This Is Happening: Shiplap Walls
Shiplap walls are having a renaissance. Characterized by horizontal (and sometimes vertical) panels, the boards overlap each other to create a weather-tight seal. This practical construction makes them the perfect inexpensive wall option for barns, outbuildings, and seasonal homes in harsher climates. These days shiplap has firmly moved beyond its merely sensible application and is now commonly incorporated as a less formal way to add textural interest to a space. We love how easily it brings a historic vibe to any space that is refined and thoughtful yet casual. Keep scrolling to see our favorite rooms incorporating this classic trend.
The timeless living room in this gorgeous seaside home hits all the right notes thanks to the enduring combination of blue and white. We love the myriad shades of blue used in the furnishings and window treatments, grounded by the navy-and-cream striped rug. The incorporated shiplap walls add textural interest and pay homage to the historical use of shiplap in seasonal, coastal homes.
This spacious bathroom is full of thoughtful, luxurious accents (hello, soaking tub and ginormous shower), but we really love the shiplap accent wall that perfectly offsets the charcoal herringbone tile. Instead of screaming “look at me,” it quietly draws your attention. The rich wood mirror on a hexagonal shape provides a lovely counterpoint to the bright white wall and lends the space a sense of warmth.
The shiplap accent wall in this chic, free-spirited living room creates a focal point that perfectly anchors the space. A clean, simple color palette dominates the room while understated, classic materials like linen and leather give the space an upmarket and unfussy vibe. The shiplap wall adds an understated architectural element without detracting from the crisp, fresh approach of this timeless room.
Don’t get us wrong: We love seeing shiplap painted in traditional crisp whites; it’s an eternally classic treatment of this historical style. But it’s nice when people mix it up a bit. That’s why these khaki-toned and raw wood shiplap walls feel like a breath of fresh air. We love the way they complement the brick floors and copper trough sink. The horizontal lines also serve to visually extend the petite room and give it a more expansive feel.
As with the bathroom above, we love the natural wood accent wall in this rustic kitchen. Rustic wood accent walls are not new, and may even be a bit overdone at this point. But here the look feels fresh thanks to the caramel hue, extra-wide planks framed by bright white molding, and contrasting shiplap planks on the ceiling running in a perpendicular pattern. We also love that the shiplap wall carries the wood tones and horizontal lines from the adjacent dining room. The midcentury furniture, clean open shelving, modern lighting, and bold blue sofa beyond all serve to make this space feel eclectic instead of homely.
This spacious kitchen is beautifully appointed with a timeless black-and-white color story, understated yet architectural furnishings, and thoughtfully minimalist accents like simple hardware and black-framed windows. While shiplap planks often have the effect of making a space feel larger due to their horizontal lines, here the wide planks used on both the walls and the ceiling make the expansive kitchen feel more intimate. The black lighting provides a lovely contrast in shape and color, adding architectural interest to the clean-lined space.
If we had to guess the location of this room, we have to admit it wouldn’t be London. But that’s precisely where this bright L.A.-esque restaurant, Hally’s, is located. The casual shiplap walls hark back to London’s days as a major port city, while the casual, fresh furnishings speak to the restaurant’s California-inspired approach to food. Here, allowing the structure’s beams to protrude beyond the shiplap planks adds depth and visual interest to an otherwise simple space.
This diminutive bathroom packs a style punch starting with the shiplap planks that adorn the walls and ceiling. As with the khaki-toned bathroom above, here the horizontal lines make the space feel larger than it actually is. The contrasting herringbone tile, Turkish rug, and quirky, colorful print provide just the right hits of pattern and color to make the space feel thoughtful but not overdone.