Since the popular home renovating show Fixer Upper has been around, shiplap has been on the decorating menu. Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines find a way to incorporate shiplap walls somewhere into every single home that they renovate. And now everyone else is too.
When you fall down the farmhouse decor hole, you’ll find multitudes of ways you can use the trend in your home. With all those examples to inspire you, it’s impossible to say no when the option presents itself. A simple light neutral pattern on the wall can only add to the interest of your room, which is a great reason to add shiplap to every space possible. Here are 25 reasons to put shiplap walls in every room of your home.
How to Add Shiplap Walls to Any Space in Your Home
1. Living Room
There’s just something about a light and airy living room that makes you feel at ease. Covering your living room walls with shiplap will give your space that farmhouse or coastal vibe you’ve been searching for. Choose your shade of white depending on how much natural light your room has and paint away. The linear pattern means you don’t even need to hang pictures for the space to feel finished. Just place your couch and sit back and relax.
Kitchens are a common place to find shiplap walls. And well deserved too. Many kitchens have just enough wall space that they need a little something but there might not be enough space for a full fledged gallery wall. Shiplap solves all those problems. In white, it will match whatever colors and themes you have already going on in your kitchen so there’s no need for a full remodel. Once your shiplap walls are installed, your space will be done and dusted, ready for pizza night with your family. Compared to months of kitchen reno, you can’t argue with those results.
When you think about bathroom design, you think about what will be easy to clean, especially when you have kids to pick up after. So tile might not be the medium to cover your walls with. But shiplap can easily take its place. Not only is it a bright white color, but it also has a texture and pattern play. It’s super easy to wipe down if necessary. When something checks all the boxes, you go for it without a second thought. Your bathroom will thank you and you will end up patting yourself on the back.
While white might not be your first choice for your bedroom, there is nothing that will wake you up faster and more pleasantly than shiplap. Go for a shade of white with softer undertones to make your space feel cozier and less hospital-like. Especially if you get some bright natural light in your bedroom, shiplap is a great option for taking that light into the darker corners and making the whole space seem cheerful. Also, like in the living room, when you have a pattern on your wall, there is no pressure to hang any art. Give yourself a picture of you and your significant other and leave it at that.
Why even bother decorating your mudroom? A good question. The mudroom becomes a place of gathering. Putting shoes on, taking shoes off, folding laundry, washing dirty hands, brushing the dog, it all happens in there. So it makes sense to decorate the space practically as well as beautifully. Shiplap walls provide a pinch of style without getting in the way of all the comings and goings business. It’s exactly what your mudroom needs to give it a lift and make it work for you and your whole family.
6. A Simple Single Shiplap Wall
When it comes to installing a shiplap wall in your home, remember you don’t have to try out a huge wall or full room to begin with. DIY Beautify uses a little corner in their kitchen to add an accent shiplap wall, which you could recreate in any space in your home. This simple weekend project uses leftovers from other DIY work and creates a cozy space in any part of your home. This idea could be used in a laundry room, mudroom, or any other smaller space in your home. The peg hooks and mirror look fantastic in this space on top of the wall, so you don’t need to leave it empty once your work is complete.
7. Add Shiplap Behind Shelving
Metrie provides us with some fantastic inspiration for adding a subtle hint of shiplap to your home. If you are shy about adding a full feature wall, try hiding the shiplap behind shelving in your lounge or bedroom. This adds more texture to the room and is a fun solution for open bookshelves. As the shiplap in this image is a neutral white shade, it’s easy to add any ornaments and books onto the shelving as nothing will clash with the background. It really draws attention to anything you have on display, making it the centerpiece of the room.
8. Shiplap Electric Fireplace & Mantel
Around your TV and electric fireplace can be a challenging area to decorate. If you have a larger wall behind it that looks particularly bare, you’ll want to add something to liven up the area. This shiplap fireplace mantel is ideal for this type of space and gives a warm feel to the room to match the electric fireplace. It acts as a feature wall in your living room and becomes a statement piece. This is a simple DIY project from Micheala Diane Designs that anyone could try, and you don’t need to be extremely experienced to recreate this look.
