17 Ways to Decorate Like Chip and Joanna Gaines

HGTV Magazine has the ultimate guide to recreating the Fixer Upper stars' signature style.

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June 15, 2016

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1. Shiplap Walls

Exposing the rough-sawed wood boards, often found in older homes behind drywall, then painting them white is one of this design duo’s favorite reno tricks. “Shiplap adds texture and shows the history of the home,” says Joanna. But not every house has existing shiplap. To get the look, Joanna suggests buying pine boards with tongue-and-groove edges, nailing them to the wall and painting them.

2. Black-and-White Bathroom Tile

“I tell people black-and-white is my favorite color,” says Joanna. Tiles that form a graphic pattern when installed, like in this photo, and 1-inch hexagons both tick off timeless on the couple’s style checklist.

3. Galvanized Pendants

“Galvanized metal is a fun material to work with because it goes with everything,” says Joanna. It’s a Fixer Upper staple. ANP Lighting 16"H x 18"-diameter aluminum pendant, $187.50, build.com

4. White Slipcovers

A no-fail addition to any living room: custom-fit white slipcovers that are machine-washable. They help achieve the casual, lived-in look Joanna strives to create.

5. Open Shelving

The duo’s favorite way to do open shelving: 3-inch-thick floating shelves made from cedar. Minus shelf brackets, the look is clean and simple. 

6. White Subway Tile With Dark Grout

Chip and Jo’s number-one kitchen backsplash material, white subway tile, works in homes old and new. Dark gray grout is Joanna’s top choice — “It highlights the tile, making the backsplash stand out” — but if your kitchen already has a lot going on, stick with white grout.

7. Apron-Front Sink

“I don’t think there’s been an episode yet where I haven’t done a farmhouse sink,” says Joanna. While the style exudes traditional charm, Joanna likes to pair it with modern touches, like a pull-down faucet and concrete countertops.

8. Blue Paint

Watery colors are always welcome in Fixer Upper renos. “I like lighter blues with gray undertones because you can use them as neutrals,” says Joanna. In her new paint line — Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines — four of the 25 colors are blue. The closest one to this soft shade is called Rainy Days.

9. Wool Rugs

Flat-weave wool, reliable even in heavy traffic, is a regular in Joanna’s rug rotation. Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Chantilly 8' x 10' wool rug in ivory and black, $959, magnoliamarket.com

10. Vintage Signs

“I am always on the lookout for vintage signs,” says Joanna. She and Chip find them at flea markets, antiques shops and on Etsy and eBay. They gravitate toward large-scale pieces, which can serve as art.

11. Iron Light Fixtures

When it comes to lighting, Joanna veers between traditional, dainty chandeliers and hard-edged iron fixtures. “I have a closet full of lighting I’ve collected over the years that I pull from for my clients’ homes.”

12. Metal Chairs

“I have a thing for metal café chairs,” Joanna says. “They carry a hint of industrial that goes with any style.” You can find them in tons of colors at industrywest.com and overstock.com.

13. Architectural Salvage

“I like to leave a piece of history in homes I design,” says Joanna. A super-easy way to do that: Decorate with windows, shutters and gates scooped up at architectural salvage shops and flea markets. Or buy new pieces made to look old. Woodland Imports Simple and Minimalist 20" x 10" wood and metal panel, $68.50, wayfair.com

14. Giant Clock

“What I love about big clocks is the symbolism — that time is a gift — and the size,” says Joanna. “For people who don’t want clutter on a wall, just one oversize clock will do the trick.” Paris 28"-diameter wood clock, $129, atwestend.com

15. Tall Windows and Shutters

A brilliant Chip-and-Jo move that never gets old: Bring more natural light into a dark home by tearing down walls and installing new windows and shutters — the bigger the windows, the better. 

16. Wood-Plank Bed

Stacked wood boards resembling shiplap are unexpected on a bed but feel totally classic. Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Traditional Plank white oak queen bed, $899, magnoliahomefurniture.com for stores

17. Industrial Stools

Mixing wood and metal, a favorite Joanna combo, achieves the old warehouse look she loves. Industrial 34 ¼"-tall wood and steel stool, $229, westelm.com

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