How Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines Creates Stunning Color Schemes In Homes

How Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines Creates Stunning Color Schemes In Homes

Joanna Gaines is a well-known designer who has been dominating the televised design world for almost two decades. Her remarkable transformations and design expertise have been showcased in various shows like HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” and her own Magnolia Network. She is famous for combining old and new styles, textures, and colors, which results in ever-stylish outcomes, especially in homes designed in her signature modern farmhouse style. Choosing the right colors for your home can be a daunting task, but Gaines has some straightforward advice and essential questions to ask before making that decision. By carefully considering the link between your overall desired effect and particular colors, Gaines can create the perfect vision for herself and her homeowners.

Gaines tells Homes & Gardens that important questions include, “What should this space become? What is the story I want to tell in this space?? By plotting out color choices beforehand, you can use certain shades, and groups of shades will get you the feeling you want, be it the calm wash of blues or green, the drama of all black, or the vividness and boldness of reds and oranges.

Color and feeling

Gaines suggests you ask yourself ‘What color am I going to do in this space?” This question can be answered primarily by both design preferences and function. Options include using some of Gaines’ favorite rules for colors and their effects. Some rooms are ripe for establishing a certain feel with color, like bathrooms, where a spa-like serenity in neutrals and nature-based shades is often the perfect approach, or bedrooms, where too much bold color, like reds, can seem off-putting or keep you up at night.

Lightness and darkness are also a factor. “For instance, in my library, it’s dark and moody, but in other spaces, it’s nice to move from that darker moody vibe into that light and open space,” Joanna Gaines tells Homes & Gardens. Cozy spaces like reading nooks or studies are perfect for darker, more dramatic shades that make the room feel intimate, while more open and light-filled spaces benefit from whites, creams, and other neutrals. You may also want to consider the effects of color on opening or closing a space, such as implementing a splash of color on an accent wall to manipulate the eye to make a room feel larger and create a focal point.

A unified palette

Joanna Gaines advises homeowners to consider the color scheme or story for the entire home as a whole. This approach not only provides easy-to-use guidelines for selecting colors but also creates a sense of flow and intentionality throughout the entire home, giving it a cohesive look. Many other designers, like HGTV’s Nate Berkus, support this unified color scheme approach to both indoor and outdoor decorating.

Gaines suggests marshaling both neutrals and colors to make each room unified with the others, but also distinct. “I feel like there was a time when you would assume, ‘my whole house needs to be neutral’ or ‘my whole house needs to be color’. I do feel there is space to do both, depending on what you want to feel in each room.” (via Homes & Gardens). This could include opting for neutral shades in spaces where you want a sense of openness and clarity dotted by accent shades, which you then pull out for greater use in spaces, like home offices or libraries, where you want to feel more energetic or cozy.

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