9. Blue Shiplap Wall for a Contemporary Den
Not everyone will want to add white shiplap walls into their home, and that’s completely understandable. For a contemporary look, we recommend going for a darker shade, such as this blue shiplap wall from Decor Pad. This contemporary den is completely transformed by the addition of this feature wall, which blends in with the built-in shelving. The walls set the tone for the whole room, and the armless sofa completes the look. This color would also work well in a teenager’s bedroom.
10. Laundry Room Vertical Shiplap Wall
While the majority of projects you will see here today involve horizontal shiplap walls, this isn’t the only way to lay this material. Abby Lawson has transformed a small wall in her laundry room with a vertical shiplap wall. If you are short of space, you may find this design much easier to follow, and it will create more of an impact. In a small area, you’ll find horizontal panels may look short and stubby, which isn’t the desired effect. We love the pale turquoise color she uses to complete the look, which would give any room in your home a beachy feel.
11. Budget Friendly Bedroom Shiplap Walls
Driven by Decor shows us how to make this budget-friendly bedroom shiplap wall project. You’ll completely transform your master bedroom or your guest bedroom in this way, and you can, of course, paint them any color if you prefer to add a pretty pastel shade. The great thing about this project is that it doesn’t cost a fortune, as you use plywood strips. These recreate the look of real shiplap boards without the expense. They use plywood strips that aren’t as deep, which means they are easy to install in any room.
12. Shiplap Wall Staircase
Your staircase and entryway to your home are often one of the biggest areas in your house. They can be tricky to know how to decorate, as you don’t want to add something too dark to such a big area in your home. SLC Interiors shares this stunning house in Boston, which completely remodels the staircase area. It’s the ideal solution for a beach house and will make a welcoming first impression for any home.
13. Half Shiplap Wall for Your Bathroom
In a small room, you may just want to opt for a half shiplap wall, as shown in this project by The DIY Playbook. In a small space, a full wall may be a little overwhelming, but this white bottom half looks great with the darker grey paint on top. It really brightens up any small space in your home, especially when you add an extra coat of white paint to the shiplap. If you leave the top half of the wall as it was before, you’ll also find it easier to hang mirrors and paintings on there.
14. A Shiplap Headboard
In your bedroom, you can add a simple headboard with some shiplap. If you aren’t sure how to create a more rustic feel in your room, this is one of the easiest ways to achieve it. This DIY shiplap headboard from Roots & Wings Furniture will give your bedroom a new lease of life and add a beachy feel to any room. This headboard will go with a whole range of paint colors, so you don’t have to worry too much about it blending in with the rest of the room. Of course, you could also paint over it to achieve your desired look and feel if needed.
15. Shiplap On The Ceiling
At Home With Ashley shows us that shiplap isn’t just reserved for the walls in your home. Shiplap could work well in any room in your house, and we think this idea would look great in your playroom or bedroom. This project uses real shiplap but is much easier to install than you might think. The pattern shiplap creates looks really impressive on your ceiling, with its strong lines and eye-catching design.
16. Shiplap Dining Room Makeover
Your Dining Room is an area that would look fantastic with shiplap walls, and we love this DIY project from Lehman Lane. This farmhouse dining room is transformed by adding white shiplap walls, and you’ll be impressed this whole project cost less than $500 to achieve. It will make the room look so much bigger and brighter, and you’ll love entertaining family here in the future. Once you’ve finished with the installation, you can then paint the walls a bright white color or add the shade of your choice on top.
17. Shiplap Walls In Your Shed
If you are looking to transform a shed into somewhere you enjoy working or relaxing in, you’ll love this shiplap wall idea from Finding Silver Pennies. It gives the shed a coastal and laid-back vibe and adds more character and charm to the space. Shiplap is the perfect material for this area in your home and will create a warm and cozy atmosphere instead of having plain wooden walls. They’ve added these walls across the whole of the shed, and in a small but airy space like this, you won’t find the look too overwhelming.
