Yes, there are practical ways to make the farmhouse style work for you.
Shiplap paneling, named for its traditional usage on ships, is an overlapping of grooved wooden panels. Shiplapping lends texture and antiquation to any space, and can be easily installed with a basic assortment of tools.
There’s a reason shiplap has been a fixture on the interior design scene for a while. There’s just something about this material that brings a clean and desirable look to any space. Plus, it fits nearly any design that you could dream up.
Even if you don’t live in an area like Texas, where shiplap has become a go-to design choice, there are ways to pull off the farmhouse style, even in an urban space. Keep reading for expert tips on how to make shiplap work for you.
EMBRACE THE VERSATILITY
You can install shiplap horizontally to create interest around an entire room or vertically to give height to a space and to draw your eye up to the oft-neglected ceiling.
THICK AND THIN PANELING
From wide to slim (and everything in between), shiplap can be cut to suit your own personal needs. This stairway uses pretty thick shiplap boards to add texture while maintaining a minimalist look.
CAN BE USED IN EVERY ROOMS
Though it takes a bit more thought and preparation to install shiplap in the bathroom than it does in other rooms, this stunning, airy bathroom is proof that it’s worth the extra steps.
ALWAYS PAINT IT
Always paint or stain the wood. If you have a smaller space you want to add some interest to, paint it either a (more dramatic) dark or bright color.
Your headboard is the focal point of your bedroom, and shiplap forms the basis of a rustic yet refined look that can be done in a weekend.
GET THEM GLOSSY
A major perk of adding shiplap to your home is that it offers texture that drywall lacks. Still, that doesn’t mean your walls have to look like you’re roughin’ it. Cover an entire room in shiplap, and paint it in high-gloss white.
BLEND IT WITH OTHER MATERIALS
If you have a kitchen with, say, marble counters, try accenting the area with shiplap. Alternatively, if your living space has plenty of exposed brick, try one accent wall in shiplap.
OUTFIT A NURSERY
This adorable kids’ room is the perfect inspiration for your next nursery or children’s room update. Whether you want to give your kids’ room a modern makeover or keep it traditional, shiplap is a neutral material that blends with any decor style.
OPEN UP THE ENTRYWAY
Vertical lines help draw the eye forward and make a room feel taller. This hallway look uses a shiplap ceiling to make a narrow hallway feel wider and more spacious.
CREATE A BARN DOOR
Barn doors even better when you add a little shiplap, as seen in this stunning kitchen. It’s an incredibly easy DIY that cost under $100 but adds so much character to the space.
Contrary to popular belief, sometimes the boldest statements are just as understated. A shiplap wall is the perfect way to honor the unexpected, without forcing an impression. Just as the timeless sailing vessel makes little demands of the waters up on which it sails, your home needn’t be composed of competing parts.