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.
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.
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.
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!