Since the very first second it hit the airwaves, I have been a huge fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. For starters, it was the first show that embraced the style I personally love (reclaimed wood, thrift store goods and modern detailing like concrete counters, brass fixtures and subway tiles), and it single-handedly created a new appreciation (and #hashtag trend) for an old favorite: #SHIPLAP!
Co-hosts (and spouses) Joanna and Chip Gaines can, in my book, do just about anything they set their minds to — from ripping out walls and cabinets and making-over homes to starting a B&B and raising a farm full of animals (and beautiful children). So it was no surprise when I heard The Magnolia Home (Joanna’s shop and studio) was launching its first collection of paint colors.
Paint is my go-to design solution for just about any problem. Boring walls? Furniture that
needs some love? Exterior that needs to feel modern again? Paint is almost always the answer. But not everyone is ready to make a huge commitment, so I love when collections pop up that embrace modern neutrals and deep hues that won’t leave you running for the hills when “Icelandic Poppy Red” turns into “Nightmare Firetruck Crimson.”
Today I sat down and asked Joanna some questions about the new collection (and yes, there’s a color called “Shiplap”), and for some tips on how she likes to use paint at home and in her clients’ spaces. Read on to see her answers and check out more from her new collection of paint. You can view all 25 colors from her collection, and shop online, right here. xo, grace
D*S: What inspired you to create a collection of paint? What did you want to add to the market that you felt was missing?
Joanna: Paint is one of the easiest ways to transform a space and change its overall look and feel. Our friends, family and supporters are always asking for advice on how to select the perfect paint color. And as I’ve worked with clients over the past twelve years, I’ve learned that committing to a paint color is a big fear for a lot of people. It really is a big commitment, and there are so many options out there that the process of choosing can be overwhelming. I was inspired to make the process simpler and less stressful by developing this paint with KILZ and choosing paint colors that will seamlessly blend with all personal style aesthetics.
D*S: Do you have a go-to paint color from your collection that you’re using the most right now, and why?
Joanna: It’s hard to choose just one, because every color in the collection is inspired by someone or something important to me. From Chip’s wedding band to our farm animals — each color has a unique and personal story. But one of my go-to hues right now is “Emmie’s Room,” named after my youngest daughter. She’s courageous, but like this color, she also has a soft side. This blue-grey hue is soft, timeless and is a great complement to anything bold.
D*S: What are your hopes for your paint collection in the next few years? Do you see this expanding into more products or other home improvement lines? (I’d love to see a Magnolia wallpaper or tile collection!)
Joanna: Nothing else has been announced just yet, but we have some projects in the works that we can’t wait to share. Like Magnolia Home Paint, I love this process of personalizing home improvement lines. It makes my job as a designer much easier, and I hope it makes yours easier, too.
D*S: For clients who are afraid of color, but don’t want all-white walls, what are your favorite colors and finishes to use?
Joanna: I love greens and blues, but if those seem like a big color commitment, I think grey is a beautiful choice for any space. Greys can provide a touch of warmth and color, while keeping a neutral and calm backdrop for your space. I think “Wedding Band,” inspired by Chip’s ring, is a beautiful true grey. “Cupola” or “Weathered Windmill” are a little darker and would add a nice depth for someone wanting an “in between” shade.
D*S: Do you have any paint nightmares or mistakes that you’ve learned from?
Joanna: There have been lots of times over the years that we’ve committed to a color big-time and it turned out looking completely different than I expected. These kind of mistakes are expensive, especially when it’s so simple to paint a test patch and make sure the color dries looking how you want it to. Try buying a sample first, or at least save yourself some time and paint a small corner before you really get started.
D*S: If you could encourage everyone viewing your new collection to try one thing with your paint, what do you hope they’ll try?
Joanna: Painting furniture is one of those things where my clients aren’t sure where to start, which is why I wanted to formulate special cabinetry and furniture paint. One of my favorite parts of updating a home is incorporating antique pieces into the space and bringing them back to life. With this paint formulation, I hope you’ll feel empowered to take on these types of projects and tackle the antique pieces you’ve been wanting to breathe new life into.
D*S: What is your favorite way to use paint outside of painting walls?
Joanna: Definitely painting exteriors. This first paint release is not formulated for outdoor use, but it’s definitely in the works. A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to add curb appeal to your home, but again, this is one of those projects that seems daunting. With my outdoor paint line, this process will be made easier and less overwhelming.