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.
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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.
And this comfortable beachy nook below definitelyfeels more on the rustic side with the whitewashed walls and exposed beams (side note: gingham cushions! Yes!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
TREND: Nautical stripes and colors, plus natural textural elements
The dining room above is mixing two great trends to great effect. Nautical stripes get a traditional nod in the throws and a playful jolt in the rug, and the color palette is a classic navy blue and white (plus a little warmth from the red side of the color wheel). The room also has natural elements at play though, from the cool marble of the table top to the woven chairs and wood blinds. You can get a similar look with the items below.
- Fiddle Leaf Fig, Check Local Nurseries
- Woven Wood Shades, Blinds.com
- Saudades Pillow, CB2
- Favorite Striped Throw, West Elm
- Como Pendant Lamp, Crate & Barrel
- Genevieve Gorder Junction Rug, Hayneedle
- Seagrass Bucket Armchair, Pottery Barn
- Isabella Wallpaper, Graham & Brown
- La Coupole Bistro Table, Williams-Sonoma Home
– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely