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Fixer Upper Star Joanna Gaines Shares 5 Design Tips Everyone Can Use

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Joanna Gaines is so much more than shiplap.

The Fixer Upper star is known for putting her signature farmhouse stamp on many of the homes she renovates alongside husband, Chip, but her decorating savvy doesn’t stop at wood-paneled walls and white paint.

Although fame fell into the laps of the small-town Texas couple — “We were just living our life out here in little bitty Waco. We had dreams and aspirations like most folks, but this has really been something else,” Chip tells PEOPLE — it stemmed from their years of experience flipping houses, long before HGTV came calling.

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After staging a slew of spaces, launching her own rug and paint lines and running a retail megastore, Magnolia Market, Joanna has become the woman establishing the latest trends instead of following them. If you’re struggling to get started on decorating a Fixer Upper of your own, try out her expert tips:

Start with Color
“A fresh coat of paint can completely transform an entire space, so if you’re looking to make a big change, start there.”

Pay Attention to Accents
“Textiles, like rugs and throw blankets and pillows, are the finishing touches that really make a room feel finished. If you’re redecorating, don’t count them out.”

Be Patient
“Let your house tell your family’s story. Don’t rush to decorate just to have it decorated. Take your time and collect pieces that mean something to you and your family.”

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Compromise
“If your spouse or roommate has one decorating style and yours is completely different, the best way to settle a disagreement is to give and take. You decorate one space and let their style shine through in another part of the house.”

Break the Rules
“You don’t need to follow a specific set of rules with your own home. Do what speaks to you and be unapologetic about it. I always feel most comfortable in a house I can tell is well-loved.”