Joanna Gaines Shares Her Brilliant and Affordable Tips for Elevating Your Home’s Style

For five seasons, millions of viewers have tuned into HGTV’s Fixer Upper to see what Chip and Joanna Gaines have up their sleeves. The rags to riches makeovers of the homes can be awe-inspiring, yet doing a home revamp on your own proves to be daunting at best. Thankfully, Joanna has no plans of leaving her trusted fans in design darkness.

Between her well-thought-out Hearth and Hand by Magnolia decor line exclusively sold at Target and her brilliant and affordable style tips, you can easily elevate your home’s look. Check them out below.

1. Give your tabletop a seasonal facelift

green glassware

Spruce up your table for spring. | Target

As the seasons change, Gaines encourages spending some time (and maybe a little cash) on a tabletop facelift. She believes that “by mixing the old with the new and balancing the beautiful with the practical, you can make the most of every space in your home.” The simplicity of Gaines’ Target collection offers classic pieces that will easily tie in the to the cherished staples you already have.

Next: When affordability is most important, try this.

2. Freshen your table linens


They can instantly change your dining. | Target

Not everyone has the funds to support a full-on tabletop revamp every single season (and understandably so). Gaines gets it too, recommending that if you are going to buy one single item, make it new table linens. Whether it’s a runner or new napkins, table linens have the ability to instantly change the environment and appeal of your dining room.

Next: Amp up the dinner party vibes.

3. Serving dishes and platters boost your tabletop’s allure

beaded serving dishes

Chic table settings and serving dishes keeps things cohesive. | Target

Once you’ve nailed down a beautiful table setting, pull in some of your beloved serving dishes and platters for entertaining. The family-style of serving food keeps the mood casual, while the cohesive look of your tabletop will create an intimate vibe. Plus, all those family heirloom serving dishes deserve their time to truly shine.

Next: There’s no need to spend an arm and a leg on fresh flowers

4. Don’t be afraid of artificial stems

flowers in vases

Sometimes faux plants are just as chic. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

Yes, having fresh-cut flowers in your home is a luxury and an indulgence, but it’s one that not everyone has the energy or bank account to maintain. Gaines is a huge proponent of artificial stems, as long as it’s done right. Avoid a heavy medley of different flowers, and instead, opt for something more simple. Gaines opts for “something laid-back but interesting, like dogwood, to give your table a little extra character.” And don’t be afraid to really manipulate the shape of the stems to add a little dimension.

Next: Less clutter, more aesthetic appeal

5. Avoid cluttered open shelving

La Pequeña Colina house cabinets fixer upper

Make sure your open shelving is clutter free. | Magnolia Market

Whether you have open kitchen shelving or display shelving throughout your home, be mindful of its appearance. For a kitchen, Gaines recommends keeping the daily used items readily available on easy-to-grab shelves. For the shelves that are not crucial to the function of your day-in, day-out lifestyle, let the creative juices start to flow. Gaines “likes to add a variety of shapes and heights for visual interest.” Those wooden bread and cutting boards should be on display, along with your favorite vases and pitchers.

Next: An essential for every home. 

6. Bring real plants into your home

Flowers fixer upper

It enhances the cozy feel of your home. | HGTV

Another classic Gaines touch is pulling an entire room together with plants. She believes “it’s an easy way to pull the look together and bring the space to life.” Not only are plants usually an inexpensive way to enhance the look and feel of your home, but they also offer health benefits. It’s believed that indoor plants help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.

Next: Don’t be afraid of these large pieces

7. Play up the walls

Nautical theme living room fixer upper

Pick large pieces of art. | HGTV

One of Gaines’ go-to style tips is the use large of pieces art when you can. And the pieces do not need to be conventional in any way. That guitar you love should be out of the case and on display. Gaines’ loves to use instruments, vintage maps, and even salvaged pieces like an old screen door to add visual interest to a home’s walls. It’s the unexpected pieces that really make a house a home.

Check out The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!
Source: HGTV, Target