01 of 08
Tie Your Room Together
Kristin Hillery is a design-obsessed writer and photographer based in Austin, Texas. Currently, the editor of Modernize, Kristin has written for Apartment Therapy, That Other Paper, The Onion A.V. Club, and was a contributing author to the humor book, “Please Fire Me.”
There's something unexpected, something almost aggressively cool that street art brings to a home's interior. Whether it's painted directly onto a wall or it's a piece properly hung as traditional art, street art is moving indoors. And this trend isn’t just for lofts and modern homes — even more traditional homes can benefit from this playful, edgy style.This large, bold piece perfectly ties the room together and plays nicely with the rug and pillows while brightening up the dark walls and sofa.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
02 of 08
Send a Message
An important consideration with street art is location. Here, a minimalist modern stairway gets an urban feel thanks to stencils and a free hand statement done right on the exposed brick wall. (Also, let’s take a moment to appreciate that swank under stair lighting.)Continue to 3 of 8 below.
03 of 08
Go Big in a Small Space
No windows and a long, narrow shape made this powder room the perfect spot for something seriously bold. We love the trend of dark colors and intense patterns in powder rooms, and this graffiti mural takes that trend to a whole new level.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
04 of 08
Liven Up Your Outdoor Space
Punch up your back patio with a mural on corrugated metal, or even directly on a fence. It’ll add color to the space and secure your reputation in the neighborhood as the “cool, edgy neighbor.” This outdoor wonder was created by the artist Bware of Sparks in Dallas, Texas.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Your little girl doesn't need another Elsa doll or a Rainbow Loom — what she needs is street cred. The hot pink elements in this tagged wall art are perfect for the room's other pink moments, creating a color story that energizes the otherwise deceptively neutral space. The strong outlines in black add an edgy, moody spark and on a clear day, the blue even picks up the color of a sunny sky.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
06 of 08
Pop Art Accent Wall
If small artistic statements just aren't your thing, brighten up your kitchen with a full wall mural. This colorful ode to the alphabet comes from Philadelphia artist, Sean Gallagher, who was commissioned to decorate a Philly penthouse with something unexpected. Noting the mix of graffiti and pop art, David Fierabend – the designer who commissioned Gallagher – calls the work, “refined graffiti.”Continue to 7 of 8 below.
07 of 08
So you like how it looks, but you’re not quite sure you want to dedicate a whole wall to it? No sweat. Try including a graffiti-adorned side table or stool in your room for just the right amount of rebellious style. This works particularly well in more traditional spaces where it can contrast with other pieces.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
08 of 08
Do Something Unexpected
What’s fun about having street art in your home is that it’s always unexpected and can serve as a fantastic conversation starter when you have people over. Here, you can’t help but smile back when you round the corner and come face to face with a skull with a gold tooth. This piece was done by Austin artist ER.
If you’re interested in incorporating street art in your home, keep an eye out for work around your city, and if something strikes you as particularly awesome, look for the artist’s signature and Google them. They’ll more than likely be flattered to hear you want to commission a piece from them. Your city might even have a collective that makes it easy to connect with an artist. In Austin, Texas, there’s sprATX, a community of local artists who’ve banded together to have their own storefront and teach classes on everything from wheatpasting to can control.