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30 Ways to Decorate Like Joanna Gaines

Refresh Your Front Door

If you’re looking to add curb appeal to your home’s exterior, take note from Joanna Gaines. She recommends refreshing your front door with a new coat of paint. Her recently released Magnolia Home exterior paint collection offers more than 150 paint shades. They're must-haves if you’re looking to redo your front door because the formulas are crafted to protect your home against harsh elements. Say goodbye to paint that peels, cracks, and blisters!

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Add Seating to the Porch or Patio

According to Joanna Gaines, every outdoor space needs a sitting area. Although rocking chairs and porch swings may seem cliché, they’re desirable. You can leisurely sip coffee on your front porch or unwind on your back patio with a glass of wine. Continue to customize your outdoor space by adding flower boxes, a welcoming doormat, and a trendy wreath.

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Examine Your Entryway

Thankfully, Joanna Gaines has design tips for every area of our home. She stresses the importance of a thoughtful entryway. This space is often overlooked, so she recommends focusing on the details of the entryway because this is the first thing your guests will see. She likes to use benches, long console tables, oversized mirrors, and wall art to soften the space. She then incorporates plants, blankets, and pillows to add depth.

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Focus on Seemingly Small Details

Part of Chip and Joanna’s success stems from their ability to focus on the seemingly small and insignificant details of a home. They’ve said goodbye to their HGTV series Fixer Upper, but their various construction and design renovations introduced viewers to an aesthetic that placed value in the details. They mix and match pieces that are simple, fresh, and timeless. 

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Embrace Diversity

The easiest way to embrace eclecticism or diversity in your home is to eliminate predisposed notions of what is and isn’t acceptable. Joanna isn’t afraid to experiment with colors, textures, and patterns, mix modern and retro accents, or add character to a space. If you’re wanting to incorporate an eclectic design into your home, look to Joanna for inspiration. Baskets, bookshelves, paintings, and trinkets are an easy way to eclectically accessorize your home.

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Cultivate Cozy Corners

In order for a room to be livable, it must feel cozy. Plush furniture, textured rugs, oversized pillows, and soft throw blankets can help create a dreamy living space. While small design details are important, Joanna stresses the importance of furniture arrangement when decorating a living room. If this is going to be a place for friends and family to sit and chat, furniture should be arranged in a way that encourages conversation.

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Create Multipurpose Spaces

If you’re working with a small apartment or home, make the most out of your space. Joanna has a knack for designing rooms that achieve multiple goals. She’s been known to line hallways with bookshelves, create guest bedrooms that double as playrooms, and transform entryways into functional office spaces. Follow Joanna’s lead and don’t limit a space to just one function.

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Utilize Neutrals

Shades of white, taupe, and beige are Joanna’s backdrop of choice. Honestly, we can’t blame her. Neutrals never go out of style. Furniture, textiles, and decorations shine in comparison to light-colored walls and can be replaced and rearranged without clashing. If these perks aren’t enough, neutral shades brighten, calm, and allow rooms to appear larger. Magnolia Market’s interior paint collection features Joanna’s hand-selected colors—including her favorite shades of neutral.

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Mix and Match Patterned Tiles

A wonderful way to add personality to a master or guest bathroom is to install mixed tiles. This may seem counterproductive, but it creates a unique aesthetic. The most important tip is to mix only the pattern of the tiles, not the color. This allows your bathroom to look cohesive, yet stylish. For example, hexagonal penny tiles on the floor and subway tiles on the wall (or in the shower) would break up consistency!

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Don’t Neglect Rooms Made for Chores

It’s true. It’s typically more exciting to decorate spaces we enjoy spending time in rather than rooms we dread walking into—like the laundry room. But because Joanna is the queen of interior design, she can transform even the dullest of utility rooms into something great. She recently said she’s “learned that when you make your spaces creative and fun, it helps make the chores, like laundry, not so bad.”

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Line Your Walls With Family Photos

Whether Joanna is decorating her own home or the home of a client, she enjoys lining the walls with family photos. She believes a home should be a reflection of the people living in it—which is why she prefers to decorate with sentimental images. She transformed her own home by hanging black and white images of her family on their shiplap walls. The images can be admired as guests walk up or down the stairs.

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Choose a Bold Backsplash

Fixer Upper kitchen makeovers were truly inspiring. No matter what kind of refresh Joanna and Chip completed, the end product had us drooling. Whether the kitchen was mid-century, modernized, or completely vintage, it almost always utilized a bold backsplash. Joanna isn’t afraid to experiment with colors and patterns in the kitchen. Installing a ceramic, glass, or stone backsplash is an easy way to update your space!

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Experiment with Wallpaper

Wallpaper has made a much-needed comeback. Joanna Gaines decided to take advantage of this recurring trend by creating her own line of wallpaper. The Magnolia Homes wallpaper collection has the ability to transform, personalize, and reinvent a space. They offer a variety of colors and patterns that will complement any room. Joanna even created removable shiplap wallpaper that’s perfect for those who rent an apartment or home.

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Add a Vent Hood to Your Kitchen

Chip and Joanna Gaines are known for their fusion of rustic and sleek elements, especially in the kitchen. Stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are paired boldly with wood floors and custom range hoods. According to Joanna, vent hoods are a must-have. They can be pricey when made and installed by companies such as Rangecraft, but other craftsmen can attempt to duplicate a stylish vent hood for a discounted price.

