Ahoy Matey – Shiplap In Interior Design

Date: September 28, 2016

We’ve all seen them: Horizontal planks, one on top of the next, running the length of the walls and usually whitewashed. Shiplap is everywhere in the interior design world. There’s no denying the depth and architectural interest that it lends a house. It gives any room character and can work with various styles. It can read as coastal, cottagey, or even modern if you play it right. Though it is being seen more and more in newly built custom homes, you can find original shiplap (if you’re lucky) in homes built in the early 1900s or earlier. It is usually found in more modest homes from the time as plaster was more expensive and time consuming. Once upon a time in the not so distant past, people renovating old homes would cover shiplap up with dry wall or worse yet, take it down and add dry wall. Thank goodness an appreciation for character and originality in old homes has come back into favor.

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Perfectly rustic in this kitchen, shiplap with pressed tin ceilings and pine floors creates a perfect place to cook up all your meals.
Shiplap doesn’t have to be rustic or old fashioned. When painted a crisp white and paired with modern furniture (like this Eero Saarinen tulip dining table and Series 7 dining chairs), it is thoroughly contemporary.


Tongue and groove is a dynamic background to a modern eclectic living room with a clean lined wingback chair, Moroccan rug, and rustic table and chair.


With a farmhouse sink, wood counter tops, and gold accessories and hardware this kitchen is completely classic.






















This bedroom is perfectly transitional in its neutrality. The upholstered bed, iron bench, and simple shaker table keep everything in this space clean and not too trendy.


























Coastal colors and naturalist artwork combined with neoclassical furniture create a serene bedroom.


















This dining room with shiplap walls, driftwood accessories, and octopus art truly makes you feel as though you are seaside.














Straight out of “American Gothic” this dining room with tongue and groove ceilings and walls makes a graphic statement with black trim and black dining chairs.





























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