Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shipping News

The door is open. Come on in and let's talk about shiplap.

When it comes to trends, I'm always behind the curve. In fact, I miss most of them. But I've always adored planking, beadboard, and shiplap. Years ago, when we renovated a 100-year old Four Square, we found shiplap behind the drywall. And one of the bedrooms had wide, vertical planks on the walls. I still think about that sunny, happy room and hope the new owners enjoy it.

Planking and shiplap have been on my mind ever since we began remodeling the 90s Georgian. The two-story foyer walls were covered with wallpaper. After looking into several options, I opted for faux beadboard sheets in the foyer and loved the results.

I'd hoped to plank the guest room walls. Maybe this little white box could somehow acquire a touch of (faux) history. 

On Houzz, (when I'm not on Pinterest, I'm searching at Houzz), I found a charming home with just the right amount of shiplap. Alix Bragg designed this warm, inviting foyer.

For the paint color, she chose Benjamin Moore's Cloud White, which looks much warmer in the Carolina afternoon light.

A peek at the kitchen.

I've seen photos of this hallway everywhere. In fact, I've got it pinned. It seems to be a new
home, since no art hangs on the walls and no rug is underfoot. A lovely antique mood is created by simple (nothing froo froo here) architectural details. I'm betting that the hall is breathtaking in person.

Here's another coastal room where horizontal planks add character and detail in an all-white room.

The planked walls in this dining room haven't been painted, and they are as warm and alluring as butter melting on a biscuit.

The shiplap doesn't get out of hand. The white trim and ceiling keep everything calm and balanced.

A winning combination: Blue-gray beadboard on the kitchen ceiling and shiplap on the island.

This kitchen uses shiplap as a backsplash rather than tile--a marvelous idea.

This photo reminds me of the old bedroom in our Four Square. Here, the shiplap is used as wainscoting. Just enough.

I could stay a while in this lovely planked room.

When used judiciously, shiplap is a clever way to add character to a new home. It lends a certain patina and coziness. And, unlike wallpaper, you don't have to peel it away. For me, shiplap just takes me back to the old Four Square, to that sunny bedroom. So if it becomes a tired old fad, that's quite all right. It can come sit by me.


  1. Shiplap does create a very specific look as your photos so perfectly illustrate. I think it's too late for me to incorporate the look into my style.

    1. It is lovely, indeed. Thanks for stopping by this morning!

  2. I'm not familiar with the term ship lap. I like how it looks- definitely warms up an interior space. That traditional hall is amazing- so much detail! Love the gorgeous wood flooring contrasting with the white. I know the term tongue and groove and lap siding- I wonder if they're the same?

    1. Hi, Liz. I love the contrast of the wood floors and white, too. I was curious about shiplap vs TandG and found a good article: http://www.ehow.com/info_12121058_tongue-groove-vs-shiplap.html

      And another:http://coatshomes.com/blog/lesson-tongue-groove-shiplap-and-more-wood-on-the-walls

  3. I grew up in a home with planked siding. Thought nothing of it until I decided to do it in our sun room. Coming along beautifully!
    Luv your inspirational photos.

    1. Thank you! So glad you enjoyed the photos.

  4. Beautiful post Michael. I love planked walls when they are applied as seen in the above images. They add character and texture to the room. Thank you for sharing your images and words,

    1. I'm still swooning over PL's "Northern Green." I found a paint store in my hometown. Whee! Thanks for all of your help with the green door!

  5. Michael Lee, everyone of these rooms calls out to me. I'm with you on this look, trend or not. Our first home was built in the 30s. When we took off the gauzed backed wall paper, we found shiplap. We ended up putting up sheet rock, texturing, and painting. When we remodeled the kitchen and bath, we added bead board to both spaces. Our current home was also built in the 30s. With the remodel on this house, we added bead board to two different rooms. Yes, this look will always be warm and inviting to me. Our sun porch was originally a screened in porch added to the original house. Now it is enclosed with doors and windows and phantom screens for instant transformation to screened in porch when we so desire. We left the original shiplap on the walls. Love the look!
    I vote yes for adding the look to your Georgian. '-)

  6. Those spaces are amazing - n ever heard that term before, nice to learn new things. Awesome post, really enjoyed the pics you chose to share. Thank you. : - )

  7. It's definitely on my list for two or three walls in our house. Great post!