Some might be lucky enough to uncover original shiplap. Others plan to use it as a design feature in their new builds or remodels. Either way it is a timeless way to add interest to plain walls that is now making it's way back to current design in a big way.
I wanted to cover this topic on the blog because I have been a bit obsessed with Fixer Upper lately. As in watching it on repeat on OnDemand until there are no longer any episodes to watch. Oops! Usually I am not thrilled with HGTV shows but Joanna & Chip do a great job showing a more realistic side of the design process. She always seems to find a way to incorporate shiplap into her designs and they always turn out beautifully.
Most of the time when you think shiplap, you think of white horizontal boards on all walls, that has been on trend. But you can also use shiplap in other ways. Stain or white wash is equally as stunning and it’s not just for walls but ceilings too! And when you paint it – it doesn’t have to be stark white.
The most common use is in living rooms. However, it works great in bedrooms, bathrooms and even kitchen areas!
You can use it to define spaces, as shown in the dining nook. You can also use it to unify spaces like an entry to a main living area.
Shiplap is being used in traditional and more contemporary designs. It all depends on how and where you use it and what you do with the material itself. Bring it into a traditional space by keep the paint colors muted and defining it with trim work. More contemporary looks include white painted or light stains.
There are many species of wood you can use to achieve certain looks. Pine is what many of the old shiplap walls are built from and are beautiful both natural and painted. Poplar is usually used in instances where you will be painting as it creates a smooth finish. Cedar might be used in areas where you wanted to stain or clear coat it to keep the warmth and beauty of the wood.
Anyway you incorporate shiplap you can be assured it will be a great investment. It instantly adds timeless character to a space for years to come.