19 Shiplap Wall Design Ideas

September 26, 2020

By: The Finished Space

DIY-friendly shiplap wood boards will add depth, texture, and personality to your living room, office space, kitchen, children’s area — or any room or space in your home. Versatile shiplap accommodates all styles, including farmhouse, modern, rustic, even chic and refined, or you can create your own unique design for something more artistic or whimsical. Please read on for 19 Shiplap Design Ideas for your home: 

1. Behind Shelving

Coco & Jack - Shiplap Living Room

Designer: Coco & Jack | Photography: Cameron St. Visual Storytelling

The white shiplap used vertically behind the tan shelving adds texture and personality to this tailored living room. The shiplap also draws the eyes upward, creating the illusion of width, while the upholstered furniture and carpet runners add layered depth to the space.

2. Embrace the Farmhouse Style

Option M - OLD - Modern Farmhouse - Kitchen - Cropped

The rustic white shiplap accent wall contributes to the horizontal patterns found throughout the kitchen: the subway tiles, the flooring, the blue bench, and even the kitchen island. These consistent patterns and layers not only make the room appear larger but produces a sense of harmony and tranquility.

3. In a Child's Room

Coco & Jack - Shiplap Playroom - Nook

Designer: Coco & Jack | Photography: Cameron St. Visual Storytelling

Vertical shiplap creates instant hygge in a child’s room — warmth, coziness, and relaxation. The warm-grey bench and pillows offer texture and depth against the solid white walls, providing a peaceful, quiet reading nook in a children’s room.  

4. Don't Shy Away from Dark Gray

Metrie Complete - Rustic Shiplap - Charcoal - Living Room

For this rustic-farmhouse living room, charcoal gray shiplap paneling creates a bold statement, adding texture and warmth to the space. The huge window keeps the room bright and provides a focal point. The light colors of the furniture and decor further add brightness to the space.

5. In a Nook

Metrie Complete - Rustic Shiplap - White - Desk

White wood shiplap provides a backsplash to this modern farmhouse office nook, creating a clean yet rustic feel to the space. Applying the shiplap horizontally makes the small space appear more expansive. 

6. Around the Fireplace

For Blog Only - Brooke Padanyi - Shiplap Fireplace Living Room

Brooke Padanyi

DIY-friendly shiplap panels will help you quickly and easily design an accent wall around your fireplace, creating a focal point in the room and a cozy sitting area for you and your friends and family. With quality shiplap boards and a few power tools, anyone can install shiplap. 

7. Dramatic Diagonal Blues

For Blog Only - The Nomad Studio - Diagonal Blue Shiplap

The Nomad Studio

For a dramatic and personalized room, consider an accent wall with shiplap painted a deep, dark color. The pop of color creates a unique space with lots of depth and texture, representing your own individual style, not too mention the unique orientation in which it's installed!   

8. Heighten your Space with Vertical Shiplap

For Blog Only - Coco & Jack - Vertical Shiplap Closet

Coco & Jack

The clean lines of white vertical shiplap lift the eyes upward, making the interior seem taller and more spacious — an ideal product for basement walls. 

9. Create a Farmhouse-Style Stairwell

Metrie Complete - Shiplap - Stairs Entrance

Horizontal shiplap walls pair wonderfully with the staircase's diagonal lines and vertical elements, giving the space a welcoming vibe of a farmhouse The use of solid white on the walls, banisters, risers, and moldings draws your eyes to the wooden steps, prompting you either up or down the stairs. The continuation of horizontal lines from shiplap to the staircase creates the illusion of a more expanded space. 

10. As a Bathroom Accent

For Blog Only - Lily Ann Cabinets - Shiplap Bathroom

Lily Ann Cabinets

Light-colored horizontal shiplap in a small room makes the room seem bigger and adds warmth and charm to the space. The dark counter adds depth and texture to the solid white walls. The mirrors enhance the illusion of a larger area.

11. As a Headboard Accent Wall

For Blog Only - Brittany Chinaglia, of Brittany Makes & the Vintage Rug Shop - Shiplap Bedroom

Brittany Chinaglia, of Brittany Makes & the Vintage Rug Shop

Installing a vertical shiplap accent wall as a backdrop to the plush headboard and contemporary bedside tables adds character and texture to this tiny bedroom. The shiplap and the monochromatic color scheme help make the room look inviting and fresh. 

