Creative. Conceptual. Quintessential. Sexy. Unique. These are just a few words that can describe Lady Gaga, who was crowned the most powerful celebrity in 2011 (she even beat Oprah). Gaga is known for her activism, inspiring a “Born this Way” campaign, she has a following of ‘little monsters’, and is even coming out with a clothing line with her little sister, Natali. So it’s not surprising that Gaga’s passion for fashion can easily be translated into design and home décor.
There are just so many possibilities that I don’t even know where to begin!
One thing definitely applies for design inspired by Gaga: there are no rules! If you’re itching to design a Gaga-inspired bedroom or lounge, remember that less is never best (because with Gaga, you can never have too much!) Just think of her many daring and exaggerated outfits; she is definitely a centerpiece herself. Speaking of centerpieces, I recommend an over-the-top chandelier as a focal piece – such as one of Foucault’s orb crystal chandeliers, it is sure to be a conversation piece in itself. This chandelier is reminiscent of Gaga’s orb headpiece that she wore on the Fall Preview Issue (#60) of V Magazine or the Nasir Mazhar designed metal orbs that she wore in 2009 while performing at Saturday Night Live.
Foucault’s Orb Chandelier by Restoration Hardware
Texture is important when creating a Gaga-esque style. You can never have enough texture, and don’t be afraid to mix and match! For example, you can try mixing silky soft bedding, in rich colours like fuchsia, royal purple or deep blue, with textured throw rugs or blankets. I recommend a beautiful sheepskin throw that you can elegantly drape at the foot of your bed to add a splash of colour and a touch of warmth. These rugs are also multipurpose because you can drape them over your chairs to protect the upholstery or add some comfort to your precious derriere. Don’t forget to add some fun to your accessories, like incorporating massively oversized throw pillows with silk bows on them, which draws from Lady Gaga’s bow hair that she wore during her Poker Face days.
Go crazy with the wall colours. Don’t be afraid to use bold paint colours or even patterned wallpapers (remember to colour block one feature wall boldly with either paint or wallpaper and then mute the surrounding walls). If you’re going for the elegant Gaga look, I suggest using damask-patterned wallpaper in a dark colour, such as black or grey. You can even pick something that has a slight sheen to it. The dark colours will make your accents pop and draw more attention to your focal pieces, like the chandelier or the Gaga-inspired credenza in the photo shown. This pink (or white) lacquered cupboard not only acts as a storage unit for your clothes, but it’s also a mirror. So you can check yourself out while adding some style. I’m sure that Gaga would approve!
Don’t worry if you don’t want to add some of the frilly design elements, like the bows or “girly” colours, stay in the dark tones – like black, silver, and deep shades of blue (such as navy blue, cobalt blue or midnight blue) which will add more of a masculine element to the bedroom. You can even add in a splash of red as an accent colour (try Valentino Red) in some geometric shapes, like some geometric patterned mirrors, that are recurring throughout Gaga’s Poker Face video (and a current theme in her wardrobe, too). Or incorporate a headboard made of leather that is reminiscent of Gaga’s biker-chick look on her Born this Way album.
Whatever your plan is, don’t forget to have fun with it. Gaga is all about fun, freedom, taking risks and being yourself. As Gaga herself would say, “don’t be a drag, just be a queen!”