10 Things Nobody Tells You About Shiplap

7. With its strong lines and handcrafted feel, it works almost anywhere.

Not just for cozy charm: shiplap in a sparse bath with clean lines in Nordic Beauty: a Brooklyn townhouse reinvented with style and restraint.
Above: Not Just For Cozy Charm: Rebates in a sparse tub with clean lines in Nordic Beauty: A Brooklyn townhouse reinvented with style and restraint.

Advised architect (and leaf enthusiast) Sheila Bonnell: “Because she creates texture in such a clean, no-frills way, it can work just as well in a contemporary setting. In fact, one of the things I love about the shiplap is that it works both ways. Because it’s handcrafted, it can add warmth to what could be a more austere modern setting. Or, conversely, because it has a very crisp line, especially when painted, it can be used to make historic decor more contemporary. Learn more about the many ways to use shiplap in Expert Advice: The Enduring Appeal of Shiplap.

8. Top to bottom or bottom to top?

Painted Leaves at Provincetown Eclectic: A designer duo are channeling P-town's historic past to create a completely original waterfront home. (Note the plinth molding at the bottom, which helps to account for any irregularities. ) Photograph by Justine Hand for Remodelista.
Above: Shiplap painted in Provincetown Eclectic: A design duo is channeling P-town’s historic past to create a completely original seaside home. (Note the plinth molding at the bottom, which helps to reflect of any irregularity.) Photograph by Justine Hand for Remodelista.

Experts say you can’t go wrong installing a shiplap: as long as everything is measured carefully, it’s forgiving enough. Whether you start with the top plank and work your way down, or start with the bottom plank and work your way up, just make sure the first plank is level, as the rest will follow. (Keep in mind that your planks may not fit evenly from top to bottom, depending on the width of the planks relative to your wall height; if you prefer to have full board at the top, start there. .)

8. Paint carefully.

Shiplap adds warmth to a bath at A Cottage Reborn in Coastal Maine.  Photograph by Justine Hand.
Above: Shiplap adds warmth to a bath at A Cottage Reborn in Coastal Maine. Photograph by Justine Hand.

The charm of the shiplap comes from the visible gap between the boards. If you choose to paint your own, paint carefully to make sure the paint does not fill in the gaps.

9. Obsessed with shiplap? There’s a t-shirt for that.

To testify to the popularity of Shiplap, Magnolia Home (by Chip and Joanna Gaines or Upper Fixator fame) is now selling a #shiplap t-shirt for $ 26.

10. The downside: dust.

A detail of rabbets in Sheila Bonnell's guest bedroom;  photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista, as seen in Remodeling src =
Above: A detail of the rabbets in Sheila Bonnell’s guest bedroom; photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista, as seen in Remodeling 101: The Ultimate Wood Paneling Guide with Jersey Ice Cream Co.

If you install the shiplap horizontally, be aware that the small spaces that give the shiplap its charm are also perfect small spaces for dust to collect. Give your walls once more with a rag or rag every now and then to make sure they stay dust free.

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