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Design du Jour: Shiplap

It’s impossible to turn on HGTV or flip through the latest issue of Architectural Digest and not notice the mention of shiplap. If you’re not familiar with this massive trend that’s currently dominating the world of interior design, shiplap is a type of board that was originally used to waterproof ships. Characterized by long horizontal (or vertical) panels formed by overlapping grooved boards, weather-tight shiplap is made from relatively inexpensive pine and popular in cabins and beach cottages. Over the past few years, with the popularity of shows like Fixer Upper, shiplap installation, DIY faux shiplap, shiplap tile and even shiplap wallpaper are taking the world by storm. 

It Can Make the Room Feel Larger

Installing your shiplap vertically can help emphasize the height of the room, making it feel larger. Another pro tip is to install the boards on the ceiling, which have a tendency to draw the eye upwards, also make the space feel larger.

It Works In (Almost) Every Space

Whether used in your living space, bedrooms or even the bathroom, shiplap gives texture and immediate visual interest, adding warmth to otherwise blank (and boring!) walls. It accomplished this in a clean, unfussy and contemporary way. When painted, it can also be used to make an older, historical home feel more modern and inviting.

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You May Already Have It!

For decades, shiplap was actually covered up in homes! Builders would line rooms in shiplap to keep them warm and dry, and then cover it with a layer of muslin and wallpaper to hide the seams of the shiplap. If you’re renovating your space and discover it hiding beneath your walls (lucky you!), here’s how to make sure it’s authentic. Unlike bead board and V-groove, which are connected by a tongue and groove, shiplap boards are joined with an overlapping rabbet joint, which creates a 90 degree-angled gap in between the boards. Need a second opinion or tips on installing it yourself? Let the design specialists at Faith Floors & More give you a hand!