Interior Design

Joanna Gaines reveals the one secret to creating a focal point in the home

This is how to make a statement – while celebrating one of the biggest interior trends of 2022

Joanna Gaines headshot
(Image credit: Courtesy of Magnolia)

Antiques are set to be one of the most popular design trends for the year ahead – and the best way to style them is the Joanna Gaines way. 

While internet search trends have reported a 250% increase in people searching for antiques online (compared to 2020), the Fixer Upper star shared that she is already an admirer of these historic pieces. 

Revealing her interior design tips in her blog, Joanna shared how she uses antiques – or ‘inspirational pieces’ as she labels them – to create a focal point in her home. These pieces not only make an individual statement, but they also complement the wider space and allow the rest of the room to ‘fall into place.’ Here, she explains how you can do the same. 

Dining room with antique table, chairs and cabinet

(Image credit: Future / Davide Lovatti)

How to create a focal point, according to Joanna Gaines

‘One of my favorite things to do is go antique shopping at off-the-beaten-path shops and flea markets. I always get inspired when I see pieces from the past,’ Joanna begins in the discussion of her decorating idea.

‘They all have their own story, and there is just something about a piece that isn’t mass-produced but one of a kind.’

Joanna explains her favorite ‘inspirational piece’ – a communion table that came from an old church into her farmhouse kitchen

‘Underneath the countertops was a container that held the holy water,’ she describes. ‘I just love this piece because of its story and the detail. It is now the focal point and anchor for my kitchen. Once I determined where I wanted it, the rest of the kitchen fell into place,’ she says. 

Antique trends 2021, living room with vintage decor

(Image credit: Albion Nord)

However, Joanna is not alone in her adoration for these unique pieces. Instead, the Creative Director of Albion Nord, Camilla Clarke, also uses a similar technique when decorating with antiques in a modern space.

‘So many people think of antiques as old, dusty, and something that they would find in their grandparent’s houses, but an antique can add so much to even the most contemporary space,’ Camilla says. ‘I especially love this kind of juxtaposition which adds a playfulness and point of interest to a room.’

Plus, alongside standing as the focal point in your room, Camilla adds that antiques simultaneously bring joy into your home, as their ‘unusual shapes and sizes’ and ‘quirky little details’ set them aside from an off-the-shelf piece of furniture.

zigzag ikat lampshade by Pooky in hallway

(Image credit: Pooky)

Armed with Joanna’s tip, we imagine search trends for antiques will rise even further before the new year.  

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For more tips for Joanna, you can pick up her book on Amazon. Highlights include more decorating tips from her farmhouse along with other homes that have received the Magnolia treatment.  There are also more deals below. 

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.