In offhand drawings and vibrant colors and designs, spray paint is right at home in industrial lofts and urban apartments. But even those with more typical homes can incorporate a touch of graffiti style.
“Graffiti is slowly finding its way off of building walls and overpasses to framed artwork, wall treatments and tile,” says Randi Kierce, a designer at Case Design/Remodeling. “It is not solely for contemporary or urban design. It can be easily integrated into a traditional atmosphere as artwork, wall coverings, lamp shade covers or accent pillows.”
Designers today are getting creative with how they incorporate it; because of that, as well as the growing appreciation for it in the art world, graffiti’s negative stigma is fading. Whether it’s a full-blown wall mural or subtler accessories, the colorful spaces below show you how to add graffiti to decor in a wide spectrum of styles.
Pick your spots. Some spaces are geared more toward graffiti than others. Consider the purpose of the area — playful, energetic spaces, like this game room, are ideal, while this kind of color would easily overwhelm a subdued bedroom. The lively typography, painted celebrity figures and red and blue accents work together here to make this a high-energy family hangout.
Go vinyl. Don’t want to shell out the cash for a custom mural from a graffiti artist? This vinyl wall covering is an option for the budget minded. It comes in a variety of sizes, and the fun drawings and colors are kid friendly.
Keep in mind what suits your style. In-your-face graffiti still works best in urban designs. This industrial-style loft, with its exposed brick and metal and concrete accents, is the perfect setting for this hip black and white mural.
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