Author: Imogen Aldridge
In recent years, the prominence of Street Art has only increased, with big names like Banksy bringing street art onto the global stage. Street art developed alongside the Graffiti art boom in the 1970s and 1980s, starting in New York and spreading across the world. Some of today's best known artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat built their reputation off of the back of the success of street art, and their legacy is still felt today. Artists like Banksy, Kaws and Shepard Fairey are now champions of the contemporary street art movement, popularising the artistic technique amongst the masses, helping to introduce street art into mainstream homes.
It’s easy to shy away from street art as an art form; the bold patterns and bright prints may seem overwhelming at first glance, and you may avoid trying it in your home completely. However, when you look past these preconceptions, street art is actually an adaptable art form that appeals to a variety of tastes, and looks amazing in a variety of rooms. Whether you’re looking for a bold centrepiece for your dining room, or a collection of smaller pieces for the hallway, why not add street art to your interior?
Here are our top tips for successfully introducing street art into your home.
Astaphos by Agent X
Looking to add a fresh and contemporary look to your interior? Street art is a good solution for brightening up a dark room, adding a sense of character to any space. A larger graffiti print adds a pop of colour to a neutral room, creating an effective central point in the space. If you’re looking to turn heads, what about this large graffiti print by Agent X? The perfect combination between classical and contemporary art influences, this street art piece adds a splash of colour to your walls. When introducing a large and bold print like this into your interior, we recommend keeping the rest of your decor neutral, allowing for the print to shine in your space.
If you’re not ready to commit to a big street art piece, why not try a collection of smaller artworks? These can be rearranged to your heart's content, meaning you have more control over how they interact with other parts of your home. Perhaps a collection of prints floating up your staircase, or three small prints above your bed? These small ornate-framed original artworks by DS are the perfect way to subtly introduce street art to your home. The graffiti elements combined with the classical floral painting is a subtle nod to the rule breaking nature of the early street art movement, and makes a fun addition to any art collection.
At its origins, street art is about individuality, so why not use this art form to inject a bit of your own personality into your space? Use your contemporary print to send a message, whether that be personal, political or pop cultural. It’s important to pick an artwork that resonates with you personally. This typographical street art-inspired print by Kid-B is the perfect personal touch needed to make a house a home, adding a bit of personal charm and character into your space.
It’s a common misconception that street art is overwhelming, but this is far from the truth. Monochrome street art prints are extremely versatile and fit seamlessly into any interior, allowing for other elements of your decor to stand out. Keith Haring’s work is perfect for this laid back monochrome look, with his clean lines and simplistic designs adding character without overwhelming the space. Smaller prints can be propped up on tables or desks to subtly inject the contemporary street art aesthetic into your interior.
If this street art has inspired you, make sure to explore our Street Art Collection for more stunning art inspiration.