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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Graffiti Artwork for Any Aesthetic
Graffiti-inspired décor isn’t reserved exclusively for an edgy space. Even if you have a bright, vibrant interior you can still experience with street-style artwork. Curated by our art director, Tirzah Goodman, our Warhol-inspired collection incorporates eye-catching colors with pop art. While Warhol might not be a street artist, his work does have an inherently modern quality. Even if your interior has retro elements, Warhol’s work is the perfect way to blend classic and contemporary décor. Add a multi-panel, Warhol print for an eye-catching piece that works with a wide variety of styles. Try starting with a white base to give yourself more freedom to play with color. Primary colors are super-trendy, and a great way to make you home stand out.
Urban Canvas Art to Transform Your Space
Even if you have a traditional space, graffiti art can edge-up your home in an unexpected way. In fact, adding street art to a sophisticated space is one of the top trends for 2022. Hang a piece of graffiti wall art in your main, refined living area to create a splash of contrast. Graffiti wall art creates visual texture to balance out the surrounding chic décor. If you want your print to lean more classic to reduce the risk of clashing, you can try a single panel or framed print. Play with additional textures in your space like velvet, rattan, and even wood to balance out the city-style print with more natural and organic pieces.
Easy Graffiti Art Ideas that Make an Impact
The benefit of graffiti-style artwork is that it can instantly change the feel of your space. If your goal is to create a gritty, dynamic look, graffiti art can help you achieve that energy in the blink of an eye. If you’re looking for the perfect piece of graffiti-style wall art, you can’t beat our Banksy collection. Curated by our art director, Tirzah Goodman, this selection of canvas prints is full of Banksy-inspired pieces. The famously anonymous street artist, Banksy is known for making a statement with his designs. He weaves social or political statements into his work with tongue-in-cheek imagery and pop culture references. Do more than just decorate your home when you choose a piece of wall art. Show your bold, unfiltered side with Banksy-style artwork and canvas prints.
How to: Graffiti Wall in Bedroom
Looking for an ultra-unexpected place to add graffiti? Try your bedroom! Your sleeping space should be all about self-expression, which makes it the perfect place to try artwork with an edge. If you want to be super bold, you can even paint your own street-art inspired mural on your bedroom wall. For something more subtle, hang a Banksy-inspired print over your bed for a foolproof, urban-style touch. You can also paint an accent wall to make your graffiti wall art stand out even more. Pair your print with modern décor like industrial light fixtures and simple furniture. You want your artwork to be the main focal point of your space, so don’t overwhelm your room with surrounding décor. If you’re worried about your bedroom looking too cold, don’t fret! Just add warm textiles and accessories to balance out the gray tones.
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. 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!