12. On the Ceiling

Shiplap - Kitchen

For this modern kitchen, applying wood grain shiplap to the ceiling produces harmony and a sense of continuity to the room's earthy style. Running the shiplap parallel to the room's longest width makes the area look more prominent and draws attention to the window and outdoors — the room's focal point. 

13. Two-Tone Neutral Half Walls

G.A. White Homes - Office - Shiplap - Gray Home Office with Nature Windows - Angle

Tan-horizontal shiplap on three fourths of the wall, topped with several feet of cream-painted wall, provides texture and warmth to this modern yet rustic home office. The clean, minimalistic style emphasizes the view out the expansive windows, creating a natural-organic feel to the room. 

14. In the Dining Area

For Blog Only - House of Jade Interiors - Vertical Shiplap Dining Room

House of Jade Interiors

Vertical shiplap panels are the perfect addition to a modern but homey dining area. The vertical lines boldly contrast with the horizontal open shelving and add texture to the space. Choosing white for the walls, window dressings, trim, baseboards, and cabinets brings a cohesive feel to the room, allowing the beautiful wood dining table to stand out. 

15. In the Sitting Room

For Blog Only - Modest Marce - Rustic Shiplap Sunroom

Modest Marce

An accent wall with light-colored horizontal shiplap transforms this sunroom into a cozy and functional seating area. The shiplap adds texture and depth to the space and also makes the area appear more expansive. Applying vertical shiplap gives the illusion of heightening the room. 

16. Paired with Batten

For Blog Only - Design Line Kitchens - White Shiplap Ceiling Trimmed Kitchen

Design Line Kitchens

This kitchen uses shiplap and batten as an accent pattern in several areas to create a contemporary-farmhouse kitchen. The different lines on the island, ceiling and walls are bold yet welcoming and help to connect the spaces.

17. Make a Shiplap Fireplace

For Blog Only - Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chick - Gray Fireplace

Thrifty Decor Chick

A horizontal shiplap on the surround makes this fireplace a focal point, drawing the eye up, and giving the space height. The warm gray color adds depth and texture, contributing to the room's modern farmhouse style. 

18. In a Bunkbed Room

For Blog Only - Jenny Martin Design - Bunkbed Bedroom

Jenny Martin Design

White shiplap creates the ideal backdrop to these custom-built bunk beds, creating a nautical feel. The smooth texture of the shiplap and wood flooring provide a serene sense of symmetry to this fun and comforting sleeping room. The navy and white striped bedding and dark curtains add depth for the perfect finishing touch.

19. As a Kitchen Accent

For Blog Only - Kate Marker Interiors - Shiplap Kitchen Breakfast Nook

Kate Marker Interiors

If doing an entire room in shiplap overwhelms you, try installing it in a little space, like the breakfast nook in your kitchen. Shiplap will brighten and add depth to the area. However, shiplap must avoid too much humidity exposure because it can retain moisture, becoming damaged if not sealed completely. Metrie recommends protecting cut ends with a primer before painting or touching up, if using a pre-painted shiplap like Metrie Complete.


Get the Look You Desire with Metrie Shiplap Products  

DIY-friendly Metrie shiplap products can help you quickly and easily transform any room in your home into a charming and cozy space. We offer two styles of shiplap: 

Metrie Complete pre-painted and primed Option {M} Modern Farmhouse.

Metrie Complete - Logo

With DIY-friendly Metrie Complete pre-painted shiplap, you can transform the look of a  room to modern-farmhouse, rustic, bohemian, and even industrial in just one weekend. They come primed and painted in a Polar-White color, making them ideal for any decor. If you are ready to add interest and character to your home, consider starting with quick and easy to install Metrie Complete shiplap. 

Option-M Registered-Logo RGB Full-Color

Option {M}™ Modern Farmhouse shiplap merges rustic with contemporary elements to create rooms with clean lines and minimal details. Option {M}™ Modern Farmhouse shiplap comes primed and ready for any paint color you want — perfect for an accent wall. You should consider pairing the shiplap with the Modern Farmhouse trim and door products for a cohesive design. In two short days, you can transform your home into a modern farmhouse with DIY-friendly Option {M}™ Modern Farmhouse shiplap. 

Please contact your local Metrie dealer for more shiplap wall ideas using Metrie products