I'll admit it. I love shiplap as much as the next person, especially when I'm wanting a detail to finish a space without being fussy or formal. I used it in the room above on the ceiling as a way to add a finishing touch to this semi-formal dining room.
It seems that Chip and Joanna aren't the only ones who have wholeheartedly jumped on the shiplap band wagon and they won't be the last (although they might be the only ones selling t-shirts).
Some of you might still be thinking, I like it? But what is it? And how do I put it in my home?
Well I'm here to answer your question. Shiplap is a type of molding and paneling. It is typically painted white, but doesn't have to be white to be considered ship lap. Traditionally shiplap is a kind of wooden board that's often used for constructing shed, barns, and other rustic building. A true shiplap has a groove cut into the top and bottom, where the pieces fit together (similar to tongue and groove) to snugly form a joint between boards. This gives shiplap the look of a gap in between the boards which is the defining characteristic we are all familiar with. If you are working with a trim supplier or carpenter, shiplap is sometimes also referred to as nickel board, or channel groove. If you're looking for a authentic and rustic approach to the ship lap look, you can even stack pine boards end to end and let them naturally gap with expanding and contracting of the natural wood with the seasons.
I've rounded up a few of my favorite applications of shiplap for inspiration:
1. Mudroom or Entry:
This is the perfect spot to add a little shiplap with out a big commitment or cost. I'm loving these spaces and texture and interest the shiplap brings to the space.
Stairs are a great place to use shiplap for an accent and dadd some impact to the area.
A bedroom accent wall or ceiling is a great spot to step up the decor a little bit with the texture of the paneling.
What do you think? do you have a favorite application for shiplap or creative inspiration to use it? Stay tuned for part two of my shiplap.