Decorating With Shiplap: Ideas From Fixer Upper

It's no secret that Chip and Joanna Gaines are fans of designing with shiplap, a rough-sawn pine paneling often used in barns and historic homes. Get inspired by some of of the most spectacular ways the Fixer Upper stars have used this versatile material.

By: Liz Gray
Show: Fixer Upper

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images ©2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights

Photo By: Rachel Whyte

Photo By: Rachel Whyte

Photo By: Rachel Whyte

Photo By: Rachel Whyte

Photo By: HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC

Original or Added?

Chip and Joanna found original shiplap paneling under dated drywall in this Craftsman-style home, but you can purchase salvaged or new pine boards to create the look at home.

Add a Little Shiplap

Create a taste of rustic style by adding wooden box awnings over your home's windows, like Joanna Gaines did in this Craftsman-style living room. Or, use the weathered wood to create a built-in bookshelf.

Contrast Rustic Shiplap With Modern Elements

Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines brought in shiplap for a paneled feature wall behind the farmhouse sink. A white subway tile backsplash and quartzite countertops add a modern element to the rustic space.

Complement Shiplap With Pine Shelving

Complement rustic shiplap with industrial elements, like this sculptural shelving unit made from plumbing pipe and pine planks.

Try Painted Shiplap

To create a cottage-style space that features all the texture associated with shiplap, just reach for the white paint.

Frame a Fireplace Focal Point

Here, a portion of shiplap wood siding has been uncovered, painted white and framed to elegantly extend the fireplace mantel.

Add Painted Shiplap Walls

Here, painted shiplap walls add subtle texture to this open, airy living room.

Painted Pine Ceiling

Bright white paint adds a modern touch atop the pine ceiling, and reflects light around the open living room.

Make it Cohesive

Choosing one wall material for an open concept home unifies connected spaces. Here, designer Joanna Gaines repeated the painted shiplap walls in this home's living room and entryway.

Mix Rustic and Modern

For an more contemporary look, Chip and Joanna Gaines paired painted shiplap siding with thick, streamlined wood shelves in this built-in shelving unit.

Tip: See What Lies Beneath

Since shiplap was commonly used as insulation in farmhouse-style homes, check under the existing wall surface before starting a renovation project. In this home featured in HGTV Magazine, designer Joanna Gaines found shiplap walls hidden under crumbling wallpaper. She peeled off the dated pattern and reinvigorated the room with a fresh coat of white paint.

Add White-Washed Shiplap

For a more rustic painted look, copy the look from Joanna Gaines' home kitchen: white-wash the pine surface to add brightness without covering the wood's characteristic knots and imperfections. 

Create a Rustic Vaulted Ceiling

Rough-hewn pine boards overhead draw the eye up to the vaulted ceiling in this bedroom designed by Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Try a Bathroom Feature Wall

Chip and Joanna Gaines decked out this master bathroom with new gray paint and a shiplap accent wall.

Pair Rustic Wood With White

White elements, like the tub, countertops and accessories, keep spaces featuring rough-hewn wood siding feeling light and airy.

Try Pine Outside, Too!

Love the look of pine paneling? Try it on your home's exterior, like Chip and Joanna did on this midcentury modern-style home.

Shop This Look