It’s official; street art fever has well and truly infected London! If the anticipation over the recently opened Basquiat exhibition wasn’t enough to have everyone on tender hooks, no excitement could have prepared us for Banksy upping the ante… Unsurprisingly, his two new murals created at the Barbican caused quite a stir – and here at Eye Like we’re definitely feeling the ripple of these urban vibes!
With street art on the forefront of everybody’s minds, it’s no wonder that we’ve had so many clients asking how they can incorporate urban art into their own homes. So whether you’re an avid collector, or if you’re a novice wanting to branch out, here are four ways you can achieve the street art aesthetic in your own home.
1. Bring The Outdoors Inside
We all know that street art is renowned for being created or placed in a public area, maximising exposure within a community. But don’t let this stop you from creating the same vibe and effect on your walls! Although originating from the streets, you’d be surprised at how easily urban work can be incorporated into your own home.
We don’t all have the luxury of wall space, or indeed the budget, to commission a mural - in our dreams maybe! Plus, if you’re anything like the Eye Like team, you’ll want to change your art throughout the year… So the next best thing? Display prints that were originally created as vibrant and iconic real-life murals! These miniature, but just as eye-catching, versions of iconic images will transform the room into your own unique urban environment – without having to leave the house.
2. Be Brave
Create an instant impact with bold and daring prints. Many instances of street art make a public statement about society, and you can use controversial prints to create talking points in your own home. Whether you choose to display artwork with an underlying political, social or even a humorous message, you can guarantee that your walls will be remembered… And who wants to play it safe anyway!?
3. Go Bright For A Spectacular Sight
Choose eye-popping prints to produce the wow-factor and get tongues wagging. Street art is known for making an immediate impression on the viewer, and you too can replicate this effect. Decorate your white walls with bright statement pieces to create a colourful contrast, or alternatively, match vivid urban prints with colourful wallpaper. The result? You’ll be leading the way with an unusual and attention-grabbing interior space.
4. Bag Yourself A Banksy
Well, let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong with a Banksy. The iconic artworks by the artist are perfect for those wishing to introduce street art into their homes – and no fear, there’s something for everyone! It's needless to say that you can create an instantly recognisable and awe-inspiring wall by displaying a classic signed or unsigned print by the legendary artist. Of course, make sure it's the centre of attention - it deserves to be! There’s no doubt that you’ll have tongues wagging, not to mention they'll be green with envy!
But we'll let you into a little secret. For those whose budgets don’t quite stretch that far, you can still achieve the Banksy aesthetic with posters from his renowned shows – which arguably are also increasingly hard to get hold of. The even harder part though? Choosing your favourites!
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