For the HGTV-junkies among us, who love Joanna Gaines’ style on the hit show Fixer Upper, bringing a taste of Magnolia Farms home has never been easier. Yet so many design guides focus on apron sinks and subway tile. Here’s how to bring the “Fixer Upper” look to create your coziest, most beautiful bedroom ever.
Transitional = Anything Goes
Design styles and terminology get thrown around in magazines, on television and on the internet. It can get a little confusing. Of course, “mid-century” means inspired by the styles of the 1950’s and 1960’s. “Farmhouse” looks take their playbook from the early 1900’s American farmhouses. “Industrial” looks often include iron and metal. “Modern” often looks sleeker or even more sophisticated. But today’s styles pull all of those things together--and yet it still somehow looks good!
It may sound like a mishmash, but in fact is more often called “transitional”--a style that has enough classical inspiration to seem timeless, but modern elements to look updated.
The good news about transitional looks is that it means you can incorporate all of your favorite things--grandma’s antiques can sit right next to a piece from your global travels, right next to that slipcover chair you got at Ikea. The bad news is that without a cohesive theme, it’s easy to have a place that looks more random than curated.
Warmth & Texture 101
Here are a couple of essential elements to the "Fixer Upper" transitional style:
- Warmth - Include something wood, be it beams on a high ceiling, wood floors, or a live edge shelf, Joanna nearly always incorporates the warmth of wood.
- Texture - Modern looks can be too sleek for some, texture is a great way to add that variety. Texture means a variety of fabrics and finishes--some sleek or even metal, others tufted and upholstered.
- "Lived-in" - The "Fixer Upper" style looks timeless because it pulls from a variety of design styles, including historical ones, but it also gains an instant sense of history by appearing "lived-in." To get the lived in look, you'll want to mix some old and new--and not everything from a single store or shopping trip.
Pulling It All Together
Once you have a sense of the concepts, and the elements you will want to combine, it's time to pull it all together. You can even make a checklist for each of the styles or elements you want to include in your beautiful and cozy bedroom.
It’s also time to decide on a theme. One way to make everything look put together is to have “repeating elements”--if you use black in one place as an accent, you also use it somewhere else; if you use wood one place, include it in another element. The theme, then, can be several elements, or a repeated shape or style (such as hexagons, squares, or chevron shapes).
Here are some ideas for including balanced design:
- A reclaimed headboard, such as the frames of windows; balance that by painting some antique candlesticks in the same rustic finish and setting them on the dresser.
- A wooden Moroccan wall decor piece; balance that by having a Moroccan-tile inspired rug.
- A retro light fixture with Edison bulbs; balance that by including an industrial decor piece on your end table.
Altogether, choose 3 or 4 elements for your bedroom, with a neutral pallet (white, gray, some black) but a single accent color. Then you will easily pull it altogether!
An Inexact Science
Designing can be an art and a science--but there’s also plenty of room for your personal preferences when you get that “Fixer Upper” look in your super-cozy bedroom.