Looking to add a little edge to your interior? Try graffiti-inspired wall art! This funky, modern style is ideal for designers who aren’t afraid to make a statement. Even if your interior is predominantly traditional, a contemporary touch can make a huge difference in the appearance of your space. Graffiti wall art is fun, current, and super trendy. Offered in a wide variety of color schemes, this street art style can match any décor with the right finesse. Follow our expert tips to discover how to choose the best piece of graffiti art for your home.
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Urban Graffiti Art Styles
Graffiti is not a singular style. It encompasses a wide range of artwork. You can opt for the traditional graffiti style with typography and bold colors, or you can choose something softer and more modern. Inspired by striking street art in metropolitan areas, this art is truly unique. If you’re a homeowner who likes to push the boundaries of classic décor and stand out from the rest, graffiti wall art should be at the top of your wish-list.
Street Wall Art: Pro Tips
ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares her tips for incorporating graffiti art:
“Get the “urban-chic” look by combining graffiti with a relatively calm atmosphere. Play with elements that share a similar sleek, urban aesthetic. Consider industrial-style light fixtures, indoor greenery, natural textiles, etc. Experiment with a variety of luxurious materials like wood, marble, granite, leather, and beyond. These timeless finishes will create a contemporary appearance with an equal balance of visual impact. Keep a neutral base and embrace unfinished wood and cool-toned concrete.”
Graffiti Art for Bedrooms
While your bedroom may not be the first space you think of when you picture graffiti, it’s an excellent place to incorporate urban art. Because it is a highly personal space, you have much more freedom with your décor. While a graffiti print can look overwhelming in a communal space, it’s perfect for a low-traffic area where you still want to add a pop of pizazz. With the right surrounding décor, you can easily work a piece of graffiti art into your main living space, but in your bedroom, you don’t have to be as particular about the composition. A graffiti print looks stunning hung above a bed, or in place of a traditional headboard.
Black and White Graffiti Art
If you’re intimidated by the idea of graffiti artwork, or you just want to incorporate it in an understated way, try a print that is predominantly black and white. The lack of color will keep the focus on the style of the print, rather than the business. This is the perfect color palette if you want to mesh classic and contemporary styles.
Color Scheme: Pro Tips
Our resident décor pro Elimar Lobo Sáenz explains the benefits of a black and white-based color palette:
“Black-and-white interiors are timeless and sophisticated, no matter the décor. This classic color palette provides the perfect canvas for any style. Incorporate shades of grey into your black and white color palette for a modern monochromatic color scheme. This daring look can make your home feel more spacious and contemporary. You can also add a splash of color through geometric or modern wall art.”
Graffiti Wall Art Size Guide
“Any artwork you hang on your wall should take up about 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space, aka, the portion not covered by furniture or moldings. The first step is to measure the height and width of the wall. After you have your measurements, multiply them both by 0.6 and 0.75. As a result, you will get the perfect range of canvas print sizes for your wall. As an example, if your blank wall is 9 feet tall by 5 feet wide, multiply 9 by 0.6 to get the low end of the ideal height range. Then multiply 9 by 0.75 to get the high end of the ideal height range. Repeat those steps with your wall's 5 feet width. The ideal height of your canvas would be 5.4 feet - 6.75 feet and the ideal width would be 3 feet - 3.75 feet.
Wall art that you want to hang over furniture, such as a fireplace, bed, couch, etc., should be between 2/3 and 3/4 of the furniture's overall width. To get the perfect art size for the space above your furniture, implement this example: If your couch is 6 feet wide, multiply it by 0.66 and 0.75. You’ll need a canvas between 3.96 feet and 4.5 feet wide to fit impressively above the couch. Voila!”
Graffiti Wall Décor Shapes
When it comes to the shape of your graffiti wall art, decide what you want to convey with your décor. Use our guide below to match your style goals with your future canvas layout:
A classic twist on edgy decor: 1-Piece Canvas
A trendy shape for a trendy print: 2-Piece Split Canvas
A modern marvel: 3 to 5-Piece Multi-Panel Canvas
Go funky AND go home: 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas
Modern Art Topics
For more modern art ideas, check out our post on the top contemporary wall décor ideas for 2021. If you want to explore other styles of décor, scroll through our design inspiration blog. We have an expert guide for every room, style, and color scheme!