Review: Scandinavian Posters & Canvas Prints

If you are looking for a place to buy affordable and high quality art prints for yourself or as a gift idea for someone else, we highly recommend Desenio. They are a Swedish online store that sells a wide range of Scandinavian posters and canvas prints.

What we love most about Desenio is the dizzying amount of variety of prints they have in stock. Whatever kind of art you are thinking of, they probably have it. Just as importantly, the Desenio website is designed to make it super easy to browse and find exactly what you are looking for.

Who Is Desenio?

Desenio is a Swedish company that was launched in 2010. Since then, the brand has grown rapidly and today their products are available in 33 countries.

Desenio specialises in art prints. These are great for anyone who wants beautiful art at pocket-friendly prices.

Instead of paying thousands of pounds for original artwork, most of these art prints cost less than £100. That’s not to mean they are low quality. They are high quality replicas of original artwork printed on premium paper or canvas.

Desenio says their prints are made from works of famous artists and photographers as well as from their own pieces made in-house.

In addition to art prints, Desenio also sells a wide variety of picture frames and accessories to go along with your prints. So you can order everything you need to put up your art on one website.

Is Desenio An Environmentally-Friendly Brand?

Desenio has taken several measures to ensure their production processes are environmentally friendly. This is important considering their products involve the harvesting of trees.

For one, Desenio is FSC-certified. FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council, a non-profit organisation that certifies companies and products that adhere to sustainable forestry requirements.

In the case of Desenio, their FSC certification indicates that all the trees they use in their products including posters and frames are harvested in a responsible manner.

Here are a few other ways Desenio works to improve environmental protection.

  • The paper on which the art is printed on is made in an eco-conscious paper mill in Sweden.
  • Desenio has partnered with Vi Agroforestry to plant two trees for each tree used to produce art prints.
  • The paper as well as the wood and metal frames are all recyclable. These items are made to last a long time, which is itself great for the environment. And when it comes time to dispose of them, they are easy to recycle.
  • The ink used to print the art is 100% vegan.

What Type of Art Does Desenio Sell?

The best thing about shopping at Desenio is their variety. They have art to suit any style and preference you may have whether you want prints of famous works, cool black and white prints or you are a Geography nerd looking for map prints.

Desenio also has art that’s suitable for any room or space whether it’s your living room, the baby nursery, your kitchen or the hallway.

All the art prints are grouped into categories making it easy to find what you want. So you can choose posters based on fashion, sports, music, retro art, seasonal art, space and astronomy, kids art and so on.

Here are some notable categories.

    • Personalised prints – You can order personalised prints of yourself, your pet, your list of favourite songs, a personal map and so on. You can even send in a quote and they’ll print it out on a poster for you. 
    • Holiday and seasonal posters. Their Christmas and fall prints are quite popular. 
    • Gallery walls. This is our favourite category. Gallery walls are collections of several prints (as many as 10), typically in different sizes. You order all of them as a group and mount them up as shown in the photo. Gallery walls are great if you need inspiration for what to buy, and especially if you want ideas on which art pieces go well together. Note that gallery walls come with the frames included. 
  • Poster packs. This is another option if you are not sure which prints to get. Poster packs include 2-4 prints that are carefully selected to match. Poster packs are great if you want to create a wall gallery. 

All the prints Desenio sells fall into two major categories: paper and canvas prints.

Desenio Paper Prints & Posters

If you are on a budget, the paper prints and posters are the best option. The art is printed on 100 lb premium uncoated paper with a matte finish to prevent glare.

The paper prints are available in a wide range of sizes from as small as 21 cm by 30 cm to as large as 99 cm by 150 cm.

Desenio Canvas Prints

If you want more premium art prints, get the canvas prints. These are printed on high quality canvas, giving the prints a more classic style and look.

Of course, the canvas prints are also more durable and less vulnerable to ageing and yellowing. They are available in several sizes starting from 30 cm by 40 cm. The largest ones measure 100 cm by 140 cm.

Desenio Picture Frames and Accessories

As we mentioned, you don’t need to go elsewhere to get frames for mounting the prints and posters. Desenio sells several types of wood and metal picture frames.

The wood frames are made from solid wood including oak, yellow poplar and hard maple.

The metal frames are made from aluminium to keep them light. This also ensures they will never rust. The metal frames are available in gold, silver, black and copper finishes. They all have a thin profile to ensure they don’t distract from the art.

You can also get all the accessories you need from Desenio including hooks, tape, poster hangers and clips.

How Easy Is It To Browse the Desenio Online Store?

Despite having a huge variety of products, it is really easy to browse the Desenio online store. All the prints are sorted into categories. So once you get on the website, it’s easy to narrow down your search to the kind of art you want.

For an easier time picking your favourite pieces, head over to their gallery walls or poster pack categories.

You can also check out their best sellers to see which pieces are most popular at the moment. You just might find some inspiration there. Alternatively, tap the ‘new in’ categories to see their latest additions.

Once you click on a particular product, the next step is to select a preferred size. Dimensions are available in cm and inches and it’s easy to switch between them. You can then add the product to cart or favourite it for later viewing.

Note that Desenio currently doesn’t have an app on either Android or iOS. You can only buy art prints on their website. But the website is friendly and intuitive, so it’s no big deal.

Desenio Shipping & Delivery

Desenio ships orders from their warehouse in Sweden, so delivery takes some time, usually 3-7 business days. Delivery of canvas prints takes longer because the canvases are made to order. Expect delivery in 5-8 business days.

Desenio ships to most areas and territories of the UK except Gibraltar. Shipping costs £5.95 for orders less than £49. For orders above that, shipping is free.

Desenio Return & Refund Policy

Desenio accepts returns though there is a return fee of £9.90. All returns must be sent back to Sweden in the same condition and packaging as they came in. Once your return has been received, you will get a refund.

Note that personalised prints are not returnable.

How is Desenio Customer Service?

We checked around online and Desenio generally seems to have great customer service. Many customers say they have an easy time getting through to the customer support team and their issues are promptly handled.

Desenio Pros & Cons


  • Affordable art and frames.
  • Wide variety of styles, types and sizes of prints.
  • Easy to use website.
  • Environmentally-conscious brand.
  • Good customer service.


  • No free returns.
  • Delivery takes a few days.


Original artworks can be pricey especially if you want several or large ones for your home. Desenio makes decorating your home with beautiful art easy and inexpensive. You can enjoy art from famous artists without spending a ton of money.

Desenio makes shopping for art effortless. We love the design and layout of their website as well as the vast variety of their catalogue.

We think the return process could be a bit easier though. But overall, we highly recommend Desenio for anyone shopping for affordable and high quality art prints or pircture frames.