Joanna Gaines Gives Her Best Advice On Which Tacky Items To Keep Out Of Your Living Room

Published on 04/28/2020
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We all love to learn some new tips and tricks about interior design, right? So who could be better than Joanna Gaines – the one person who is truly so knowledgable when it comes to putting together the most perfect living room.  Hot off the press, Gaines is now sharing some ideas as what she considers to be the most unstylish and cheap looking things that homeowners should without a doubt keep out of their living rooms.

Bookcase Wallpaper

Joanna Gaines has lost track of all the homes she has walked into and seen this kind of decoration plastered all over the living room. For real, who are these people trying to deceive? We can see its not a  real bookcase. The best advice for people wanting to show off your education…get some real shelves and put some real books on them! Ironically, those kinds of people who have this wallpaper probably don’t read that many books…

Bookcase Wallpaper

Cluttered Cables

In this era full of technology that we live in, we totally get it, we all have an abundance of devices that leaves us with tons of wires and cables hanging from them. This should in no way allow you to believe that a bunch of cluttered cables looks ugly on the eyes. A perfectionist like Joanna Gaines would never stand for such chaos anywhere in the house, let alone anyone somebody else’s home. If the minimal you can do is hide those cables behind the TV table, away from visitors’ eyes- then, by all means, do it!

Cluttered Cables

White Appliances

This isn’t the first occasion that the color white has been problematic for Joanna Gaines. Her main concern is actually to do with having an all-white room, which is just so uninspiring and boring. Her next issue is on the more practical lines. As some of us can agree its aesthetically pleasing to have white appliances that look fresh and straight out of the box, but it will only be a matter of time before they get all stained and start to look horrid. Piece of advice- stick to the colored appliances.

White Appliances

Frameless Posters

If you’re still in high school or college, we’ll forgive because we’re sure you can’t get enough of your favorite musicians and movies. So having these kinds of posters on your walls is a perfectly acceptable thing for a teenager to do. But, believe it or not, but you would be quite surprised by how many adults also do this However, you’d be surprised by how many adults still hold onto this cheap-looking trend. By all means, if you love that poster of yours so dearly, simply frame it and give it a bit of the honor it truly deserves.

Frameless Posters

Ruffled Furniture Skirts

Most women love skirts and we agree they are a great item of clothing – for humans not for furniture! Anything that doesn’t have a heartbeat and is designed to be sat on in a living room should not be wearing a skirt. Ruffled skirts only make a modern living room feel like it’s stuck in the olden days. If you’re so wanting the skirt on your lounge suite then opt for the straight skirt instead, or simply leave the furniture legs bare.

Ruffled Furniture Skirts

Blanket Ladders

If you trying to go for a more rustic look in the living room, there are some simple ways to do so. One of the ways not to do so is by choosing to incorporate the blanket ladder.  While these were really common back in the 1800s and many have decided to bring this trend back and hang their blankets on it, Joanna certainly does not think its a good look to have in your living room- rather leave it on the sofa.

Blanket Ladders

Bold-Colored Walls

Another thing Joanna Gaines can’t stand is it when she walks into a living room and the walls are coated in the boldest color possible. One of her fondest memories as a child was when her family moved into a new home and had the worst-looking walls imaginable and they were desperate for a completely fresh coat of paint.

Bold Colored Walls

Cliche Art Decor

Art is a beautiful thing and hanging art pieces in your living room livens up the room. But, Joanna Gaines hates it when people choose a famous painting and treats it like some sort of cool ornamental idea. She believes that hanging up a copy of Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in your living room, comes with a lot of bad luck. Rather choose a work of art that’s more original.

Cliche Art Decor

Futons

With the exception of being between the age of 13 and 18 along with having friends over for slumber parties, a futon is not something that you should own. Around the time you have graduated from college and have made it out into the real world, you should be able to afford something a bit more classy.  Futons should be something we outgrow as we get older.

Futons

Plastic Couch Covers

Ok, we know people put plastic covers on their couches for so many reasons. Many use them to prevent pets from causing damage, others use them to protect them from food stains. In many cases, a plastic couch cover is always used for practical reasons, and definitely not aesthetic ones. It really looks terrible in any situation -whether you agree or not. Sometimes it even looks like the scene of a crime.

