5 Ways to Design With Shiplap

by Leora Kahn on January 17, 2017

By: Leora Kahn


By Zaiba Hasan (ZHasan@MossBuildingandDesign.com)

Coming back from our annual trip to Florida, and by annual, I mean for 2 years in a row, we were immediately greeted with a horrible case of the stomach bug that ravaged our entire crew for a full 10 days!  (Can you tell I am still traumatized from the experience?) The only “fun” part of being laid up in bed was the opportunity to binge watch all my favorite guilty pleasure shows, which in my case is ANY show on HGTV!  I was repeatedly made aware that unless you’ve been living under a rock (like myself apparently), shiplap is all the rage in the designing industry these days.  Made popular by HGTV’s hit show “Fixer Upper."

Shiplap is a type of wooden board used commonly as exterior siding in the construction of residences, barns, sheds, and outbuildings (and YES, I had to look up that definition because I had no clue what shiplap was).  However, interior designers are thinking outside of the box and finding new usages for it that help decorate and accentuate different areas in your home.  Looking for ways to incorporate shiplap into your next remodel?  Here are my top five choices to add a little shiplap to space.

Shiplap Design Accent Wall

Accent Wall and Ceiling

Shiplap has been used by designers to create accent walls. In some cases, the accent wall is the 5th wall, the ceiling! Shiplap can be used to add texture and dimension in an understated and refreshing way!

Accent Wall Shiplap Design


Conventionally, tile is used to add a decorative protective barrier to kitchens and bathrooms.  However, shiplap is now being used in kitchens and baths to convey that “Nantucket,” Cape Cod, feel to a space.  Bonus because shiplap by its nature is so durable it can be quite serviceable as a backsplash as well!

Bathroom backsplash shiplap


During the demolition phase of renovations you may discover amazing décor gold mines!!  Like pulling up disgusting, moldy carpet only to unveil beautiful oak wood flooring or tearing down some patchy drywall over a fireplace and uncovering authentic shiplap.  In a situation like this you count your lucky stars and use that newly revealed shiplap and create an amazing focal point to the room.

Shiplap fireplace design

Kitchen Island

Traditionally used to create more counter and storage space in a kitchen, a kitchen island can also be a decorative center piece that finishes up a complete “look.”  Some builders are adding components of shiplap to the bases of islands to carry through that “farm house” theme all over.

Shiplap design kitchen island


Open concept shelving is a fabulous way to add flair and functionality to a kitchen, family-room, or bedroom.  Making those shelves out of shiplap is a conversation starter!  Adding a little bit of shiplap will “spice” up your new space making it super cool and eclectic.

Shiplap Shelves Design

Best Northern Virginia Remodeler

No matter how you choose to use shiplap, choose Moss Building and Design to help! Call us for a free consultation on any design concerns you may have at 703.961.7707 or email Sales@MossBuildingandDesign.com.

Until Next Time,


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