There’s a reason shiplap has been a fixture on the interior design scene for a while. There’s just something about this material that brings a clean and desirable look to any space. Plus, it fits nearly any design that you could dream up. Don’t believe us? Keep scrolling. These shiplap ideas are so eye-catching they’ll have you channeling your inner Joanna Gaines in no time.

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Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering shiplap ideas. Image: Art Home Garden

What to consider before putting shiplap on the walls

Shiplap as a finished product looks great, but it’s not the simplest project in the world to undertake. With that in mind, we’ve listed a few considerations for you to mull over before you go about trying to recreate these looks yourself. They are as follows:

  • Board Type: Not all boards are created equal. There’s real shiplap, which can be found in older homes and lumber yards but is very expensive to buy. Then there are tongue and groove boards, which fit together as the name suggests and can be purchased at your local home improvement store. Or you can consider plywood, which is the most affordable option but lacks some of the detailing found in other options.
  • Gap Size: Traditional wisdom states that you should leave a gap the size of a nickel in between boards. However, you can use spacers from a local home improvement store to shorten or widen the gap as you see fit.
  • Paint Color: Not all shiplap has to be white. Think about painting it a dramatic color to make a big statement, especially if you’re using it as an accent wall or focal point.
  • Pro vs. DIY: Putting up shiplap is no easy task. It requires cutting boards to size, making sure they’re level and accounting for corners. It’s up to you to decide if you’re up for the task or you’d rather bring in the pros.

Check out these 12 shiplap ideas:


Make a statement by including shiplap in a grand entry. Image: William Guidero Planning and Design

country rustic

Shiplap works perfectly when hand-in-hand with a country rustic look. Image: Chelsea Lauren Interiors


Include other shades in your design to create a sense of contrast. Image: Jessica Jacobson Interior Design


Create an all-white palette to really highlight the look of the shiplap. Image: Nathaniel Ebert

accent wall

The texture that shiplap provides makes it a great choice to become an accent wall in any room. Image: STOR-X Organizing Systems – Edmonton

focal point

Put shiplap on a fireplace to create an instant focal point. Image: Kelly Hohla Interiors


Use white shiplap to leave your bathroom squeaky clean. Image: Moen

Choose wider boards to create a more modern aesthetic. Image: Duerden’s Appliance and Mattress


Consider leaving some of the boards unfinished to create a natural look. Image: Art Home Garden


Be careful where you place seams between boards and around doorways. Image: CP McClary Construction Inc

open concept

Since white shiplap is light and airy, it’s a natural fit for larger spaces like open concept rooms. Image: Westcoast Windows


Mirror the look of the shiplap in other elements of the design to create a cohesive design. Image: Cole Harris Associates LLC

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