Plastic Chair Covers

Bizarre Fridge Colors

Heres another great piece of advice, even though colored fridges may look cool you should try to do it in a more low-key fashion. Try to avoid bright, loud colors as much as possible. Anything from pink and turquoise to yellow and orange is a real no-no, as far as Joanna Gaines is concerned. Fridges are not fashion accessories, they are really there to store your food items – that is all. Rather try to pick a more neutral color, if you can.

Bizarre Fridge Colors

Mason Jars

Mason jars are great to store stuff, but in all honesty that is pretty much all, they should be used for. However, so many homeowners consider them an all-purpose item and that they are aesthetically pleasing. Some use them as temporary lightbulbs while others might use them as vases. But please- this is a super no-no, as far as Joanna Gaines is concerned. Get real lightbulbs and get a vase.

Mason Jars

Color Changing Lights

Let’s admit, the only one place that should have lights that change color is a nightclub. Apart from that, they have no business being in any home. Even something as subtle as mood lightning can, surprisingly, be a real mood killer. If you have lights that change to bold colors, its time to get some advice from  Joanna Gaines and gain some real understanding of what good lighting is. Simply stay with normal-colored lighting. Is that too much to ask?

Color Changing Lights

Pot Racks

According to Joanna Gaines, she sincerely believes that pot racks are extremely shabby. She considers only the top chefs in the business should be allowed to have this kind of apparatus in their kitchen. Moving into an apartment with an already installed pot rack is one thing. But if you go out of your way to affix it yourself, well that’s something else.

Pot Racks

Too Many Trinkets

Also known as knick-knacks, trinkets are cute, little way of showing your personality. It may be a small ceramic statue, an urn, or an antique clock, these things might have a lot of sentimental value and are worth displaying. With that said, a display cabinet is well worth having as it shows all the trinkets in one space. The last thing Joanna Gaines wants is for your home to look very much like a flea market. Also, they are huge dust collectors.

Too Many Trinkets

Room Reminders

What is worse than having signed with random words and phrases on them? Without a doubt, having signs with words that tell you which room you are currently in.  Hanging words up in the kitchen such as “kitchen,” “cook” and “eat” are so unnecessary. Not even kids require these sorts of pointers. If they see pots, pans, and a stove, they’ll know it’s a kitchen

Room Reminders

Pallet Coffee Tables

A style that has been reoccurring around the world of interior design is DIY pallet furniture. Simply known as furniture that is created out of wood. One of the examples is the coffee tables which is made out of a pallet. While some families might like the idea of their living rooms looking like a pile of lumber, Joanna Gaines would totally disagree.

Pallet Coffee Tables

French Country Style

Most individuals who opt for a French country style are attempting to go for some sort of authenticity in their household, but unfortunately they often just fall flat.  This semi-rustic style is nostalgic for living in the countryside. But what’s the point, especially if you are not working with cows and really living the farm life?  Rather move into the countryside if you’re wanting this look.

French Country Style

Wood Paneling

Joanna Gaines believes that this type of style goes against what any room in the house truly represents. Unless you’re actually living in a cabin in the woods, wood paneling is extremely outdated and should have no place in any part of your home whatsoever. There are so many other modern options to choose from!

Wood Paneling

Cheap Looking Glass Furniture

As far as Joanna Gaines is concerned, it has been definitely been many decades since glass tables were actually acceptable. She would rather select a more classy wooden coffee table if you are going to have one, at all. Although we highly respect Joanna’s thoughts on this one, we believe that this is one of the examples on this list that is more to do with personal taste. Taking into account what exactly the glass furniture is and how cheap it looks in your home.

Cheap Looking Glass Furniture

Speckled Granite Countertops

Kitchen counters are one thing more and more people are finding difficult to perfect. Joanna Gaines simply is not interested in thinking that speckled granite countertops are ok and thinks it is a hideous choice for any kitchen counter. Probably the biggest issue she has with speckled granite counters is that they have been overused over the years and time to switch things up – pick something a bit more creative.

Speckled Granite Countertops

Shag Carpeting

Ok yes, shag carpeting brings with it a very cozy feeling but Joanna Gaines is certainly no fan of these. She considers the design style should have stayed in the ’70s where it belongs. She jokingly made the comparison of the texture and the appearance of a shag carpet to that a wig. On top of that, she views it as having the same effect as if you were to lay some hairpieces on the living room floor instead. For most people, this is personal taste, but for Gaines’ its definitely not her “cup of tea.”

