Joanna Gaines Painted Her Bedroom Fireplace Black

Rebekah Lowin

From Country Living

  • Joanna Gaines just explained the reasoning behind her bedroom paint colors.

  • She strayed from her usual light, bright color scheme and went with a dark black paint for her fireplace.

We've all come to know and love the "modern farmhouse" look popularized by Joanna Gaines. Her signature, airy style is instantly recognizable, and often features subdued hues, white-washed shiplap, and clean-looking subway tile.

That's why we're a little surprised by the color she chose for the mantel in her bedroom: a stark midnight black.

In a post published on the Magnolia blog, the 41-year-old author, TV host, and mother of five opened up about why exactly she chose that color—and included dozens of before-and-after photos of the Gaineses' farmhouse.

"Chip and I built the master bedroom as an addition to the original farmhouse, and while the room served its purpose in helping us rest and unwind, I was wanting to add some more color and depth to the space," she shared. "The color palette of the original room felt a bit bland and I wanted to create a clear focal point, so we turned our attention to the fireplace.


"For a bold contrast, I went with a traditional black trim and antiqued glass over the mantel," she continued. "Since this is the only functioning fireplace in the house, it’s come to serve as a backdrop for many spontaneous family gatherings, especially in the colder months when we can actually use it."

This same line of thinking might be behind Joanna's preference for other, similarly dark materials, like wrought iron.

Joanna goes on to explain that she "still wanted to keep the space relatively neutral and calm," but that the deep contrast offered by the fireplace, dresser, and accompanying leather chair offer a "visual interest and depth" that was previously missing.

That explains it!

Now, we've only got one question: Will Chip and Joanna's latest fixer-upper adventure—a brand-new hotel located in downtown Waco, Texas—feature more contrasting colors? We'll have to wait until 2021 to find out!

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