If you are up on interior design trends, you have probably been hearing the word shiplap a lot lately. Shiplap may be the hottest thing in home decor, but it refers to a style that has been around for years.
To put it simply, shiplap is wood paneling used to cover interior walls, but it has recently experienced a resurgence and today, it is back and bigger than ever with modern looks and styles. Read on to find out more about the wall covering trend that’s sweeping the nation.
What is Shiplap?
Shiplap is a kind of wooden board that is used to construct rustic buildings like sheds, barns and more. It can also be used as an interior design finish. It had fallen out of favor for some time, but in 2016, HGTV’s Fixer Upper hosts, Chip and Joanna Gaines featured the board on their show elevating it as a current design trend and making the term shiplap a household name in home décor.
Traditional shiplap consists of boards that are thin pieces of wood with rabbeted joints. The edges help homeowners achieve consistent spacing during installation while creating a weather tight seal.
Shiplap is relatively easy to install requiring only a hammer or nailer, a saw, and some time to dedicate to getting your home looking great.
Shiplap Décor Choices
One of the reasons homeowners love shiplap is because its so versatile. It can be left in its raw natural form with stain added or it can be painted over with the colors of your choice. The texture of the wood can give your home a unique look. It can be installed horizontally or vertically.
Shiplap can be applied to floors and ceilings and it can be used in any room of the house from bathrooms to living rooms to bedrooms to dining rooms. Because it is so versatile, it is a trend that shows no sign of going out of style.
Shiplap and Reclaimed Wood
Eco-friendly interior design is another trend that’s not going anywhere and reclaimed wood is definitely up there as an environmental option.
Although there are plywood versions of shiplap, reclaimed wood will get you a truly rustic feel and it is also a great way to be kind to mother earth. Reclaimed wood decreases the demand for newly sourced lumber. If harvested correctly, it is also a renewable resource that reduces landfill waste and cuts down on environmental hazards.
Reclaimed wood is also more durable than other types of wood and each plank has a unique characteristic that will give your home a customized look you will love.If you are going for a rustic chic look in your interior design, shiplap is the way to go. It is an environmentally friendly option that provides a homey feel and endless design possibilities. How will you be using it to give your home an update?