Shag Carpeting

Words On The Walls

As we’ve already touched on this, depending on the words of choice signs can possibly be sweet in a home There are many inspirational quotes that we can live by, but do we really need them plastered across our living room walls? Joanna Gaines has the greatest respect to whatever beliefs you may have. Shes only looking from the perspective of how aesthetically pleasing it may be. Rather hang a painting or a mirror

Words On The Walls

Plastic Dishware

We understand that if you are a college student with not much money or hosting a birthday party for your kid, then plasticware is the best option. Even if you’re single in your mid-20s, and are not much of a host, well possibly forgive you if you own plastic dishware. If you’re an established adult with a stable income and living in your own home, plastic simply doesn’t cut it, especially if you want to be taken seriously by your guests.

Plastic Dishware

Kitchen Desks

Ok we get it, kitchen desks seem extremely practical to do work and other paper/computer-related activities. But there’s something about the desk in the kitchen that is just not right. The only viable reason that you should need a laptop in the kitchen is if you are using it to read a recipe. So rather put your work stuff in an office or in another space where it belongs. In fact, we’re sure you don’t want to spill anything on your laptop.

Kitchen Desk

Gold Fixtures

Back in the day there was a time when gold fixtures were a standard in pretty much household, but that time was not in this day and age. For some reason, there are families are not able to part ways with their gold fixtures, and as predicted they have surely weathered and no longer look as shiny and lavish as they used to. Perhaps displaying one piece of gold furniture here and it is acceptable, but continuing the gold theme throughout your house not necessary unless you are a Saudi prince.

Gold Fixtures

 

Tumbled Marble

While many people still get excited about having tumbled marble finishings in their kitchen or bathrooms, Joanna Gaines is certainly one of them. You may be one that believes that it gives them homes a more rustic feel.  And that’s a great, optimistic way of looking at tumbled marble, seeing as though it already looks like it’s really dirty. But this seriously off-limits

Tumbled Marble

Matching Curtains & Couches

When it comes to matching curtains and couches, Joanna is a firm believer that these two shouldn’t be made from the same fabric – never! However, this will be forgiven as long as they don’t share the exact same color or pattern. It’s important to have diversity within the room, finding a balance between furniture that compliments each other is so important. According to Joanna, the living room should not be uniformed.

Matching Curtains & Couches

Mounted Animal Heads

We get that many hunters hang different animal skulls on their walls as if they’re bragging or something but either way people who aren’t hunters should not be buying them and hanging them too. So of course, Joanna Gaines has her own thoughts about this. If you’re hanging these a decoration in your home- you have no idea about interior design.

Mounted Animal Heads

Temporary Furniture

The point of temporary furniture can have so many reasons, one may be that you have some work in progress, Joanna Gaines doesn’t tolerate this kind of idea. As far as she’s concerned, homeowners should only opt for traditional furniture. She believes it’s okay for a couple of days, but not as a permanent fixture.

Temporary Furniture

Curtain-Less Windows

Many of us are trying to cut down on electricity usage and save where we can, so opting for natural lighting is a good choice, right? Yes, that’s correct except when you choose to not hang curtains or shades to your living room windows. Curtains don’t only complete the room but they also give you the privacy you need so people don’t see what you’re doing all day.

Curtain-Less Windows

Distressed Cabinets

We might not all understand the attraction that people might have when it comes to owning distressed cabinets in their kitchens. After all they really just give the impression that these cabinets have seen better days. We get that’s the point of the design but Joanna Gaines simply isn’t interested and believes that newly built homes shouldn’t have them. We have to say – we agree with her.

Distressed Cabinets

Over-The-Range Microwave

The microwave is definitely a very useful appliance to have in the kitchen, but fun fact there is actually an art to where you should put it. More specifically, there are obvious places where they shouldn’t be placed.  Having the microwave above the stove is probably one of the worst places to put it, not is just so inconvenient, but it’s possibly very hazardous. Just put the microwave on the counter somewhere and you’re good to go.

