What The Heck is Shiplap and How To Use It In Your Home

 
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You've probably heard the word shiplap popping up around the interior design world lately, thanks to the Gaines' of HGTV's Fixer Upper, but what the heck is it really and why is it so popular?

Traditionally, shiplap is a type of inexpensive wooden board often used in the construction of sheds, barns, cottages and other rustic buildings. Both ends have a groove, known as a rabbet, that interlocks with the other to fit together snugly and form a tight seal. 

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More recently it has become a big trend in the design world for its decorative purposes. Shiplap is a great alternative to other interior finishes because of its rustic character and subtle texture. It is most often painted white, however it also looks great painted in dark colours or stained if you're going for a more mountainous look.

There's really no limit or rules as to where shiplap can be applied; mudrooms, entryways, dining rooms, ceilings, washrooms, bathrooms, you name it!

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In case you're interested in adding shiplap to your own home for a little extra dimension and appeal, we've put together a guide to answer some of the most common questions and share some of our favourite shiplap looks!  


GUIDE TO SHIPLAP WALLS:


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SPACING: 1/16" (About the thickness of a nickel). For shallow spacing use "tongue and groove boards"  

 
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PAINT: For the best finish, have it sprayed. Go classic with white...

 

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HOW TO APPLY IT: 

  • First nail to a finished dry wall

  • Then add a baseboard and crown last to complete the look

 

SIZE: Standard - 1"x6" or 1"x8"

MATERIAL: Pre-cut tongue and groove boards or MDF boards

 
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FOR MORE DIMENSION AND CONTRAST: Use 1/8"

 
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GO BOLD: Choose a dark color to paint your shiplap and instantly make any wall a statement piece

 
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