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Publication Date: 2014-05-13


​Graffiti Chic: Street Art Doubles As Décor

What draws designers and decorators to Street Art is its versatility; it can be mixed in with all kinds of architecture and design styles. These unique works accentuate all décor styles ranging from French Rococo to Mid-Century Modern and more. From originators like Warhol, Basquiat, Herring, and Invader to more recent street artists making mainstream noise like Shepard Fairey, Banksy, or even Mr Brainwash, this type of art knows no boundaries. Here's some tips on how to incorporate street-art into the home.


Just look at Valentino’s New York Apartment: his amazingly eclectic design highlights the art (including Street Art) he displays (including the triptych by Jean-Michel Basquiat that hangs above his sofa in the den behind him). Valentino is synonymous with Red, the mother of all bold colors so it’s not surprising that his home reflects his eclectic style. From traditional, to rococo, to animal print, to Art Nouveau to Classic Italian, Valentino makes it all work with his incorporation of contemporary street-art. His collection also reflects the sort of rules-breaking, punk, post-modernist approach Valentino takes when it come to designing and decorating his homes.

This style rebel now has a cause: giving walls, rugs and furniture an arresting look. Designers today are getting creative with how they incorporate graffiti and street-art into their client’s spaces. The growing appreciation for street-art and graffiti in the art world has quelled the negative stigma historically associated with it. Whether it’s a full-blown wall mural or subtler décor accents like our Street Art & Graffiti Rug Collaborations, street-art inspired decor immediately injects a contemporary, bold, modern aesthetic to any room.

Pick your spots

Some spaces are geared more toward graffiti/street art than others. Consider the purpose of the area — any playful, energetic space, like the living room is an ideal place. If you are looking for less of a bold statement that doesn’t overwhelm and compete with everything else in the room, try looking up (at the ceiling).

Keep in Mind What Suits Your Style

If you’re looking for something a bit less loud, the rooms and furniture above offer examples of street art serving a more chic minimalist design aesthetic. The foyer (bottom right) makes use of the dramatic contrast with the stark color palette of black and white with the perfect gold framed accent. If a mural-style is too overwhelming, another way to incorporate street art in decor is with custom armoire (top two pictures) which are no less striking but does afford many more choices for display due to its mobility. Perhaps, you want it all to yourself and place it in your walk-in closet? These armoires are also perfect for livening up your entranceway or even work well as a makeshift bar carts in the living room?

Invest in a Statement Piece

This street art inspired abstract area rug is the perfect edition to this home office. The rug brings sophistication and drama to this otherwise scantily decorated workspace. Check out our Statement Street Artist Collaborations for some more examples.


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