18. Family Room Fireplace
Add a fun touch to your family room, as demonstrated by Caitlin Creer. The fireplace is the perfect place to add shiplap to, and it adds a cozy and warming feel to this part of the room. We think adding an accent wall is the ideal way to test out shiplap walls before committing to covering the whole wall on either side of your fireplace. The best thing about trying a small area is that it won’t cost too much to install and will be a short weekend project. It’s a fun way to test out the laying technique and see how challenging you would find a larger space to complete.
19. Coastal Kitchen Makeover
Sand & Sisal shares this full kitchen makeover which uses shiplap in quite an unexpected area of the kitchen. If you aren’t ready for the full wall commitment, how about adding this material to the wall underneath your kitchen counter. We love how it adds more texture to a space that’s so often overlooked in your kitchen. The pale turquoise color works well with shiplap and creates a lovely texture you’ll admire every time you sit down to enjoy your breakfast.
20. Shiplap in a Frame
We understand even a feature wall can be too much of a commitment for some homeowners. If that’s the case for you, you’ll love this shiplap in a frame DIY project from Naptime Decorator. You’ll use a driftwood board frame to hold the shiplap and then add the planks inside. We can’t believe how stunning this frame looks, and it would be perfect in the entryway to your home. To add more decoration, hang a mirror or wreath from your new frame, which you can change by the season.
21. Shiplap Entryway
Liz Marie Blog shares this shiplap entryway that is the perfect space for hanging your belongings as you enter your home. It creates a warm and cozy feel to your entryway or mudroom and is the perfect backdrop for the hooks and welcome sign in this photo. The great thing about white shiplap walls is that you can then decorate the area with any color or style you like. It’s a versatile background that will completely transform your home, giving your visitors a welcoming first impression when they enter.
22. Pantry Shiplap Walls
Little Glass Jar shows us how to make a fun shiplap project that completely transforms your pantry space. While your pantry may remain closed throughout the day, there’s no reason that it shouldn’t receive some attention and love with a makeover. It’s a part of our home we look at every day, so it’s somewhere that should look aesthetically pleasing. The white backdrop of the shiplap walls will make your pantry look more organized and clean, and it will be easier to find items in a rush when they stand out against the white walls.
23. A Shiplap and Wood Bathroom
For a complete rustic look and feel, we recommend combining shiplap and wood in your bathroom. It will create a warm and homely atmosphere, and shiplap is the ideal background for any furniture or accessories you need to add to your bathroom. Jenna Sue Design shares her bathroom makeover, and you’ll be shocked by how much shiplap changes even the smallest room in your home. We love that shiplap is such a versatile material that can be cut down to fit any wall size. It works well in awkward-shaped rooms to give the room a more uniform look and feel.
24. Shiplap Breakfast Nook
Breakfast nooks are one of our favorite additions to any kitchen, and they are a great spot to enjoy dining, relaxing with a cup of coffee, or reading. This shiplap breakfast nook makes this space even cozier, and you’ll love spending time here each day. Jacquelyn Clark shares this beautiful breakfast nook idea, which uses white shiplap all around the seating area. It gives a uniform look and feel to the seats, making it somewhere you’ll always want to dine with your family.
25. Shiplap Clock
If you just want a subtle splash of shiplap in your home, check out this DIY shiplap clock from Thrifty and Chic. This clock would look great in your kitchen and adds a splash of rustic charm to any home. Shiplap is the ideal base for the black hands and numbers of the clock and makes them stand out so you can tell the time with ease.
Adding shiplap to your walls is such a fun and easy way to transform any home. Remember, you can start off by testing an accent wall or smaller space in your home before committing to a larger makeover. Shiplap is so versatile, so you can add it to your bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, or living room this year for a rustic and cozy look.