Design Advice We’ve Learned from John Galliano

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Here are seven interior design ideas to live by, inspired by the statement looks from John Galliano.

With the recent news about John Galliano's return to fashion as Creative Director for Maison Martin Margiela, we're excited to see what the creative mastermind has in store. Why? His unique personal style has given us design inspo for years, which we're taking into our home. Here are seven pieces of decor advice we've learned from Galliano himself.

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Contrast Colors Yes, monochromatic rooms are absolutely lovely but when bold is best, contrasting colors is a route to maximum impact. Black and white done right is classic with a touch of masculine tailoring that will build a memorable space that wows.

John Galliano: Getty // Room image courtesy of Houzz

john galliano decor advice

Animal Prints are Best Served as Accents A leopard or zebra print can add exotic pop to a room however, that doesn't mean the entire space needs to be on safari. While they can be layered with other patterns, stick to one animal print per room so it doesn't turn into the Serengeti.

John Galliano: Getty // Room image courtesy of Houzz

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Never Underestimate the Power of Statement Accessories We all know Galliano loves a hat—top hat, matador hat, even a feather one—so take it from him that a statement topper (ahem, chandelier) will create major impact in a room. Individualism is key, so whether placed in a simple room or over-the-top one, never underestimate the power of accents that have a life of their own.

John Galliano: Getty // Room image courtesy of Houzz

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Attitude is Everything Confidence is key and just like the designer struts down the runway after every show, your room should show its stuff. That doesn't mean wildly over-the-top, just confidence in the design you're presenting. Your decor should be a reflection of you and you should love it. #werk

John Galliano: Getty // Room image courtesy of Houzz

john galliano decor advice

Global Embellishment is Good Building your own style means infusing your home with personalized objects. Found goods from travels abroad or inherited pieces will expand your space to a more global environment with memories all your own.

John Galliano: Getty // Room image courtesy of Houzz

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Layer in Texture Similarity is boring, so bring in fabrics and materials that are texturally different. A knotty shag rug against smooth hardwood or a hand knit throw atop an aged leather chair. Just like crimped hair, a texturized room adds depth and interest.

John Galliano: Getty // Room image courtesy of Houzz

john galliano decor advice

Tell a Story, Whatever That Story May Be Known for storybook-like shows, Galliano uses environment to create a scene. Whether a tiptoeing through a mysterious castle or taking it easy in the English countryside, let each room be a chapter in the book that is your home. Make sure there is a cohesive thread running through, but then let each space tell it's own version.

John Galliano: Getty // Room image courtesy of Houzz

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