Glasgow’s Spaceman Street Art Named in UK’s Top Statement Walls

The Wallace Monument and Stonehenge are taking a back seat as queues form outside the UK’s coolest ‘new’ landmarks. Brightly painted exterior walls around the country, dubbed ‘statement walls’ or ‘colour walls’, are becoming a magnet for social media stars as they flock to take their picture in front of these new-found Instagram landmarks.

The UK’s leading home improvement and paint retailer, B&Q, commissioned consumer research into the colourful new trend. The research found a quarter of Brits under 35 admitted to taking their own statement walls selfies and a further third would do so if they had a chance. In fact, 29 percent of the nation has admired and interacted with statement wall photos, including a whopping 55 percent of 18-24-year-olds.

The biggest motivation fuelling the trend is pure inspiration – it just looks cool – (58 percent), followed by bragging about cool locations (38 percent), the slimming effect of the patterns (31 percent) and a desire to look on trend (29 percent).

B&Q have gathered influencers perpetuating the trend to reveal the locations of the UK’s top colourful walls so that others can follow in their footsteps.

The UK’s top statement walls, as chosen by B&Q’s panel of influencers include:

Spaceman Mural on New Wynd just off Trongate in Glasgow.
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Spaceman by Recoat and FiST, New Wynd, Glasgow
AKACORLEONE, Buxton Street Gate, Shoreditch, London
Portmeirion Village, Gwynedd, North Wales
Camille Walala, ‘Dream Come True Building’, Old Street, London
The Sound House by Bring the Paint, 28 Southampton Street, Leicester
Flok, 5 Stevenson Square, Manchester

Commenting on the trend, influencer pair Emily Pettiford and Jessica Turley said, “We are huge fans of brightly coloured walls, both inside and outside the home. They can be fairly simple to create yet have a huge impact on any blank space. Not only this, they create the perfect backdrop to your social media posts and will give your friends’ newsfeeds an instant pop of colour.”

The research confirmed that the most popular features are clever artwork (42 percent) and bright colours (35 percent). But despite the nation’s new hunt for colour, we are much more reserved in our own homes. Only 6 percent of Brits use as many bright colours as possible, whilst 53 percent choose white and 49 percent beige as their main wall colours at home.

Despite the lack of colour, Brits are a nation of re-decorators with a third re-painting in the last year, and 11 percent in the last month!

In a bid to encourage home improvers to bring the bold style of now popular statement walls inside, B&Q have teamed up with the colour matching experts at Valspar to create a range of paint palettes inspired by the UK’s top ten statement walls. For more information about B&Q please visit