Does Everyone Actually Hate Joanna Gaines’ Favorite Bathroom Feature?

Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines

Love them or hate them, Joanna Gaines has several design features she loves using. | HGTV

As one half of the beloved home improvement and interior design duo, Joanna Gaines has become a household name. And we’ve fallen in love with her signature farmhouse style. But all of this could be changing, at least in one room of the house — the bathroom.

Believe it or not, this Fixer Upper star may not be perfect, after all. Case in point: her love of clawfoot tubs. Turns out, the design guru’s favorite bathroom feature is quickly going out of style. With that said, you may want to give that bathroom remodel of yours a bit more thought.

The case for clawfoot tubs

It’s no wonder why Gaines loves clawfoot tubs — they’re gorgeous. While they don’t make it into every home improvement project of hers, clawfoot tubs have certainly gotten their 15 minutes. Do we have Gaines to thank for the revival of this timeless tub? Perhaps, but this love affair is coming to an end.

But before we get to that, let’s take a minute to give credit where credit is due. After all, there must be a reason people have historically loved this bathroom feature. For starters, a bathtub that stands on its own often makes the entire space feel bigger, not to mention a clawfoot tub adds a sense of style, sophistication, and elegance. So, why is it going away? Let’s find out.

Next: 91% of homeowners actually prefer this instead.

The case against clawfoot tubs

clawfoot tub

Buyers tend to want larger showers instead. | iStock.com/Motionshooter

Now that we’ve covered why clawfoot tubs are so great, let’s take a closer look at why they’re decreasing in popularity.

According to a 2017 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, master bathtubs are out, and larger showers — and bathroom space, in general — are in. “One quarter of homeowners opt to increase their master bathrooms,” the study reports. In fact, a whopping number of master bathroom renovations include removing the master bathtub altogether; 91% of homeowners actually prefer a larger shower.

Next: Gaines’ other favorite features you should know about

Gaines’ other favorite features

Joanna Gaines on HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

She loves adding rustic accents. | HGTV.com

Any true Fixer Upper fan knows all about Gaines’ signature style. The attention to detail that she gives every home is a hallmark of the show. And if we’re being honest, Gaines’ personal touch is what keeps us all coming back for more.

While we tend to support most of the design decisions she makes, not everyone can be 100% in love with everything that Gaines does or does not put into someone else’s home. From totally impractical accents we hate to outdoor living spaces we can’t get enough of, there’s no denying that Gaines has her own signature style. Here are a few decor moves she swears by.

Next: You either love or hate this design feature.

Shiplap: Love it or hate it?

bedroom covered in shiplap

Thanks to Fixer Upper everyone knows about shiplap. | Magnolia Market via Facebook

You don’t have to be a design expert to know what shiplap is. In fact, you don’t even need to be a true fan of the show to know. Anyone who’s seen at least two episodes of Fixer Upper is well aware that Gaines is straight-up obsessed with the stuff.

Are there people who absolutely hate the trend? You bet. But there are probably even more people who love it. For example, Country Living reported that in just six months’ time, Pinterest saw a 321% increase in shiplap ideas being saved. And we’re confident that Gaines is responsible.

Next: This is what backyard dreams are made out of.

Pergolas: Every backyard’s dream

As seen on Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines and the Barrett family talk about the functionality of the backyard.

Gaines loves those pergolas. | HGTV

We can hear it now. “I’d love to add a nice pergola in the backyard,” suggests a hopeful Joanna Gaines to one lucky couple. And we really can’t blame her, because they’re pretty fabulous. However, not everyone can have one of their own, so we’ll just have to continue living vicariously through the show’s lucky couples.

Next: This type of sink never fails to impress.

Farmhouse sinks never fail

kitchen sink

You’ll see a farmhouse sink make its way into many of Gaines’ kitchens. | iStock.com

The farmhouse sink is possibly Gaines’ most beloved household feature. It’s the one thing that she truly swears by. No matter the look of the house or the size of the kitchen, Gaines never fails to incorporate one of these bad boys into just about every home makeover she does. And we don’t think this well-loved style is going anywhere soon.

Next: The most impractical things Joanna loves to put inside homes.

It’s all about the all-white everything

White upholstery in a home on HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

It might look nice, but living with white furniture is another story. | HGTV

Is there anything more impractical than decking the halls in all white everything? But honestly, is a white couch, white walls, and white cabinets really sensible? We’ll leave this one off of our list of must-haves, along with that clawfoot bathtub, of course.

Next: This looks great in the kitchen, but it just isn’t practical for most of us.

Open and suspended shelving

Suspended shelves in a home on HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

Suspended and open shelving looks great but is practical for nobody. | HGTV

We love the way open and suspended shelving looks in all those Fixer Upper kitchens — but that’s where our appreciation for this design choice ends. Open shelving is the perfect way to put all your favorite china (and that collection of mason jars) on display. However, it gives you nowhere to hide the practical but less-than-pretty items everybody has in their kitchens.

Open shelving also makes it easier for everything you own to collect dust, so that you have to wash your glasses both before and after you use them. And every time Gaines uses suspended shelving, it puts dishes and serving pieces so far out of reach that we’re pretty sure you’d have to be over 6 feet tall to reach any of it.

Next: If you don’t have a fireplace, then you should probably skip this item.

Mantels that are purely decorative

A decorative mantel in a house on HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

A mantel that’s purely decorative is the definition of “impractical.” | HGTV

In several Fixer Upper houses, Chip and Joanna Gaines have installed antique mantles that don’t surround a fireplace and instead are there purely as decoration. We don’t have to tell even the biggest Pinterest enthusiast that this is one of the least practical ways to adorn a wall.

Not only are antique mantels expensive, but they have to be painstakingly secured to the wall to keep them from becoming a safety risk for children and pets. And if you wanted storage for your books and knick-knacks, a traditional bookshelf is a much more practical and efficient option.

Next: This might be good for staging, but let’s be realistic.

Books you’ll never read and plants that are fake

Books and plants in a house on HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

Please don’t decorate your house with books you’ll never read. | HGTV

Staging a house — whether you’re on Fixer Upper or not — requires adding a lot of decorative touches. But we sometimes wonder whether Gaines takes things a little too far. Two of her favorite touches, books and plants, make sense in a home that looks lived-in. But Gaines often decorates homes with books that were clearly chosen just for the color of their binding. And she always brings in a stash of houseplants — some of which we suspect are artificial. The look works just fine when Gaines has a night to stage a house, but we wouldn’t recommend copying it in your own home.

Next: How many barn doors does one house really need?

Barn doors at every turn

Barn doors in a home on HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

A set of barn doors isn’t the most practical choice for a bedroom. | HGTV

This might be a controversial topic, but barn doors really aren’t the most practical kind of door you can install in your home. For one, they rarely lock. They also take up lots of space on the wall, which reduces the space you can use to hang art or to mount shelves or bookcases. Plus, most are impossible to open quietly. We don’t hate barn doors. In fact, we kind of love them. We’re just a little confused about why Gaines uses them so often in Fixer Upper homes.

Next: Another faux item she loves to put in homes

Faux exposed beams

Exposed beams in a home on HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

Fake exposed beams might look good, but they definitely don’t help your home feel authentic. | HGTV

Some houses that Chip and Joanna Gaines renovate include beautiful, authentic beams the duo leaves exposed in a living room or kitchen. But just as often, they add faux beams to a space that didn’t have them in the first place. Sure, decor doesn’t need to be practical. But why go through the trouble of adding fake architectural accents to a house where they don’t belong?

Additional reporting by Jess Bolluyt.

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