february 7, 2019

How We Use Shiplap (Without Going too Farmhouse)

When you think of shiplap, what do you think of? Chip and Joanna Gaines? Farmhouse? Rustic? All are fair options. For us, we believe that shiplap is a lot more versatile than people give it credit for. Depending on how it’s set (horizontally vs vertically), painted, and where in the home it’s featured – shiplap can find it’s way into any home whether it’s a traditional, modern, or industrial style.

So why is shiplap so popular? Many reasons! When it comes to decorative paneling, shiplap is less labor intensive while still giving a space great visual interest. We love that it adds texture and warmth to a room and the options in which it’s treated are endless. Add it to one wall for a focal point, install it on a ceiling for unexpected moment, or change the entire look of your home and install it in numerous rooms.

Below are a few examples of how we’ve used shiplap in our recent projects and a little insight into why we added it into our design for the specific space.

Use It As a Backdrop

If you want to just add a subtle touch of shiplap to a space, try using it as a backdrop for a larger focal point like we did for this fireplace and bar.

Left: Holly Road Project | Right: Lakeville Farmhouse Project

Install it in High Traffic Areas

Shiplap is a lot more durable than sheetrock! We love to use it in high traffic areas like entryways and mudrooms that tend to get a lot of use.

Left: Shady Beach Project | Right: Orono Project

Try it Vertically

For a more traditional look, we like installing shiplap vertically. Not only does it add height to your space but it provide a more updated appearance than the typical horizontal look.

Left: Shady Beach Project | Right: Orono Project

Create Small Spaces With a Big Impact

If you’re worried about taking the plunge with shiplap, try it out in a smaller space like a laundry room, powder bathroom, or wine room. Create a big impact by covering all the walls or use it as a chair rail and pair it with a fun wallpaper!

Left: Balitmore Project | Middle: Lakeville Farmhouse Project | Right: Watersedge Project
What are you thoughts? Are you a fan of shiplap? Let us know in the comments below!


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  • julia February 8, 2019, 12:05 pm

    What is the best way to install shiplap vertically? With typically framing being 16" on center, how can you nail in the narrower shiplap boards? Thanks!

    • Bria Hammel February 8, 2019, 4:01 pm

      Hi Julia! We always always always recommend working with a professional for installation! They always know how to set it seamlessly. Thanks for reading! :)

  • Mina March 29, 2019, 9:05 am

    Love ship, but farmhouse is not my home decor style. This blog gave me great inspiration. It’s going up in my powder room.

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