You've probably heard the term a million times, but what exactly is shiplap, anyway? A growing trend in decor, shiplap is a wooden board that's commonly used outdoors on sheds and barns, and as a form of siding. Each board is milled and connects snugly with the next, creating a distinctive line between each layer. Thanks to the rise in farmhouse-inspired style, more and more designers are bringing this rustic look inside.
It isn't hard to understand why this trend has taken off. When paired with the right accessories and furniture, shiplap looks stunning as flooring, as wall paneling and even on the ceiling. This gorgeous living room from lizmariegalavan on Instagram has wide-planked shiplap flooring is proof that this versatile material can work anywhere—and will always make a statement.
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Thick and Thin Paneling
From wide to slim (and everything in between), shiplap can be cut to suit your own personal needs. This stairway from the_home_project on Instagram uses very thin shiplap boards to add texture while maintaining a minimalist and modern look. Minimalism is a great way to make a statement without overpowering a space, and shiplap really helps make the look feel more polished.Continue to 2 of 18 below.
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Use It in Every Room
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 from A Beautiful Mess is proof that it's worth the extra steps. You'll want to ensure the planks are treated against moisture before you attempt this look—but if you're tired of tile, shiplap is a unique alternative.Continue to 3 of 18 below.
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Create a Shiplap Headboard
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. This DIY headboard from jamiezanotti on Instagram looks like it cost hundreds of dollars at a high-end store, and the built-in nightstands and ledge for knickknacks help create a cozy, snug space.Continue to 4 of 18 below.
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Open up Your Dining RoomContinue to 5 of 18 below.
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Try Dark ShiplapContinue to 6 of 18 below.
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Wall to Ceiling ShiplapContinue to 7 of 18 below.
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Outfit a NurseryContinue to 8 of 18 below.
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Open a HallwayContinue to 9 of 18 below.
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Shiplap FireplaceContinue to 10 of 18 below.
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A Shiplapped Shower
Here's another shiplap bathroom idea from Flippin Wendy that utilizes the paneling—only in the shower. If you're sick of standard bathroom tile, you can opt to try a shiplap material called AZEK. With a little patience and water-tight installation, she gave her space a unique and nautical feel we love. As with any white shower, you'll want to take steps to keep it clean to maintain the fresh look.Continue to 11 of 18 below.
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A Stunning Entryway
Whether you have a small foyer or you have room to play with, shiplap can help create dedicated spaces and visual interest in your entryway. We love this super-organized shiplap entryway from briahammelinteriors on Instagram. Creating a welcoming space like this one in your mudroom or entryway always offers a warm welcome after a long day.Continue to 12 of 18 below.
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Create a Barn DoorContinue to 13 of 18 below.
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The Perfect Reading NookContinue to 14 of 18 below.
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A Hip HeadboardContinue to 15 of 18 below.
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A Rustic Bathroom
One of the best things about shiplap is that it doesn't have to look polished to look good. This hunter green bathroom from newleafcustomhomesdallas on Instagram is proof that a matte shiplap can give off a vintage feel without feeling too stuffy or overly polished. Plus, horizontal lines help this small bathroom feel even bigger.Continue to 16 of 18 below.
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Mix and Match Textures
This farmhouse-inspired kitchen from Sita Montgomery Interiors utilizes both shiplap and white brick to pull the whole look together. We love that the horizontal lines are woven throughout the kitchen island and behind and above the stove. Keeping the same color palette is a great way to mix and match textures without the style feeling disjointed.Continue to 18 of 18 below.
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