Interior Walls & Ceilings

17 Times Shiplap Made the Room

You’ve certainly seen it—but you may not know what it's called or how versatile it is. Shiplap is a series of grooved wooden boards joined horizontally to give a rustic, cozy appearance. While it has plenty of traditional looks and uses, shiplap is getting a makeover as contemporary designers learn to capitalize on its clean lines to enhance a variety of interiors.

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Up and Away

Blaine Johnathan Photography; Builder: Sunset Builders; Design: Interiors By..Home Essentials

Let your eyes flow down this staircase by Sunset Builders that makes optimal use of line and form. The diagonal lines of the staircase, paired with horizontal shiplap walls and vertical elements styled by Home Essentials, produce an effect that is both harmonious and unexpected.

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New Tradition

Emily Followill; Design: Lauren Davenport Imber from Davenport Designs LTD; Stylist: Eleanor Roper

Can a kitchen be both modern and traditional? Yes, if you choose a neutral color scheme, maximize space, and play up a classic feature like shiplap. In this kitchen designed by Lauren Davenport Imber, a cozy area rug and comfy bar chairs are balanced with cream-colored cabinetry and bold, dark window frames.

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Beach Vibes

Design: The Good Home Interiors and Design; Photo: Liz Donnelly at Maine Photo Co

This beachy master bedroom gets its easy, breezy aesthetic from the custom shiplap headboard and navy, white, and coral color scheme designed by Lisa J. Hincher of The Good Home. Here’s proof that you don’t need to add a permanent shiplap feature to your home to enjoy the Cape Cod ambience that it can bring to your favorite room.

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The Right Note

Mike Kaskel; Builder: Morning Star Builders, Houston TX; Interior: Chairma Design Group, Houston TX

Brown and white set a piano-like tableau for this shiplap-lined stairway by Morning Star Builders. A small desk near the foot of the stairs also brings the musical instrument to mind, while the patchwork floor covering, fiddle-leaf fig tree, and yellow accent chair add an artistic touch, courtesy of Chairma Design Group.

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Light and Bright

Nate Rehlander; Design: A Well Dressed Home, LLC

This bright, clean space designed by A Well Dressed Home blends geometric wallpaper with shiplap construction. Small details—the miniature topiaries and beautiful silver fixtures—add elegance and luxury.

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Contrasting Colors

Greenfield Design; Interior Shell Hunt Interiors

Black Magic is the name of the dark paint color by Sherwin Williams used in this dining room by Greenfield Design and Shell Hunt Interiors, but it could also refer to the effect that the combination of shades produces in the eye of the beholder. The magic comes from just the right mix of dark and bright, cream and black, and contemporary and traditional.

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Clean and Chaos-Free

Lissa Gotwals; Design: Alys Design

Shiplap can enhance even the smallest spaces, like this entryway by Alys Design. The clean white boards confer order and symmetry on a room that too often becomes a magnet for clutter. Here, everyday items and seasonal apparel are made beautiful by the blank backdrop and wire and wicker baskets.

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Rustic Wood

Zillow Digs home in Portland, OR

Natural stained shiplap has its own charms. In this kitchen, an urban ethos presides, with an industrial palette of steel gray and black and white, offset by dark wood walls and floors. Orange accents inject a little playfulness.

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Gray and Great

Zillow Digs home in Palmetto, GA

Shiplap doesn’t have to be painted the traditional white or cream or left natural. This living room exudes a peaceful atmosphere with dove gray walls and white trim. Brown and blue furniture contribute to the sense of calm and warmth.

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Statement Ceiling

Zillow Digs home in Amagansett, NY

Truly good design considers your home from every angle, ceiling included. In this house, a shiplap ceiling turns an ordinary sunroom into the heart of the home. Skylights, large windows, and wall mirrors enhance spaciousness and brighten the room.

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Mud-Free Mudroom

Jared Kuzia; Design: Kristina Crestin Design

A mudroom can get short shrift during home planning, but this space by Kristina Crestin Design is artfully outfitted with shiplap walls and space-saving features like wall sconces, stools for easier shoe removal, and hideaway baskets for storage.

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Cut to Custom

Regan Wood Photo; Design: Birgitte Pearce Design

For this rustic bathroom, Van Note Renovations installed custom shiplap, while Birgitte Pearce Design provided the softer touches like the weathered gray-blue paint and fixtures that are wholly modern with a nostalgic look.

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Outside the Norm

Matt Sartain Photography

Shiplap isn’t just for interiors—it can be used to dazzling effect as exterior siding as well. The wide white boards in this bold look by Urrutia Design are the perfect foil for thick, long-leafed plants and a black-painted door. The brick walkway adds an urban feel to this retreat.

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Shared Shapes

Cameron Custom Builder

In this bathroom by Cameron Custom Builder, a dramatic mirror and gold sconces take the front seat while Shiplap walls serve as a handcrafted backdrop for the sharp-lined sink that echoes and accentuates the shiplap boards.

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Shiplap All Around

Builder: Boyer Building Corporation; Architect: James Dayton Design

Can you ever have too much shiplap? Apparently not. This dining room, built by Boyer Building Corporation, is wall-to-ceiling shiplap construction. Especially impressive are the different tones used throughout: clean white in the dining room, warm red in the foyer, and dark chocolate floors overlaid by a camel-colored area rug.

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Deep Blue

Dawson Design Group

Unexpected colors like dark turquoise can be paired with shiplap to produce a young, fresh look and feel. Dawson Design Group created a bedroom oasis with ocean-hued shiplap flanked by white walls and driftwood-toned wood. If you look closely, you’ll see the white whale bookends that complete the nautical theme.

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Coastal Flair

Schell Brothers; Designer: Susan Herring of Echelon Interiors

This room at the Coastal Club in small-town Delaware, designed by Susan Herring of Echelon Interiors, embraces the beachy vibes of white shiplap, with an elevated twist. When paired with crisp green paint, the wood-clad walls take on a more refined look and add to a sense of textured richness.

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Lap It Up

Shiplap is still on trend. How can you use it in your home?