HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” changed the way America thought about home design. Shiplap became a household word and the idea of fusing rustic and country elements with contemporary and sleek touches took hold across the nation. Joanna Gaines, the show’s designer, steered and continues to guide the ship of this country’s aesthetics.
A centerpiece of the show’s designs has been the kitchen. Joanna made some bold moves with their choice of tiles, flooring, and cabinets. Complementing it all have been the appliances. They’re generally not super high-end, but they’re exceedingly tasteful and reliable. You’ll find them in flips and new constructions throughout the country.
As we can see from season 5, appliances can play just as important a role in Gaines’s designs as everything else.
Jenn-Air Refrigerator, Double Wall Oven, and Dishwasher
In Episode 2 of the season, Joanna went for what would be considered a fairly traditional modern kitchen by her standards. White cabinets, new wood floors, and stainless steel appliances. Center stage is a 36 inch French door refrigerator from Jenn-Air. Though the actual model isn’t visible from photos, at the end of the kitchen is what appears to be Jenn-Air’s 30 inch 10 cu ft double wall oven. Completing the Jenn-Air package is a 24 inch built-in dishwasher.
GE Cafe French Door Refrigerator and Blanco Sink and Faucet
The light and airy feel of Episode 11’s “Club House” kitchen is offset by the design of the concrete tile backsplash and dramatic built-in vent which appears to take up an entire wall between the refinished wood doors with mirrors. Balancing this out at the other end of the kitchen is a real showstopper: a 36 inch counter depth French door refrigerator from GE Cafe. An interesting addition is the sink insert and kitchen faucet by Blanco.
Custom Range Hood
The standout feature, in the very wood-themed kitchen in Episode 16’s “Ramsey House” had to be the antique/industrial style range hood. Normally these are custom made by companies such as RangeCraft and are quite pricey. However, skilled craftsmen/contractor can try to fabricate them by weathering/distressing metal and adding ornamental fastenings.
GE Slide-In Gas Range and Wolf Wall Oven
In Episode 15’s “The Home Sweet Home Loft”, Gaines flipped the script on her usual country/suburban redesigns and instead tackled a downtown loft. She gave it a contemporary flair which can resonate with urban dwellers.
Keeping with this theme, Joanna Gaines picked a 30 inch slide-in electric range from GE. There’s also an additional under counter 24 inch 2.4 cu ft electric wall oven from Wolf. ll draw pulls are in fashionable brass. The stainless island is portable which allows for great space utilization in a loft’s limited square footage. Tying into the two-tone look is a solid black industrial range hood.
GE Monogram Slide-In Gas Range
For their series finale, Episode 18, Joanna went all out with the appliances. The “Americana House” was a twist on what is considered traditionally American. The kitchen’s black/charcoal grey cabinets added a very contemporary feel while the restored shiplap ceiling turned back the hands of time, which in turn was offset with recessed lights.
The stove – 36 inch freestanding gas range from Monogram is a central feature along with a 36 inch wall-mounted ducted hood from the same. Says Joanna Gaines of their final remodel: “The Herreras knew what they wanted from the beginning – an old house that had a mix of modern, industrial and farm.” With stunning appliances to boot.