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Urban design in your home

30 October 14 Author:Michelle Gaffaney

Graffiti isn’t just about tagging and scribbles on the bike shed anymore – the best street art is colourful, inspiring and embodies the spirit of its geographical location. You can commission a brilliant, unique piece that will transform a humdrum space.

From the streets to the home

Big cities like Bristol and Leeds have real street art scenes – whole districts where graffiti is arguably an art form rather than a nuisance. We’d never recommend painting anywhere illegal, but it must be said that the form has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. Using bricks and mortar as a canvas gives a whole new sense of scale and the impact can be astonishing.

Commissioning urban design in your home

If you’re worried that this will involve trying to approach an artist down a back alley, don’t fret – we can help you find an artist to give you just what you’re after. Maybe you have a dull backyard with an ugly breezeblock wall, or a converted warehouse apartment that would benefit from a huge mural. There is no better way to stamp your mark on your home.

How to choose a design

The options are endless – you could create a portrait of a loved one, produce a modern interpretation of a much-loved landscape or go for something more abstract or muted. The look works best when the rest of the space is fairly muted, for example with plain brick or whitewashed walls. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ll be there to help you through each step of the journey, picking the surface, artist, design and accessories to help you pull off the look with aplomb.

Getting started with spraypaint

Curious about how this could work? Check out some examples – Urban Art have a gallery of great spaces; Houzz has some impressive ideas for graffiti interiors; Apartment Therapy shows off some knock-out ideas for daring decor. Just give us a call on 01706 813777 to discuss how it could work in your home or workplace.



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Michelle Gaffaney
Michelle Gaffaney - Architectural Director
With a wealth of experience working on a range of projects, Michelle Gaffaney has a passion for design and strong relationships with her clients. Connect with Michelle on LinkedIn