Joanna Gaines Explains Why She Loves Shiplap

If you’re a fan of Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines, then you know she loves shiplap. In the summer issue of the Magnolia Journal, Joanna discusses her journey as a designer and how she found her unique style. She also spoke about her fondness for shiplap and how it influenced her designs. Here’s why Joanna Gaines loves shiplap.

Joanna Gaines’ design journey

Chip and Joanna Gaines| Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Chip and Joanna Gaines| Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

In her Magnolia Journal column, Joanna spoke about her rough start in the design world. She opened up to her readers about how self-doubt held her back during the early years of her career. She said her biggest fear was that she would ruin a design. Consequently, Joanna relied on the same design styles and colors for the first few homes she worked on:

There was this continual, underlying dread that any one of these decisions that I was trying to pull out of thin air could be the one that proved once and for all that I was no good at this work. Self-doubt loomed so much bigger than the desire to actually grow in my capabilities.  

How Joanna Gaines became introduced to shiplap

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Chip and Joanna Gaines_Today Show|Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Joanna shared in her column that she was first introduced to shiplap after she and Chip worked on a few old homes. She encountered it again when they purchased their farmhouse. The designer said she was excited to find this unique feature throughout the house:

By the time filming began for season one of Fixer Upper, we had purchased and started work on our farmhouse. I had been a designer now for some time and was excited to sink my teeth into this particular project as it felt like we were going to finally going to put down some roots here and make this home ours. It was also a style of home that I had always loved, which made the whole thing that much more enjoyable. It was during the first few days of demo that we discovered shiplap in nearly every space of this house.

Why Joanna Gaines loves shiplap

Joanna Gaines|Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage
Joanna Gaines|Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage

Joanna says she adores shiplap because it creates a timeless look. She also likes that its presence preserves some of the home’s history:

I had spotted this material before in other projects and was immediately drawn to its timeless style and organic texture. I was also happy that it presented an opportunity to highlight the history of the house and its original construction. The more shiplap we found around the farmhouse, the more I knew that I wanted to expose it throughout our home.

Joanna says she will always incorporate timeless design

Chip and Joanna Gaines| Desiree Navarro/WireImage
Chip and Joanna Gaines| Desiree Navarro/WireImage

Although Joanna says in her Magnolia Journal column that she is learning not to play it safe all the time, she still relies on classic design styles.

I will always love a timeless design style, and without fail, there will be classic elements that make their way into nearly any project that I undertake. Yet still, nearly every day something new and unexpected catches my eye, something I had never considered before. More than keeping to any particular aesthetic, our homes should evolve—just as our families do.

Read more: Joanna Gaines Recalls Her Early Years as a Designer: “I Was So Afraid of Messing Up.”

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