Shiplap paneling is often wider than beadboard and hung horizontally across interior walls. The rough-sawn boards tend to range in width and fit together via rabbets, or grooves, that run the length of the boards and overlap to form a tight, weatherproof seal (as opposed to beadboard, which fits together with intermittent tongues and grooves). Shiplap was originally used in barns and other outbuildings, but like beadboard, found its way into the spotlight for its durability in seasonal homes.
We’ve rounded up a host of living quarters—bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and dens—that beautifully display the trending material. Whether a shiplap new-timer or a shiplap lover looking for a fresh update, these spaces are sure to inspire.
“My inspirations were blue skies, sand, and sea,” says designer Meg O’Kane of the master bedroom in her Jersey Shore beach cottage. The palette—varying shades of blue from turquoise to cerulean combined with light neutrals (and even pink!)—gives the room a sense of place. Shiplap walls washed in an ocean-happy hue, rather than the more traditionally used white, further that feeling of being at the beach and looking out to the horizon, where sea and sky meet.
Traditional beach cottage interiors call for light, bright materials: Think painted, textured shiplap walls, cypress ceilings with exposed rafters, and cerused white oak floors chosen to mask the sand tracked in from the beach. “The idea was to make things as livable and practical as possible,” says Mary Haynes, one of the two designers behind this comfortable, family-friendly Jersey Shore retreat. “You don’t want to constantly worry about upkeep when you’re at your beach house.”
The simplicity of white painted shiplap walls provides an ideal canvas for mixing more traditional pieces with bright colors and funky patterns. In this casual Jersey Shore dining room, classic nautical accents, like porthole-inspired sconces, a statement-making chandelier that’s reminiscent of a ship’s wheel, and a framed seascape, mingle stylishly with a set of heirloom dining chairs reupholstered in a bold, coral trellis pattern for a beach house look that feels unexpectedly fresh and unique.
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