Inspired by home-improvement superstar Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, a Cheat Sheet article called “15 Joanna Gaines–Approved Tricks to Improve the Value of Your Home” highlights how going faux can increase the value of your home. A few of the recommendations in the article, written by Amanda Harding, jumped out at us because they’re the perfect projects to complete using our faux wood and stone products. Take a look at some easy ways to increase your home’s value.
Add Shiplap to Your Home
Number 2 on the article’s list — and a familiar favorite to anybody who's ever watched Fixer Upper — is to add shiplap to your home. Shiplap is a type of interconnecting wooden plank joined with an overlapping rabbet joint. As its name implies, it resembles the exterior of a ship. While reclaimed and real wood planks are an option, our reclaimed shiplap barn wood wall panels offer a number of advantages over real wood.
Our panels are constructed in master molds of wood boards salvaged from antique barns, so they are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. In addition to being significantly cheaper and easier to source than reclaimed wood, their durable, closed-cell polymer is completely VOC free. They are lightweight and easy to install, so you won’t have to worry about renting special tools or hiring professionals. Shiplap panels look great in living areas, dining rooms and kitchens. They can be used as wainscoting or as a floor-to-ceiling wall cover. No matter what your design vision, shiplap panels are a timeless addition.
Install Faux Wood Beams
Another recommendation on the list is to install faux wood beams in your home. The author points out that "Joanna Gaines typically adds wood beams to high ceilings, which makes a nice contrast to the white walls" and points out that while "real wood beams can cost thousands, installing faux beams made from lightweight materials costs very little, and still makes a dramatic change in your whole home."
We can’t argue with that appraisal! In fact, it's something we've been saying for years. The range of vividly realistic faux beams we offer means that going faux isn't just better for your budget, it also looks as good as or better than the “real thing.” Faux beams have the same impressive look as real wood beams, without the weight, expense and maintenance. Elevate the look of any room, and increase the value of your home with our faux wood beams!
Add a Wooden Mantel to Your Fireplace
Number five on the article’s list is to "redo the fireplace," with emphasis on the importance of a wood mantel. "A mantel creates a focal point for the room that’s not the television,” Harding writes.
Updating the fireplace with a faux or real wood mantel creates a beautiful visual, and gives you somewhere to display family photos or other decorative items. We offer both faux and real wood mantels in a wide range of textures, colors and custom sizes to precisely fit your fireplace. Faux wood mantels are easy to install without any special equipment or expertise. With Barron Designs, you’ll never have to compromise your vision. Use coordinating stone faux panels for the fireplace’s exterior to completely change the look of your fireplace.
Get Inspired With Barron Designs
Fixer Upper viewers know that Joanna Gaines is an expert when it comes to design, so we’re thrilled to see how many of her tried-and-tested suggestions for increasing a home’s value can be achieved using our products. Going faux is truly a great option — and articles like these demonstrate why the market for faux wood is increasing every year.
By choosing Barron Designs, you can feel confident that you’re using the highest quality faux products on the market today. Our panels, beams and columns are indistinguishable from the real thing — without the expense, hassle or maintenance. They’ll look impressive for years to come!
Shop Barron Designs today for all of your home-improvement needs. Our team of experts can help you decide on the right products for your projects and will support you every step of the way.