Some of the factors you may wish to consider when working out what size artwork would suit different places in your home or office include:

- Wall width and ceiling height

- The depth of the space and opportunities/angles to view the piece/s

- The direction and amount of light in the space

- Dimensions and proximity of nearby furniture and fixtures

- Whether you prefer a single artwork or would like multiple pieces


Our originals are typically created in standard sizes (Note: sizes quoted refer to the size of the actual artwork on the stretched canvas. The floating frame adds 2-3cm to both height and width):

Good for smaller walls and hallways, above smaller sideboards/buffets. Can be combined with other pieces in a series (side-by-side or on adjacent walls).

Landscape orientation works well above beds or taller furniture. Portrait orientation is suited to hallways and slimmer wall spaces.

Ideal as a medium sized feature piece in a living area or bedroom. Can be combined with other pieces in a series for larger spaces (or adjacent walls).

Medium sized piece which can be a feature piece in a living area or bedroom in landscape or portrait orientation.

Larger piece suited to living and dining areas, either on a blank wall or above a sideboard, lounge or dining table where ceiling height permits. Can also be placed above a bed where space permits.

Larger piece suited to living and dining areas, generally on a blank wall but can also be placed above a sideboard, lounge or dining table where ceiling height permits.


Our prints are offered in three standard sizes for each original size – at roughly 50%, 75% and 100% relative to the original. The dimensions in cm refers to the size of the printed artwork itself. Paper prints are printed with a 3cm border and canvas prints are printed with a 5cm border (in addition to the actual printed artwork) for ease of handling when framing. Custom sizes can be ordered on request, but the aspect ratio needs to be maintained to preserve the integrity of the artwork (ie. The ratio of the height to width of the original artwork needs to be maintained – so you can choose the height and we will adjust the width to suit, or vice-versa).

When it comes to framing paper prints, you can choose the matte width and colour, along with frame material, colour and width to suit the artwork and your decor. For canvas prints, you can have the canvas stretched with timber stretcher bars and hung with no frame, our you may also choose to frame it in a style, material, colour and width of your choice.

Ultimately, it comes own to personal preference, how big or small your space is and how big a statement you want the artwork to make.

Paper print framing

If you have a paper print, the most common approach is to have it matted and framed. You can discuss options with your local framer, but key considerations include the width and colour of the matte. The width. colour and material of the frame itself, and whether it is protected by glass or perspex. The options you choose will depend on the artwork itself, the décor in the space you intend to hang it and of course your own personal taste.

Canvas print framing

If you have a canvas print, the most common approach is to get it stretched using timber stretcher bars. You may also wish to have it framed in a molding material and colour of your choice. The options you choose will depend on the artwork itself, the décor in the space you intend to hang it and your own personal taste.

Bright, bright, bright… Madeleine loves to use bold colours in her artwork which liven up the atmosphere of a space. You can use all the colour theory you like when it comes to selecting the right design and art for you, but it all comes down to what you like… No, it comes down to what you love! Buy art you feel connected to! Buy art that sparks an emotion in you. If you love it, don’t leave it behind.

Colour theory can be quite complex, so we recommend you buy the art you love and get your interior designer to work it into your beautiful space. If you don’t have an interior designer, then here a couple of simple colour ideas which could help you create a balanced space.

You can:
a) Select a colour from the artwork you love and use variations in tint, shade and/or tone of that colour when decorating your space. (Note: tint refers the amount of white added to a colour, shade is the amount of black added, and tone is adding both).
b) Select an artwork you love which utilises a colour or colours present or complementary to those in your space or décor.

Whichever approach you decide to take, here is a brief summary of some helpful terms and theories on getting colours to work together:

Select a key colour from the artwork which fits into the same monochromatic colour scheme you have in your space. Monochromatic colours are colours based upon the same hue on the colour spectrum. For example, all the varying colours of red including its tints, shades and tones. You could select a painting which has one or more of your key monochromatic colours present.

Complementary colours are hues which lie opposite each other on the colour wheel. When they are placed next to each other they generate visual energy. Traditional complementary colours include red and green, yellow and purple, and blue and orange. Madeleine loves to use complementary colours in her original works. You could select a painting based on a colour which is complementary to the key colours in your space.

Analogous colours are hues which lie next to each other on the colour wheel. When you mix the two colours together, you create a new colour, yellow and green are next to each other and when you mix them you get yellow–green, a new colour. Thus, the three colours are analogous because of their close relationship to one another. Interior designers often use analogous colours to decorate as it gives a sense of harmony.

The 60-30-10 rule is an old interior design rule of thumb which suggests using three key colours in your space, with the main colour accounting for 60% of the colour used in your room, the secondary colour 30% and the third colour 10%. The main colour is usually the wall or floor colour and often a more neutral or subdued colour. The secondary colour should then contrast with the main colour and the third colour is intended as an accent colour – usually the boldest of the three colours. You could choose to match a colour from your piece of art with the accent colour to provide connection for example.

You may also want to consider the amount of light in the space you plan to hang your new artwork. This is important because it will impact how you see the piece, particularly from different angles. It may also lead you to consider whether you want brighter or darker colours in your artwork.

Most of Madeleine’s originals are varnished with a matte varnish which allows them to be hung in both low and high light spaces as it reduces glare and reflectivity of light.

If you have a print with glass or perspex to protect it, this will have an impact on reflection at certain angles, depending on the sources of light in the space, so you may wish to take this into account.