Street art belongs on the street, right? Well, just because it’s called street art, doesn’t mean that it should be strictly resigned to outdoors. As this particular style of art has grown in popularity over the years, art collectors and home decor enthusiasts have been purchasing street art to hang in their homes, bringing the streets indoors and injecting a personal touch to the home interior through art.
It may seem a little daunting to hang street art in your home, so we’ve put together a few ideas that you may want to consider when purchasing street art for your home.
STREET ART FOR A MINIMALIST INTERIOR
Minimalism is always an attractive option when decorating your home. It’s easy, clean, sleek and timeless. It is always so refreshing to walk into a home that is stripped back with no clutter and a small selection of decoration on the walls. But keeping it minimal doesn’t mean that you have to minimise your art decoration game. To keep in tone with the minimalist decor of your home, hang some monochromatic street art to add a bit of depth and interest, complementing your decor without veering away from the interior decor style.
Opt for an understated piece with a dash of colour. Accentuate the iconic stencil technique common in street art by hanging a piece on a white wall.
French street artist Blek Le Rat is famed for his depiction of the stencilled rat. Rat No5 is a 6 coloured screen print of his iconic rat holding two baguettes – a nod to his native country. The simplicity of the black, stencilled rat would really compliment your minimalist interior. And the splash of colour will add a touch of contrast to the monochromatic space.
URBAN ART FOR AN URBAN INTERIOR
Hanging street art in urban spaces is always a good option if you are looking to maintain an urban style. For instance, if you are living in a New York loft apartment or a warehouse conversion with exposed walls.
Not all of us reside in a cool, urban living space but that doesn’t mean you can create that urban interior look. Hang multiple paintings or prints up on a plain white or grey wall. If you are into collecting street art, this is a fantastic opportunity to hang them all together. Mixing and matching colours, frames and sizes would be in keeping with the urban style you are going for, all while creating your very own unique street art gallery. Just imagine a street alley that is painted in unique street art and covered with old concert posters and promotional ads.
British street artist BASM, combines two types of techniques that are commonly found on the street walls: stencil and spray. Just to round things off the street art way, his works are always loaded with political and social commentary. ‘The Messenger’ is a good example of what he can do on canvas. With a spraypainted background, a stenciled image of a young girl holding a balloon that reads ‘Fuck You’ on the side of it. Protesting against capitalism and consumerist culture. BASM hits the nail on the head.
A NOD TO THE STREETS
He may not be the grandfather of stencil art, nor is he the greatest artist of our time (arguably), but we can all agree that Banksy helped to put street art on the map, bringing it to the forefront of the art world. We may not be able to afford an original Banksy, but we can still pay homage to the street artist with a limited edition print of his work.
The limited-edition poster from TIME OUT LONDON depicts one of Banksy’s more recognised creations. The poster is of a stencilled chimpanzee dressed as a royal guard holding a paint roller rather than a gun. True to Banksy style, the stencil image mocks the royal family and the British government, likening them to chimpanzees. With only 5000 prints produced in the limited edition, this poster is really quite unique and would be a great addition to your art collection.
The poster would be a great addition to your home office. Display it in a simple frame with a white border and hang it above your desk. Let the image do all the talking and hang it on a clean, white wall. Alternatively, display the poster in the entrance of your home surrounded by plants and flowers for contrast – the natural green juxtaposed with the urban street art.
FOR A CONTEMPORARY LOOK IN YOUR HOME
Street art is a relatively new style of art and it really contemporaries a space. However, the key to hanging a piece of street art in your home is balance. You don’t want the artwork to look garish in your space but you also don’t want it to become lost in the rest of the furnishings. If you decide to purchase a piece of street art for your home but you don’t want to redecorate the whole space, why not consider doing a re-shuffle and a clear out to make room for your new piece of art. Do you still have that Ikea mirror hanging above the mantel that you bought when you first moved in? Get rid of it. What about that awful canvas print someone gave you for your birthday? Sell it off. When you are purchasing art, you want it to stand on its own without any distractions.
For a contemporary and stylish addition to your home, check out Hayden Keys’ ‘Death will set me up for life’:
For london-based street artist Hayden Keys, his urban surroundings isn’t just where he creates his art but his inspiration for other work he has produced. ‘Death will set me up for life’ is a wonderful reflection of what Keys’ represents. Using dollar bills as the canvas, the piece of art depicts a skull that is created using a detailed line drawing technique with acrylic paint. The artwork is a reference to the extremities of capitalism and the attention and praise we offer money. A street artist through and through, Keys ensures his artwork holds a message that discusses social and political issues.