Over-The-Range Microwave

Flake Plants

We understand your concern, real plants may attract a few little creatures here and there, but there’s something about them that adds a whole lot of life to the living room. Most of the time fake plants can stick out like a sore thumb and it’s so obvious they are not real. As for what Joanna Gaines, you’re better off having a living room without plants than one with fake ones. She without any argument believes they look very tacky.

Fake Plants

Dated Wood Cabinets

With every decade that passes a specific choice of wood for kitchen cabinets seems to arise. Once that decade comes to an end, a new wood comes along that homeowners cant get their hand on quick enough.  Joanna Gaines is certainly not a fan of dated wooden cabinets. Oddly enough, the less trendy it is, the longer it’ll last. You don’t want your home looking like something out of an outdated movie.

Dated Wood Cabinets

Mandala Tapestry

We all know someone who has decorated their homes with mandalas, even if they don’t necessarily know the spiritual symbolism of this Eastern pattern. They just think it’s a great pattern to incorporate on their walls. But what does Joanna Gaines think? If you don’t share the philosophy that the mandala is connected to, then it’s best to not choose this option for your living room and rather go for something a bit more practical.

Mandala Tapestry

Weird Lamps

Often times when it comes to decorating our homes, its very easy to get carried away with the different lamp designs. Joanna suggests, definitely avoid the lamps that have multiple bulbs with different colored light filters. Just go with a traditional lamp with a shade. Keep it plain and simple – nothing over the top!

Weird Lamps

Chintz Wallpaper

For those who don’t already know Chintz is a form of textile that can be traced back to its origin in India. The design mainly consists of flowery patterns is often used in many B&B rooms especially in the New England area. Joanna Gaines without a doubt wants people to make their living rooms resemble anything like this. So, of course, she advises completely against this kind of wallpaper.

Chintz Wallpaper

Barn Doors

We see all different door ideas on Pinterest, and yes the current trends are all about having barn doors in your house. While Joanna Gaines is a farmhouse chic specialist, she still doesn’t believe in having these types of doors in your home. Take her advice! used.

Barn Doors

White Rooms

While an all-white themed room can be visually pleasing, you should never decorate your living room in all white. White walls will work, ok but rather think of it as canvas in which you can add so much to make it look fabulous!  At the end of the day, pure white rooms can remind of sterile hospitals, a place where people are often struggling to stay alive. Let’s try not to make guests feel so uncomfortable.

White rooms

Plastic Storage

Not everyone can afford the most elegant storage options and rather go for something cheap like plastic storage. Regardless, there is something about seeing these  in a living room that screams out, “I shouldn’t be here.” If it’s a child’s playroom it makes a lot more sense. But if your kids are fully grown or you don’t have any, having a room that is sophistication does not include plastic storage.

Plastic Storage

Fluorescent Lighting

Many people don’t know it, but you’ll be surprised how unpleasant numerous types of lighting can be in your kitchen. Fluorescent lighting is a great example, which can often be related to morgues and nightclubs. We understand it makes a great source of strong light. But please, rather use traditional lightbulbs. Its also not a good idea to use fluorescent lights that will do no good for your eyes.  Joanna Gaines truly believes that our kitchens are for cooking and eating, not for sci-fi conventions.

Fluorescent Lighting

Uncomfortable Dining Room Furniture

So many people will agree that hanging around the dining table, eating, or playing our favorite board games can be a huge focal point of our home life. But to make that experience more enjoyable, you need to have comfortable chairs to sit on. We understand that you may have inherited your grandma’s wooden, creaky chairs, but it’s probably time to trade them in for something more modern.

Uncomfortable Dining Room Furniture

Cheesy Photo & Picture Frames

Folks, there is a massive array of accessories to choose from when displaying family photos in your homes. Many times what people don’t think about is how the actual frame can take away the significance of the photo. With tons of cheesy imagery and buzz words on the sides of the frame, they tend to get in the way. Don’t forget you’re showing off the picture, not the frame.

