Joanna Gaines' dramatically decorated 'Rose Shed' puts a new spin on farmhouse decor – thanks to this gothic shade

The interior designer always masters farmhouse decor, but this color reinvents this classic style

Joanna Gaines
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When it comes to modern farmhouse decor, there's one person who nails it every time: Joanna Gaines. The interior designer and co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper alongside her husband Chip Gaines is known for her laid-back approach to home decor, creating deeply welcoming spaces that balance old and new decor. 

That's certainly true of one of the designer's latest projects on her family farm, a space she calls the Rose Shed. Endlessly cozy, this space captures Joanna's iconic farmhouse style. 'The Rose Shed is my new favorite spot to hide away in… I feel like I'm in another place and time when I step into this space,' she explained in a recent Instagram post on the space.

But while the space masters the modern farmhouse look: think natural wood furniture, paneled walls, and plenty of rustic decor, there's also a dramatic, moody feel created in this space thanks to the use of forest green.

Pictured above, the deep and dark green paint – which could almost be interpreted as black – drenches the room, taking the color further than just the walls to the shelving and cupboards too.

More often than not, farmhouse and modern farmhouse styles typically embrace light and bright hues to create an airy feel, but this space proves that dark hues work just as well if you're looking to create a dramatic look as an alternative take on this well-established style.

Not only does this dark green color instantly feel sophisticated and moody, but experts say this hue also helps create a calming color scheme: 'Embracing forest green in your decor infuses a space with the richness and tranquility of nature's palette,' explains interior designer Kati Curtis. 'This deep, verdant hue can transform an ordinary room into an oasis of calm, promoting relaxation and connection to the outdoors.'

When it comes to decorating the rest of the room to complement a dark green shade such as this, take inspiration from Joanna and opt to incorporate plenty of natural materials. Wooden furniture helps to reinforce the nature-inspired look while its warm tones perfectly complement dark green. 

'Whether applied as a statement wall or ceiling color, incorporated through furniture pieces, or used in accent decor like throw pillows and planters, forest green pairs beautifully with natural wood tones, soft beiges, and metallic finishes to create a sophisticated and earthy ambiance,' adds Kati. 

Kati Curtis
Kati Curtis

Kati Curtis is an interior designer based in New York City specializing in classic design with global twist. Kati founded Kati Curtis Design in 2005 after 12 years of working with international architecture and engineering firms. She is a Certified Interior Designer (CID), and a Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

Feeling inspired by the cozy and moody feel of this space? You can create a similar nature-inspired, sophisticated feel with Benjamin Moore's Forest Green paint, whether you want to color drench or paint an accent wall

Or, if you're not looking to change the whole color scheme of your space but still want to benefit from the calming qualities of decorating with green, shop the below decor items. 

Paint & Color Editor

Emily is H&G's Paint & Color Editor, covering all things color across interior design and home decor. She joined the team in the summer of 2023, having studied Fashion Communication at university before working in various creative roles ahead of making the leap into interiors. She lives in Glasgow where she loves admiring the city's architecture, frequenting her favorite coffee spots, and sourcing vintage furniture for her tenement apartment. Emily's interior style is inspired by the simplicity of midcentury design, mixed with more playful modern pieces that inject small (but bold) doses of color.