Joanna Gaines's favorite decor trick is so easy to copy (and can completely update a room)

Joanna Gaines has some seriously fabulous decor tricks up her sleeve. (We mean, how else does one amass ten million devoted Instagram followers and build a literal decor empire?) But if you ask us, the reason her reach is so prolific is because said "tricks" are also super-attainable design lessons (for all of us non-millionaires).

Example A: repeating like patterns in different pieces. To lend cohesion to her schemes—while avoiding matchy-matchyness, a huge "design don't"—Jo is constantly pulling in similar shapes and forms in the various elements of her designs. 

In the above Fixer Upper gem, for example, the trellis pattern of the dining-room rug is echoed in the Moroccan-inspired buffet moldings, the bulbous twin lamp bases and even the framed wreath display. But note the difference between "similar" and "same" here, folks. By opting for the former, Gaines creates cozy spaces with character—as opposed to cookie-cutter vibes.  

Want to give this trick a whirl, but on a budget? Pick out a pattern in your existing rug or curtains—and order yourself some inexpensive, corresponding throw pillows to establish the motif. 

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Architectural pieces

If you've watched an episode of "Fixer Upper," you know that Joanna loves adding unique touches to her clients' homes in the form of architectural pieces like old doors, windows or corbels. 

"Anything that came out of an old house or building that's kind of its own story. That's the kind of stuff I'm always looking for," Joanna told Country Living.


Ornate frames

One of the easiest ways to add that special touch to any room is by using picture frames. Joanna loves using antique frames to display her children's' artwork. 

"It's a fun play when you have your kids' artwork paired with an antique frame," she said.


Unusual storage

Not only are Joanna's design pretty, they're also functional as well. 

"I'm always looking for storage, so anything that I can put in the living room that we can hide something under that's also a unique piece—[like] old storage boxes and bins," Joanna told Country Living. "And I'm always looking for something you can store toys in but that's kind of cool and unique." 


Vintage books

A home designed by Joanna is never without a stack of vintage books on a table or carefully placed on a shelf.

"I love antique books," Joanna said. "They're quirky and make [a space] feel not so expected."

Old light fixtures

We think nothing makes a bigger statement than a unique light fixture -- and Joanna agrees!

"Old light fixtures to incorporate in newer renovations. When we're doing these renovations I always want it to feel like there's history there, and one way to incorporate that is using antique light fixtures that you [can] have rewired."



Joanna's go-to when it comes to making a home feel "homey" are knickknacks throughout the living space that are special to the owners.

"I love knickknack-type stuff for the bookshelves. I feel like bookshelves and open built-ins can feel a little stale, so for me it's finding these random little things that speak to you. I have this brass mouse that's so random, but to me it's just the cutest thing. It's those things that help tell your story."


Channel letters

Joanna isn't the only one who's a fan of this decoration. Her husband, Chip, is also a huge fan. The other half of the "Fixer Upper" duo has said he "loves" these letters while antique shopping with JoJo.



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