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Get the Look: Shiplap Walls

Get the look: shiplap walls at BHG

Shiplap walls have seen a major resurgence in the past few years. Primarily used in country farmhouses or beach homes, it provides an added layer of texture and charm to practically any space.My own personal style leans more modern than rustic, and I think shiplap can add an interesting spin to a more cleancut aesthetic. Think preppy northeastern boat houses or cool Gulf Coast homes overlooking emerald waters.

Shiplap lake house

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We have shiplap in our lake house leading upstairs and I couldn’t love it more. I hesitate to hang anything on those walls because I can’t imagine covering it up. Ours is a little more rustic than some; you can see the nail holes as well as the knottiness of the wood. It works for the space, and it’s fairly hardy. Plus since I’m kind of a stripe-a-holic, it adds a subtle pattern without going overboard.

I can’t stop pinning shiplap inspiration and it’s interesting to me to see the different incarnations of it. Primarily, most designers seem to prefer it in white or cream, although in our lake house community I’ve seen it pickled. In this stairwell below, it feels equally nautical and whimsical with the multicolored steps and natural rope handle.

shiplap and stairs


And this comfortable beachy nook below definitelyfeels more on the rustic side with the whitewashed walls and exposed beams (side note: gingham cushions! Yes!).

maritime shiplap


But it takes on a whole new feeling in this bold black and white bathroom. I love how it’s evenly split horizontally for high contrast. It’s dramatic, masculine, and subtly glamorous.

dark shiplap


There’s absolutely nothing rustic about the extra broad shiplap in this master bathroom below. Vintage touches like the chrome fixtures and sink detailing add another layer of polish.

shiplap bath gorgeous


The chicest kitchen I’ve seen in months came across my feed the other day via Style Me Pretty. That gorgeous green island with the white shiplap walls screams high style. Don’t get me started on that abstract painting that pulls in the color of the island.

emerald modern kitchen shiplap


The restaurant banquette below feels expertly designed to feel rustic and luxe thanks to a mixture of fabrics and textures. Single light sconces provide the finishing touch of vintage style.



living room shiplap


Are you a fan of the look? Would you go more rustic or more modern? And would you commit to a color or do you prefer all white? So many options, and so much inspiration!

shiplap bath


14 Responses to “ Get the Look: Shiplap Walls ”

  1. Im renovating a house built in the 80′s and love shiplap. What small steps do i take to ensure the style is modern when using ship lap? (ie. beyond leaving off crown molding, etc..) what else can do? thank you much. :)

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