Chip and Joanna Gaines seem to have swept the nation with modern farmhouse style. As the stars of HGTV’s show, “Fixer Upper”, this husband and wife team turn Waco’s most undesirable homes into things of beauty. What many people don’t know, however, is that these two were renovating rundown properties several years before HGTV made them a household name. The couple even owns a handful of businesses, which include Magnolia Farms, Magnolia Homes, and Magnolia Market.
Through the years, Joanna has been able to perfect her design style, which is clearly a blend of old and new. This rustic-meets-modern is a look many people are desiring for their home–and it’s no wonder. The end result is simple, fresh, inviting–and actually easier to attain than you may realize. Here are 4 tips for styling your home the Joanna Gaines way.
Neutral Colors are a Must
You can’t get the light and airy feel of Joanna’s style unless you nix the dark colors. For a calming and casual atmosphere, create a neutral palette. Build a foundation using soft shades of brown, gray, beige, and white (lots and lots of white). When Joanna does add color, she typically sticks with soothing colors, such as sea green or sky blue.
Create Harmony with Vintage & Modern
Joanna has a knack for creating that perfect balance of old and new. This is what keeps the home looking fresh and inviting–and it’s key to getting the end result just right. If you don’t have distressed furnishings on hand, don’t worry. You can easily sand painted surfaces to give a piece a worn out look. Another option is to bring in some vintage farm equipment, which is something Joanna often uses for decor. Also consider using things like old windows, glass jars, used books, and worn trunks in your space. Most items can be found at flea markets, antique stores, or the local thrift shop.
Get in Touch with Nature
A big part of Joanna’s style is bringing the outdoors inside the home. Branches, herbs, pine cones, and flowers are just some gifts from nature that can be used in your decor. Display them in pots, clear vases, mason jars, or anything else that will suit the style.
Pour on the Texture
If you’ve seen the show, you know how much Joanna talks about texture. Her favorite, shiplap, is just one way you can go with this. Barn wood floors, aged leather, brick accents, antiqued furnishings (think farmhouse table), linen drapes, and textured mirrors are some other ways you can get that textural look she’s so fond of.