Figuring out a way to get your home designed by the Joanna Gaines herself is tricky. Emulating her style is about as close as you can get these days, and honestly, it’s not as easy as it looks on “Fixer Upper.” Unless you have a warehouse filled with vintage treasures, your own line at Target, or a partner in crime like Chip to do your demo. It’s tough to strike that perfect “Farmhouse Modern” chord without making some mistakes along the way. Luckily, fixing them is as simple as asking “What would Jo do?”
Too Much White
White is the crisp, clean backdrop for so many of Joanna’s “Farmhouse Modern” interiors. But all white everything—walls, floors, furniture, linens—can veer into “Shabby Chic” territory pretty quickly. Also, bright white paint and furniture isn’t for every house. You have to get a lot of natural light to keep white walls from looking cold in your home. And if you live with kids or pets, you might want to indefinitely postpone the white sofa idea. My advice—and probably Jo’s too? Consider a little bit of pigment for your walls. Try a light gray or a khaki, a cream, or even a blush.
“Farmhouse Modern” Is a Little Too Country for the City
Joanna Gaines lives in Waco, Texas—not glam Dallas or quirky Austin—on an actual farm. So “Farmhouse Modern” is the perfect style for her home. Go for this look if you love it, but lean a little more “modern” than “farmhouse” if you live in the heart of, say, New York City. It’s kind of like decorating your home like a beach house when you’re land-locked. If you lean in too far, it can feel a little out of place.
Putting a Rooster on It
It may be tempting to buy “Farmhouse” motif decorative accessories—things with roosters, cows, goats, pigs, and other farmhouse fauna on them—but don’t. Jo might have a bunch of these farm animals on her property, but I don’t think she’d serve dinner on rooster plates. The exception to this rule: Some kind of rad animal art, like the one in this kitchen.
Shiplap for Days—and Nights
Paneled walls introduce texture and architectural interest to your home. And if you have original shiplap, by all means, keep it! But you don’t have to go crazy tacking up boards on every wall if you don’t. Pick a feature wall—behind a bed, above a fireplace—or even a whole room or two in which to try this wall treatment.