So a few years ago the term “shiplap” landed on everyone’s radar courtesy of Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper. Before that time there were a few different types of wall details that had been around, such as wains coating and an occasional chair rail but they didn’t have quite the same impact as the shiplap craze.
Now, keep in mind that just like any trend there are those who are not fans. I found no less than 5 articles stating that shiplap was “out” and many of them were written in 2016. I am still using some of these details in the houses I am working on for a couple of reasons. The first one being that in my market home buyers are still asking for this as one of their “wish list” items. The other is that I may be using shiplap but I am using it in different ways. Installing it in different patterns or painting it a bold color can change the look.
These options that I am going to share with you today are carpentry details that you can add fairly easily. With some planning, they can add charm and character to any house.
A modern take on the classic shiplap design. This can be used on walls or in smaller spaces, like the backs of these matching mudroom benches. With this space having a unique function as a drop zone from the garage and being a transition between the family room and the laundry room, this fun detail makes it a space you where you don’t mind spending some time.
This is the grand daddy of the wall details and for good reason. It can lend itself towards modern or traditional design, or it also can be used to create a coastal vibe even if you are no where near a body of water. It can be installed on walls in mudrooms, entire accent walls, in the shelves of bookcases, or on islands.
I added this category of shiplap because it has a completely different look when its installed vertically. By drawing the eye up in a space it can make the ceiling feel a bit higher as it did in this living room where we installed it above the fireplace.
Quick Tip: You can always paint any of these details in a bold or contrasting color to boost the impact.
Board and Batten
This is the most traditional version of wall details in this list but it can be modified. For example, it can be adjusted in height to vary or it can be evenly spaced for symmetry. It has some flexibility if you want to install it where there may be doors or windows you are working around. In this photo it was installed in a porch to create a mudroom. The height of the cross details needed to also work with the hooks. Since this was a craftsman style home this version fit well with the overall style of the home.
These are just a few of the options available. The next time you are wanting to highlight a space think of one of these options to add an inexpensive custom element that can make your space memorable. Great for house flips or your own renovations.
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