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Invest in Accent Pieces

Decorative accent pieces are what turns a house into a home. These are the small details that you add to your space to create personality. They tell the story of you, your family, and your home. Joanna uses books, candles, vases, greenery, blankets, and pillows to personalize a room. She always reminds fans that accent pieces are “the finishing touches that really make a room feel finished.”

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Incorporate Inspirational Wall Decor

If you’ve shopped on Joanna’s Magnolia website, you’ve most likely seen the abundance of wall decor she sells. These are pieces that inspire her, and she hopes they will inspire you, too. Wall scrolls, banners, expressions, and signs illustrate words of affirmation and encouragement. Displaying an inspirational quote will give your home major Joanna vibes.

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Use Lighting to Make Rooms Appear Bigger

Lighting is often used to maximize spaces. It’s a trick that’s been around for decades. Recently though, Joanna Gaines introduced us to yet another brilliant design tip that amplifies the amount of light in your home. She recommends hanging pendant lights in front of mirrors. The reflection of the light is instantly doubled. Not only will the hanging lights look trendy, but they’ll increase visibility in dark spaces and make your room appear bigger than it is.

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Opt for Open Storage

Once again, Joanna Gaines has given us a decorating tip that we’re ready to copy. Instead of shoving kitchenware into cabinets, she’s taught us to take advantage of open storage. Sturdy open shelves allow you to display decorative plates, cups, and other miscellaneous kitchen items. If you don’t already have open shelves in your kitchen, they’re fairly easy to build, and you’ll likely love the results!

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Set Up Shiplap

If you’ve ever watched HGTV’s Fixer Upper, you know Joanna Gaines is obsessed with shiplap. The wooden paneling creates a rustic look for an inexpensive cost. The rows of wooden planks are easily pieced together thanks to overlapping rabbet joints. Once installed, you can purchase a one-quart can of paint from Magnolia Home that will complement your shiplap.

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Utilize Florals and Greenery

Joanna Gaines understands the importance of decorating with florals. Whether you prefer potted plants, faux greenery, or fresh blooms from the grocery store, incorporating plants into your decor will add an extra layer to your space. And because Joanna is the ultimate plant-lady, you can now order houseplants directly to your door! Her favorites include the fiddle leaf fig, hoya plant, sweet bay laurel bush, and monstera philodendron. 

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Knock Down Walls to Create Open Spaces

Fixer Upper’s fixation with open floor plans has convinced loyal fans to consider knocking down interior walls so their homes will resemble those remodeled by Chip and Joanna. Although this can be a daunting task, it has the potential to completely change the layout of your home. This project creates big, multi-functional spaces that can expand across several rooms.

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Allow Your Home to Tell a Story

Your home is an extension of yourself and should tell your story. Every piece of furniture and every accessory you choose to display in your home represents who you are. Joanna has cultivated a style that represents her. While we are inspired by her decor, she gives us the opportunity to build upon her ideas by offering a line of home decor that’s highly customizable.

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Understand Less is More

Joanna isn’t technically a minimalist, but she does know that less is more when it comes to decorating. She encourages men and women to be selective when styling and accessorizing their home. Not only will your home feel less overwhelming, but it will save you money. Only buy and display pieces you absolutely love!

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Don’t Rush Decorating

Joanna advises fans to slowly acquire home decor items. Interior design should never be rushed. Unfortunately, many people rush to decorate. Finding the perfect decorations takes time. Joanna recommends living in your space for a bit before deciding what you need. When you spot accessories you can’t live without, purchase them. In the end, you’ll have a collection of decorations you truly love and admire.

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Mix and Match Textiles

As you decorate, you should experiment with imperfection. Instead of purchasing a set of matching pillows or two of the same throw blankets, opt for contrast. Mixing and matching textiles is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. Joanna Gaines says that colors, patterns, and textures should vary. This creates depth and dynamic in your home.

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Layer Seasonal Elements into Your Decor

Whatever the holiday, you have full permission to decorate accordingly. Thankfully, Joanna Gaines has eased the transition between seasons. Instead of completely redecorating the interior and exterior of your home, she recommends layering seasonal elements into your current decor. By adding festive accessories, you can quickly transform your home’s seasonal aesthetic.

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Plan Your Tablescapes

Nothing’s prettier than a decorated dinner or dining table. If you’re looking to decorate like Joanna Gaines, recreate one of her stylish tablescapes. This is a great way to transform your home for the holidays. Beautiful dishware, placemats, cloth napkins, and seasonal decor will up the elegance of your kitchen or dining area. Your guests will appreciate the time and effort you put into making your space beautiful and welcoming.

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Add Candles and Fragrances

When Joanna Gaines blogged about her favorite candle, her fans took note. It’s the Magnolia Signature Candle in linen. Other scents are sold online and in Magnolia Market, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. The candles come in 11-ounce and 26-ounce jars. The homemade scents are fresh, cozy, and pleasant.

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Decorate With Display Ladders

If you watch Fixer Upper reruns, it’s likely you’ve witnessed Joanna decorating with a wooden or metal display ladder. These ladders are a unique way to add dimension and texture to your home. Because they’re for decorative use only, they look best when layered with blankets and knits.

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Find Your Design Style

Joanna and Chip Gaines often preach the importance of finding and developing one’s own design style. While taking note of their brilliant design and renovation tips, tricks, and techniques, you can still make your space feel personalized and intimate. Joanna has many blog posts on her website describing past home remodels. Each home is different and based on the owners’ design preferences. Authenticity is so important when decorating a space!

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