10 Creative Ways to Decorate With Shiplap

White shiplap walls in foyer hallway with windows light natural wood floors

Swanson Homes | Photo: PK/Schneiderman’s

We’re infatuated with shiplap these days and for good reason, I think.  It’s a great way to add interesting dimension and texture to walls, and it’s fairly inexpensive to mimic the look even if you don’t have the real thing.

But what if you want to do something a little different than a basic white shiplap wall, or maybe you just want to try a little of it out in your home?

Here are some ideas:

1. Frame it.

Make one wall a focal point by “framing” it with rustic beams. Love how much character the painted and rustic wood adds to this space.


2. Stripe it.

Stripes are a great way to insert a bold graphic element into a space and combining stripes with shiplap gives great dimension.

Stripe painted shiplap walls. Shiplap walls painted in stripes. Striped shiplap wall paint color. #Shiplap #StripedWall #PaintColor AGK Design Studio.Patterson Custom Homes via Homebunch

3. Dress up hidden spaces.

If you’re not sure how committed you are to the look, or if you just like making typically boring spaces a little more fun, add some shiplap to a small space, like a pantry or closet.

Farmhouse Pantry Makeover via Little Glass Jar
Little Glass Jar

{Related post: Farmhouse Chic (10 Ways to Get The Look}

4. Delightful doors.

Speaking of closets… Jess at Bright Green Door took hers to the next level with a custom door treatment and an interesting color choice (Benjamin Moore Hidden Waterfall).

Modern French Closet Doors
Bright Green Door

5. Look up.

Sometimes we forget about the “5th wall” when we’re decorating, but the design details on this ceiling make it a standout and accentuate the height of this beautiful bedroom.

Master bedroom in gray and white with "shiplap" ceiling, rustic beams, herringbone walls,:
Patterson Custom Homes

6. Welcoming entry.

There are only seven small pieces of shiplap in this entry, but imagine the space without it.  Proof that you don’t really need much to make an impact.

Small Foyer Built in Bench. Small Foyer Built in Bench Design. Small Foyer Built in Bench Shiplap Wall hooks and Shelf. Smal lFoyer Built in Bench #SmallFoyer #BuiltinBench

7. In the mudroom.

Wall hooks usually get quite a workout so the cubby wall treatment in this mudroom not only adds unique design interest but helps protect the wall.

Mudroom with herringbone brick floor, lockers with shiplap and hooks, storage, gray walls, white trim

Swanson Homes | Photo: PK/Schneiderman’s

8. Statement island.

An island is the workhorse of the kitchen, but that certainly doesn’t mean it needs to be boring!

Indigo and shiplap combine to make this island a stunning feature of this kitchen.

shiplap island + bright white stools:
Townsend Interiors Design Build

{Related post: Farmhouse Style – Slater Mill Dining and Shiplap Walls}

9. Bathroom backsplash.

We love how they painted this shiplap gray and used it for all of the walls in this bathroom, including the backsplash.

Bathroom with gray shiplap, white vanity, gray tile floors, vanity storage

Stonewood, LLC | Photo: PK/Schneiderman’s

10. Fireplace fix.

No more boring space up above the fireplace. This creative wood detail adds a perfect backdrop for art or a flat screen TV.

Have you used shiplap in your space? Which is your favorite idea?


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6 Responses to 10 Creative Ways to Decorate With Shiplap

  1. Little Glass Jar - Ashley Broviak July 5, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

    Thank you so much for adding my Farmhouse Pantry!!! Great round up! XO!

    • PK July 5, 2016 at 9:59 pm #

      Thanks Ashley and you’re welcome! You did a great job with it!

  2. Bryan July 2, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    Wow, I absolutely LOVE #10! The shiplap backdrop behind the fireplace looks so sharp, handsome and plays beautifully with the texture of the limestone. Wouldn’t have thought of many of these. Thanks for excellent accent shiplaping ideas! ;)

    • PK July 3, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

      You’re welcome, Bryan! And thank YOU for reading the blog and commenting. :-)

  3. larry July 2, 2016 at 8:07 am #

    Incredibly pretty shots and compelling color.

    I hope shiplap walls don’t lead to “country” sailing back into popularity!

    • PK July 3, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

      Hi Larry – I don’t think we’ll every see “country” as it used to be but the new farmhouse look is very popular right now. An inviting, “homey” feel with a fresh updated look. :-)


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