Popular shiplap creates timeless, classy look

Ever since Chip and Joanna Gaines renovated their first home for the popular HGTV show

Ever since Chip and Joanna Gaines renovated their first home for the popular HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” the term shiplap has become not only a household word, but a word put to good use in a lot of households.

Shiplap by definition is wooden boards with grooves cut in the top and bottom allowing the pieces to fit together that have been commonly used as exterior siding on houses, barns or sheds way before the Gaineses brought it to everyone’s attention as an interior accent. When used on the interior of a home, shiplap boards are usually painted or stained white and mounted horizontally with gaps in between, which can create a rustic look that adds some interest to a particular space.

In this kitchen by Tennessee Valley Homes, designers opted to use pops of shiplap on the range hood as well as the boxed-in refrigerator doors and framing. But in order to keep from overdoing it, other spaces like the island, backsplash and ceiling are built with other surfaces such as wood, marble and sheet rock.

While using shiplap to add some punch to an interior wall is nothing new, getting creative and putting it in different areas can still be a great way to accentuate without going overboard on a trend you probably don’t want on every wall in your home.

Tennessee Valley Homes used shiplap on this vaulted ceiling to add interest and draw the eye upward in this dining room.

Nashville builder Tommy Harris of Team Builders said using shiplap used to be something he used to do “once in a while,” but now it’s in almost every house he works on.

“Shiplap is transcending being just a farmhouse trend and is this whole modern thing now,” he said. “We are remodeling a house in Franklin where we just used shiplap in the back of some built-ins, on a wall in the butler’s pantry and a mudroom. Upstairs, we have shiplap behind every one of the bathroom vanities. It can be cool, elegant or modern and can mean different things in different places.”

Laura Hood is a commercial interior designer with STG Designs in Nashville and said shiplap is even being used commercially. She says it’s a timeless material.

More often than not, shiplap is painted white and hung horizontally, but this drop station is a great example of not only incorporating a bold color choice, but also adding a pattern to the shiplap to add interest.

“We bring it into a space to create visual interest and warmth,” she said. “A tie in back to nature brings warmth and texture to a space. We see it as a feature wall, behind a reception desk and on ceilings.”

This home by Tennessee Valley Homes used touches of shiplap in the kitchen including the island, which is painted dark for contrast and the range hood, which is painted white so that it blends with the cabinetry while still keeping a unique texture.

LCT Team – Parks Realtor Marabeth Poole used touches of shiplap in her personal home, built by Tennessee Valley Homes. She has shiplap throughout her family room and kitchen ceilings as well as her covered porch. 

“The back porch has a vaulted ceiling with an interesting, pickled finish,” Poole said. “One of my favorite spots is the shiplap hood above my range.  Shiplap is definitely popular, but it is a classic building element with a timeless feel.”

Parks Realtor Marabeth Poole lives in a home with creative uses of shiplap throughout including this range hood accented with the popular wood planks painted white and paired with wood, tile and even glass on the cabinet doors.

McClain Franks, broker for Tennessee Valley Homes and Battle Ground Realty said shiplap is such a diverse material that adds great texture to any project.

“We have a lot of customers using it on fireplaces, islands, built-ins and hoods, as well as walls and ceilings. Shiplap is versatile as well in that it can bring a farmhouse feel to a space or painted black it can feel more modern.”