Joanna Gaines shares her magic number trick for creating a calming bedroom

This simple trick helps a room feel balanced and serene

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When it comes to any Fixer Upper big reveal, it always seems Joanna Gaines has some kind of magic formula for creating a beautiful home every time. There are so many factors at play when design a calming bedroom that we love being in, but after watching copious episodes of Fixer Upper we think this magic number trick could be the answer.  

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We, along with many eagle-eyed fans have noticed Jo's use of pairs. It's a small detail appearing consistently in her bedroom designs, and it makes a difference. 

Joanna Gaines bedroom from Fixer Upper

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In many of the bedrooms on Fixer Upper, you'll find two similar picture frames hung up on the wall above a headboard, or perhaps two identical shutters.

It's not a hard and fast rule, but we typically find things in twos or even numbers more calming to look at. Whether it's two hanging baskets on either side of a doorway, or four photo frames hung up above a fireplace.

'It's so easy to take the eclectic route for visual interest,' comments Camille Dubuis-Welch, Digital Editor at Real Homes. 'However, if you're looking to create a sense of calm in a space, working with symmetry is the best way to ensure that your decor is easy on the eye and that little bit more restful.'

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This simple trick not only gives the eye two things to rest on, but also creates a sense of balance. Pairs seem to bring order to a space, making it feel more cohesive. If your room is feeling cluttered, you might just need some new bedroom storage ideas...

Bedrooms lend themselves to symmetry, the bed generally taking center stage with two bedside tables and lamps on either side. Our bedrooms are the place we retreat to at the end of the day, and the room of the house that needs to be totally calming to help us get good quality sleep.

For inspiration on how to design a bedroom, take a look at our guide.

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In contrast, a living space may have odd numbers and a more mis-matched approach to decorating. It may feel a little extravagant to buy two of everything, but in a bedroom at least, two is always better than one. 

We can't wait to watch new episodes of Fixer Upper: Welcome Home on Magnolia Network, which launches on July 15, 2021.

Millie Hurst

Millie joined Real Homes in early 2021 as a homes news writer. When she isn't writing about trends, makeovers and houseplant care, she spends her free time making tweaks to her rented flat in North London. Her next project is a very basic armchair reupholstering job to help create a cosy reading nook in her living room. She loves browsing antique centres, tending to her small front garden, and is never without some fresh flowers at home.


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