Cheesy Photo & Picture Frames

Shot Glass Collection

Usually, most people have something they enjoy collecting, whether it be stamps, coins, or fridge magnets. But we highly recommend that you do not hang your lovely collection up in the living room. Joanna Gaines especially loathes when people decide to show off their shot glass collection as some sort of living room ornament. We understand its probably a prized-possession and you want to show it off but it gets to a point where you need to hide it somewhere! Joanna has some great tips on mistakes you should never make when decorating too…

Shot Glass Collection

Don’t Decorate Like Another Person

Joanna says that a big mistake is when people try to decorate like others they know. The only real way to make a space your own and your home is by it being a reflection of your taste and personality. of course, you can be inspired by what you see but copying is where this gets lost. Joanna says that you should “create rooms that look and feel like you.”

Don’t Decorate Like Another Person

Decorating For The Sake Of A Statement

As much as having the latest trend is nice and appealing, personalization is key. Joanna lives by this as personalization is more important than simply ensuring you have the latest and greatest, Our home is layered with family photos, artwork, and objects that weren’t chosen simply to make a design statement, but rather to tell the story of who lives there,” Joanna says in her book.

Decorating For The Sake Of A Statement

Perfection Is Not A Thing

Joanna explains how a mistake is trying to make something perfect, a home is about something more than a picture-perfect room and furnishings but rather about having fun designing and decorating it. She encourages people to be risky, to learn and to try things in their homes.

Perfection Is Not A Thing

Not Taking The Time To Find Your Personal Style

Joanna highly recommends taking the time to understand basic design styles and see what you are attracted to. It is truly hard to complete and execute a design project if you are unsure about what you like and what you don’t. Learning about basic styles can also help this process.

Not Taking The Time To Find Your Personal Style

Room Labels

Jar labels are one thing, they genuinely help. But, we are pretty sure you know which room is which in your own home. Kitchen or Pantry its rather obvious what is what in your house whereas the contents of jars sometimes are not so obvious!

Open Shelves

Open shelves should be avoided as they give off an overcrowded and cluttered kind of feeling rather than the organized one you were aiming for. Another good reason to ditch the open shelves is that they are also a mission to clean. When using the open shelf layout it takes away from your decorating possibilities, your kitchen utensils are in turn your decor.

Fake Fruit Bowls

A fake fruit bowl can be spotted a mile away, they are really and truly pointless. The glossy fake fruit, first of all, look fake and additionally when they get dusty they look even worse. Using real fruit is way better, and everyone likes fruit.

A Displayed Collection Of Empty Alcohol

Now, if you have a collection of wines or high-end liquor that is displayed with intent to drink it, this can be a classy look. However, for those that pile up empty wine bottles and beer cans, it gives off more of a drinking problem kind of look. Not to mention this is more of a college student kind of thing to do. A display of beer is truly tacky.

Tuscan Kitchen Decor

Tuscan themed kitchens refers to wooden furniture, hanging pots and pans, Italian style tiles and chandeliers. In a home, this does not look comfortable nor homey but rather very staged. This style is more for professional chefs and for convenience reasons, not for your home kitchen.

Lace Tablecloths

lace tablecloths used to be a status symbol as they were expensive and handmade. Nowadays, they do not give off the same feel or stature but are rather dated. There are tons of elegant patterned tablecloths out there. The lace also gives off a religious feeling in some cases. Today it is cheaply made.

Bathroom Sculptures

A bathroom is for essentials, there is no need to tackily over decorate your bathroom. Sculptures ar a big mistake and we have no doubt you most likely wont want to be walking into a sculpture in the middle of the night. Opt for elegant hanging pieces, art and simplicity in your bathroom.

Monochrome Bathrooms

Unless white, your bathroom should not be just one color. Your bathroom still needs texture and taste. There are plenty of ways to incorporate your bathroom with your theme and personal style.

Monochrome Bathrooms

Patterned Toilet Covers

Patterned or picture-like toilet covers are extremely outdated, potentially should never have been dated. They are extremely tacky. Avoid these and keep your toilet simple and natural. These are not cool but add too much craziness to the mix of things.

Patterned Toilet Covers

Shower Art

Your shower does not need to be an entire mosaic, classic is always better! Additionally, you get used to the design and it wears on you regardless, thus keeping your bathroom and its decor is important.

Shower Art

Shag Carpeting

SHag carpeting is tacky and quite frankly impractical. The upkeep of shag carpeting is tiring, as you need o dust it daily. However, they get dirty very quickly and it is clearly seen- it is an impractical buy. Short fiber carpets are much more trendy and practical- they add the same warmth to your home too.

Shag Carpeting

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