13 Shiplap Walls That Gave Us Major Home Goals

Our love of shiplap knows no bounds, and these homes remind us that the look can work anywhere. Shiplap all the walls!

1. Hallway

A hallway might strike you as the last place that needs a makeover, but adding shiplap makes a statement anywhere. And since it's a pretty simple makeover with such a great impact, why not add shiplap to your hallway? Be sure to check out the dramatic before-and-after of this hallway, including a fabulous touch of glam with brass nailhead trim. See them at Houseologie.

2. Girls' Room

The versatility of shiplap means you can take it from glam to candy-color cottage simply by changing up the decor. These gorgeous pastel shades were added to this cottage bedroom makeover, giving it a fun, kid-friendly appeal. This blogger also shares how she painted those uniquely shaped furniture pieces and how she made her DIY bunting banner at How to Nest For Less.

3. Ceiling

If it's romantic farmhouse-style you're after, check out this master bedroom makeover. The addition of the exposed wooden beams makes the room feel warm and cozy while the antique chandelier and feminine linens add a romantic feel. The transformation of this master bedroom is nothing short of amazing. See the Before, and more great After shots, at Prodigal Pieces.

4. Airy Bathroom

This bathroom makeover has so many things going for it, not the least of which is shiplap. Light, bright subway tile and vintage-inspired fixtures make the space fresh and airy with lots of elements of interest. You won't believe the humble beginnings of this ordinary bathroom. Get the details at Tidbits.

5. Accent Wall

Think having shiplap means the painstaking process of adding it plank by plank? Then this easy DIY is for you! Have it done in a weekend with time left over for a flea market hunt to decorate your brand-new shiplap accent wall. Find the how-to at Worthing Court.

6. Master Bedroom

When you think of shiplap, you might just picture white, but pairing it with a bold, dramatic shade not only adds a touch of modern but also accomplishes two of the best trends all at once. See how it's done on Table and Hearth.

7. Boys' Room

Don't forget about the boys! What better way to achieve a boy-approved campout in the comfort of your own home than with a shiplap boys' room makeover. It pairs wonderfully with nautical elements for a beach-inspired cottage feel and will have mothers of boys everywhere feeling delightfully accomplished. Get all the fun details at Happy Housie.

8. She Shed

The shiplap trend extends beyond the walls of your home into this gorgeous "she shed." If you didn't want one before, you will now. You don't have to have a spare room to find solace, and you don't have to live at the beach to have your own seaside cottage. Let the men have their man caves -- we'll take this she shed from Finding Silver Pennies.

9. Stairway

The shiplap in this lake house leading upstairs is super charming. It's a little more rustic than some; you can see the nail holes as well as the knottiness of the wood. It works well for the space, and it's fairly hardy. Find out more at Pencil Shavings Studio.

10. Reading Nook

This comfortable beachy nook  from Talk of the House definitely feels more on the rustic side with the whitewashed walls and exposed beams (side note: gingham cushions! Yes!).

11. Master Bathroom

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

12. Kitchen

Here's the chicest shiplap kitchen via Style Me Pretty. The gorgeous green island with the white shiplap walls screams high style. Plus, that abstract painting pulls in the color of the island perfectly.

13. Restaurant

The restaurant banquette found via Remodelista 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.

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  1. Laughing at everyone in this post!! I have been restoring homes for the last 40 years. Unless you "have to have" authentic period style for your home, I say do what makes you happy. So what if shiplap, paneling, wallpaper, brass, nickle, gold, silver is a fad. You have to live there, be happy.
    Dust settles everywhere even in your rugs, lamps, and floors. If you want silver, you have to polish it, if you want linen you have to iron it. Be happy.

  2. Not all of us love shiplap. I, for one, will be very happy to see this overdone look become passé. It has it’s place in very limited situations- like in authentic vintage farm homes. In a decade, homeowners everywhere will be gnashing their teeth as they pull it down to restore their walls.

    1. I think dust will accumulate in the gap between boards so maybe the best idea is outside in a shed?

    2. Like all fads, many jump on the trend until it is overused and becomes tired. However, it is timeless in some settings and will remain so. We have a 1920s beach house and uncovered some unusuable shiplap during renovations. We decided to add new shiplap to two bathrooms to honor the vintage feel. Ironically, we did it before the Gaines had a show and before I even knew it was called shiplap! We just described what we wanted to our builder and he produced two beautiful bathrooms! It grounds the house in its history. It works for the house.

    3. I'm with macgiver54 and ellen-howell...to each his own! My awesome decorative painter brother just turned some horrid 60s/70s dark wood paneling in our new home to beautiful white/weathered shiplap! Tons of compliments all around. I love the look and can hardly call something that's been around for centuries a "fad." :) Carry on, homies!

    4. I agree it is being over done but I disagree that it only belongs in a farm house. I have a 1930’s cottage that was built with it on every wall inside and out. I choose not to uncover it but it will be a accent on 1 wall in my addition. The use of grey and taupe paint is much higher in my book of never again. Gone are the days of pink, blue, green or red houses in my small town. Grey and taupe has taken over.

    5. I agree. Shiplap is not for everyone. It belongs in farmhouses (if anywhere at all).

    6. I must agree with you. This is a fad and looks good in a very old farm house. it was a poor man's wall. And people will indeed be tearing it down when it gets old.

    7. Sorry you are not a fan...I LOVE it! And with a great dane in a small farmhouse, I LOVE that I can paint it semigloss and WIPE CLEAN her messes to keep my home looking great!

    8. Everyone`s taste is different--I personally LOVE IT!! Such a nice change from painted walls !! Gives the room character.

  3. Personally I don't understand the fascination of shiplap. Other things like wainscoting are more my style. That said I guess in certain small doses it can have a place, depending on the style of your house?

  4. I adore shiplap! I love the clean look. I would love to see a reading nook. My granddaughter reads all the time and their house is not big enough for a library. She needs a place of her own.

  5. Great ideals, love the tips you show. Love shiplap always have

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