Magnolia Makeover: Tips From a Terrific Tudor

We love the new season of Fixer Upper, but it’s bittersweet since it’s the last. That’s why it’s important to grab as many design tips from Joanna and Chip as possible. If you haven’t checked it out already, be sure to visit Joanna’s blog where she shares her thoughts on each renovation.

 

In Episode 4, the Gaines due worked their magic on the Scrivano house, a charming Tudor-style home for a young family.

 

Joanna shared several design tips from the project, and here are three of our favorites:

Moveable island: If you have the space a moveable island is a super versatile piece that doesn’t lock you into a kitchen configuration. You can move it out of the way when you need space for entertaining. Buy a ready-made island, or convert an antique by adding wheels.

 

 

Add texture: This isn’t always easy, because adding an area rug, pillows or throws in a kitchen isn’t always practical, says Joanna. Instead, look for texture in other places. For example, balance sleek materials like marble or metal light fixtures with wood accents such as a rustic bowl for a centerpiece or distressed wooden chairs at the table.

 

Dare to be bold: When it comes to adding bold features, Joanna suggests limiting statement pieces to one or two for a room. “If there are too many strong design choices, the eye has no place to rest, causing the room to feel cluttered,” she writes. In the Scrivano house, Joanna chose checkered flooring for the kitchen, but toned down the look by choosing dusty black and cream tiles. “Don’t stray from using striking design choices – go with your gut and balance them with subtle details in the rest of the space!” she writes.


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