Shiplap: What’s all the buzz about?

Kelsey Vickers February 17, 2017

Shiplap is not a new concept. It has only recently experienced an astronomical surge in popularity - mostly due to the wildly popular show Fixer Upper on HGTV. 


Adding dimension and interest to a wall is typically done with paint, decorative features, or a textured finish. But what if you could achieve this same goal by adding a relatively inexpensive, natural material to your home?


Adding architectural interest with shiplap can be done in any home, regardless of age or style. It is often associated with a rustic or coastal cottage look, but as we’ve seen with the notable growth and interest in the product, you can add the charming concept in ultimately any space. And as an added bonus - this weathertight material is a great investment as it’s often used in areas with harsh climates, making it durable and dependable.


Where can I use shiplap in my home?

The versatile look is great for any space of the home and can be used with nearly any style. Shiplap is frequently used for feature walls in any kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, or office to add dimension, depth and character. Pro Tip - you can also draw attention up by reversing the typical finish and instead drywalling the walls and shiplapping your ceiling. You can pair the shiplapped wood with concrete features, bathroom tiling, or modern fixtures for a Mid Century look. It also pairs great with light wood finishes, exposed beams and cozy bedroom linens for a rustic, yet chic farmhouse design. 


How can I finish the wood?

Shiplap can be both left natural or finished with either paint or stain. It’s safe to assume most enjoy whitewashing the wood as seen in many homes today. The natural look can add an old charm and feel, even if the wood isn’t originally found behind the drywall during renovation. This raw, natural look also pairs great with the contrast of modern finishes, but you can essentially finish the wood with any color of your preference.


What to consider when installing shiplap

Installing shiplap is simple, requires minimal tools, and is achieved by placing it piece by piece by hand. Prepare to have a saw, nail gun, tape measure and level handy.


There are two ways to achieve the shiplap look. The first method is ‘tongue and groove’ where the sides ultimately fit tightly into each other. The second is ‘rabbit edge’ where the edges simply overlap.  It ultimately comes down to preference as the installation process is very similar and there is no difference in the perception once it is installed.


Don’t forget! Shiplap doesn’t need to be confined to an interior-only project. As mentioned above, this product is durable in most harsh climates. Spice up your curb appeal by adding the natural wood to the exterior of your home!

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