9 Design Tricks We Learned From Joanna Gaines

So, you're a 'Fixer Upper' fan? So are we, and we've rounded up the top 9 design tricks from co-host Joanna Gaines.

As Fixer Upper fans, we can only dream of Chip and Joanna Gaines helping us find houses to transform into rustic, modern beauties we can call home. But until we start packing our bags for Waco, Texas, our plan? Channel Joanna's style for a Fixer Upper-inspired interior. 

I've rounded up my favorite 8 design tricks I've learned from Joanna from watching countless episodes (and I mean countless). Try some or all of them to get that farmhouse-chic look Joanna would be proud of!

Joanna Gaines

Joanna Gaines

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Open Up the Space

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, AFTER

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Rachel Whyte

Joanna's motto: When in doubt, open up the space. Open concept spaces allow one space to flow into the other, making every square foot more usable. To add both form and function, she brings in in elements that serve a purpose that will also add a design punch against a neutral backdrop, such as a pot filler over the stove.

Tour This Modern Makeover

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Under a Green Canopy

Easy Breezy

Flex Functional

Take a Load Off

Creative Space

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Willing Suspension

Spa Amenities

Meet the Homeowners

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Entryway and Living Space, BEFORE

Entryway and Living Space, AFTER

Living Room, BEFORE

Living Room, AFTER

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

Living-Room Seating Area

Living-Room Seating Area, Detail

Living-Room Seating Area, Detail

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Living Room, Detail

Entryway, AFTER

Entryway, AFTER

Kitchen, BEFORE

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, Detail

Kitchen, Detail

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Dining Room, AFTER

Dining Room, Detail

Dining Room, Detail

Butler's Pantry

Butler's Pantry

Kids' Work Space, AFTER

Kids' Work Space, AFTER

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Kids' Work Space, Detail

Game Room, AFTER

Game Room, AFTER

Game Room, Detail

Game Room, Detail

Game Room, Detail

Master Bedroom, BEFORE

Master Bedroom, AFTER

Master Bedroom, Detail

Master Bath, BEFORE

Master Bath, AFTER

Master Bath, AFTER

Master Bath, AFTER

Master Bath, Detail

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

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Message in a Bottle

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Message in a Bottle

Hosts and Homeowners

Bring in Dramatic Lighting

Industrial Light Fixtures

Industrial Light Fixtures

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Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

If you have it in your budget, incorporate layers of lighting. In this kitchen, subtle can lighting adds a base level of light, while copper pendants add task lighting that doubles as a focal point. 

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Country Charmer Fit for the Kings

Naturally Rustic

Grand Entrance

Value Added

Earthy and Modern

Meet the Homeowners

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Dining Room, BEFORE

Dining Room, AFTER

Kitchen and Dining Room, AFTER

Dining Room, AFTER

Kitchen, BEFORE

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, BEFORE

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

Butler's Pantry, AFTER

Living Room, BEFORE

Living Room, AFTER

Living Room, AFTER

Living Room, AFTER

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

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Living Room, Detail

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Foyer, AFTER

Foyer, Detail

Bedroom and Bath, BEFORE

Bathroom, BEFORE

Master Bath, AFTER

Master Bath, AFTER

Master Bath, Detail

Master Bedroom, AFTER

Master Bedroom, AFTER

Master Bedroom, Detail

Master Suite, AFTER

Master Suite, Detail

Master Suite, Detail

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

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BEFORE

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

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Roll Away: Before

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AFTER

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

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Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

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Home Remakers

Add Subtle Color

Traditional Tile Bathroom

Traditional Tile Bathroom

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We all know by now that Chip and Joanna's staple colors are whites and other neutrals — but these spaces are by no means boring! Joanna loves to bring in color in unexpected ways, like gray grout against white subway tiles in this bathroom.

More Ways to Add Subtle Color

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An Inviting Home and One Very Large Door

Bigger, Brighter, Better

Dining Almost Alfresco

Roomy Transitions

Wide Open Spaces

Comfort and Versatility

Home Work

Dramatically Different

Optimizing Utility

Feathering a Nest

A Couple of Gaines, A Couple of Purks

Living Room, BEFORE

Living Room, AFTER

Living Room Detail, AFTER

Living Room Detail, AFTER

Living Room Detail, AFTER

Living Room, AFTER

Living Room, AFTER

Living Room Detail, AFTER

Fireplace Facelift

A Keeper: Original Dutch Doors

Bathroom, BEFORE

Bathroom, AFTER

Bathroom, AFTER

Bathroom Detail, AFTER

Bathroom Detail, AFTER

Bathroom Detail, AFTER

Laundry Room, BEFORE

Laundry Room, AFTER

Laundry Room, AFTER

Laundry Room Detail, AFTER

Laundry Room Detail - Brick Floors, AFTER

Laundry Room, AFTER

Kitchen, BEFORE

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, BEFORE

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

Dining Room, BEFORE

Dining Room, AFTER

Dining Room, AFTER

Dining Room Detail, AFTER

Dining Room Detail, AFTER

Dining Room Detail, AFTER

Dining Room Detail, AFTER

Nursery, AFTER

Nursery, AFTER

Nursery Detail, AFTER

Nursery Detail, AFTER

Nursery Detail, AFTER

Nursery Detail, AFTER

Behind the Scenes: The Homeowners

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Behind the Scenes: The Reveal

Room for Hospitality

Outline Doors and Windows

Coffee Nook in Barrett Home

Coffee Nook in Barrett Home

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Many of the homes Chip and Joanna renovate are surrounded with beautiful scenery. To take advantage of these surroundings, they highlight doors and windows with natural wood trim. Copy the look at home to embrace your view. 

Midcentury Meets Fixer Upper

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From Bauhaus to Our House

Where's Don Draper?

Spare and Clean

A Kitchen Revealed

Nature as Backdrop

Meet the Homeowners

BEFORE

AFTER

A Truly Blank Canvas

Dining Room, AFTER

Dining Room, AFTER

Dining Room, Detail

Dining Room, Detail

Living Room, BEFORE

Living Room, AFTER

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

Living Room, Detail

Kitchen, BEFORE

Kitchen, BEFORE

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

Kitchen, Detail

Kitchen, Detail

Coffee Nook

Work Station

Bedroom Suite and Hallway, BEFORE

Master Bedroom, BEFORE

Master Suite Bedroom, AFTER

Master Suite, Detail

Master Suite, Detail

Master Suite, Detail

Master Bath, BEFORE

Master Bath, AFTER

Master Bath, Detail

Master Bath, Detail

Nursery, BEFORE

Nursery, AFTER

Nursery, AFTER