When you hear the word shiplap, I bet a lot of you immediately think Fixer Upper. Joanna and Chip Gaines have almost singlehandedly made this classic building material incredibly popular - it's really amazing! Though some might see it as a trend, it's actually an old building material that's pretty timeless and is incredibly versatile.
You can add it to the walls of all sorts of styles including modern, farmhouse, coastal, or traditional. White shiplap is the most common, but don't forget that you can paint it too! One of my favorite looks right now is shiplap painted in a dark hue like charcoal gray or deep navy.
Shiplap also "plays well" with other textures and patterns. As you scroll through the photos today, take note of that - especially in the bathrooms. Hello pretty floor tile!
Installing this material is a great way to add texture, dimension, and style to a room, but you don't have to add much to make a big impression.
Today I want to show you five different bite-sized ways that you can add shiplap to your home:
- In bathrooms - both powder rooms and full baths
- In entryways and foyers
- On fireplace surrounds
- In laundry rooms
- As an accent wall behind a headboard in a bedroom
Let's get started!
Though you can spot gorgeous bathrooms all day long on Pinterest, in your typical home, they're often boring and plain. Cladding the whole room or even just a part of it in shiplap is a great way to spice things up! Bathrooms are absolutely one of my favorite places to see shiplap. These examples show some very different takes on the look in both powder rooms and full bathrooms.
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via Jenna Sue Design
Entryways and Foyers
Want to make a subtle, but stylish impression when folks walk into your home? Shiplap may be the answer. Even adding it to a single wall can work wonders on an entryway. It adds a cozy, warm feeling to a home, which is very welcoming! It also draws your eye to that spot, making it a nice focal point for the space.
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Fireplaces are already a focal point, so make sure you "dress" them well! Shiplap is a great way to add visual interest while keeping things simple. My favorite look is to take it from floor to ceiling on the bump out area and then add a beautiful mantle to finish it off.
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Ah, another forgotten space in our homes - the laundry room! If you're lucky enough to have a room devoted to this task, why not make it a happy place to be? (I wrote a whole post on JUST that recently!) These rooms tend to be small for the most part, so adding shiplap is an affordable option. You can try running it vertically too for a change - it'll make the space feel taller!
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Behind A Headboard In A Bedroom
Accent walls get a bad rap in the design world sometimes, but I think they can be done really well. Wallpaper is one way to do it and shiplap is another! The texture and warmth it brings to a space make it perfect for a bedroom, and you don't have to do all four walls to get the effect. These three examples show you what I mean.
There are many tutorials out there for how to install shiplap in your home if you're the DIY type. From true tongue-and-groove to faux shiplap - there's something for everyone! Or, if you wouldn't exactly call yourself the handy type, this is a quick and easy project to hire out to a carpenter or contractor.
So tell me, do you have shiplap in your home? Leave a comment below with where! If not, do you think this is something you'd like to have? Let's get the discussion going!