If the street style influences the clothes that you wear, have you ever thought of using it to influence your home decor, too? There are plenty of things that you can do to inject a little of the street right into your home. Today, we’re going to take a look at some ideas to give you a modern, urban look that won’t break the bank.
Expose your brickwork
If you live in a brick-built house, why not show them off? Just strip back the wallpaper and get through any plasterboard and you might find a magnificent wall behind it. As long as you are careful with filling any holes and putting in some insulation, you shouldn’t have any problems with the cold. There’s an excellent guide to exposing your brickwork over at Wikihow. However, if you are worried about making a mess, you should consider hiring a professional.
Mix and match
Just like mixing up a Gucci coat with a pair of Chuck Taylors works on the street, mixing up styles and eras in your home can have a dramatic effect. Use lots of different materials, layer your furniture, and use levels. Mantelpieces, coffee tables, and sideboards can all be used to create different heights of lighting. It’s a case of trial and error. Some things won’t work while others will straight away. Positioning is everything, of course. It’s a great way to bring your own personality into your home, as well as some of your back story. History is very relevant to street style – and so it should be in your home, too.
Try for a funkier approach with your lighting. Again, mixing things up can be a great way to go. A fluorescent strip light can add bold, UV effects while traditional tall standing lamps can bring a touch of class. Add some lightbulb strips to hanging mirrors to replicate the look of many theatres and nightclub entrances. Be brave with your colour choices – but don’t overdo it! Firstly, it can look overcooked, and secondly, your energy payments will go through the roof.
Hanging pieces of art on the wall is probably the easiest way to infuse your home with your love of street style. You could hang your own pictures, or dedicate an area to your graffiti skills. Don’t have any? Well, take a look at this Banksy canvas art instead. Ideally, you should look for pieces of work that are unique, but also say something about you.
Finally, why not consider getting a pair of turntables instead of a single record player? Vinyl has influenced street style for many years, and there is no sign of it stopping. A good pair of turntables in the living room is much more of a big deal than a mp3 player. Plus, all those records you buy will sound great – and look great on your wall if you decide to display the covers.