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 the most spectacular ways the 'Fixer Upper' stars have used this versatile material.

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November 08, 2018
Show: Fixer Upper

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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.

Shiplap Wainscoting

Joanna uses natural wood shiplap as wainscoting in this home's living room. You can also 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.

Shiplap Shelving

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

Add Painted Shiplap Walls

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

Try Painted Shiplap

To create a cottage-style space that features all the texture associated with shiplap, just reach for the white paint. The painted white shiplap in this sitting room cohesively combines with the white trim seen throughout the rest of the room.

Original or New?

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 in your home.

Create a Fireplace Focal Point

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

Painted Pine Ceiling

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

Mix Rustic and Modern

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

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.

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, unpainted 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 natural wood shiplap accent wall.

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.

Try Vertical Shiplap

Joanna Gaines added a cozy eating area to this kitchen by lining the pale walls with long slats of vertical shiplap and a coat of matte black paint.

Shiplap Barn Door

This home office has a rugged and masculine feel, thanks to the barn door hardware and sliding shiplap panel Joanna Gaines created to frame its window. The stain she used on the wood here, matches the stain on the ceiling beams throughout the home.

Pair Rustic Wood With White

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

Emphasize Architectural Details

Joanna Gaines framed the pair of triangular windows in this bedroom loft with a shiplap wall. The wall begins on the first floor and carries the eye up the stairs and all the way to the dramatic roof.

Experiment With Angles

This staircase is the first thing visitors see when they enter the front door. The diagonal pieces of whitewashed shiplap on each step pair beautifully with the horizontal panels on the wall and create a one-of-a-kind focal point leading your eye to the top of the stairs.

Echo Shiplap With Molding

Joanna Gaines was thrilled to find intact original shiplap in this classic cottage’s living room, so she gave it a coat of white paint and chose window and door frames that would double down on its traditional texture and dimensions.

Surround the Stove

As Joanna Gaines demonstrates in the Magnolia House B&B’s carriage-house kitchen, modern appliances can feel right at home with more rustic elements. Here, she used wide shiplap planks to give the stainless-steel range an Old World feel.

Make a “New” Detail Look Original

Because the white shiplap planks on this foyer’s walls and ceiling carry into the sitting area Joanna Gaines created beneath the staircase, it looks like it’s been there all along.

Pair Shiplap With Subway Tile

In a matching shade of creamy white, the wide shiplap planks on the walls of this bathroom complement the narrower subway tiles in the shower stall.

Shiplap Headboard

Create a dreamy bedroom with stacked rough-hewn pine planks and a coat of powder-soft grey paint.

Use a Dark Stain

Draw attention to the natural whorls and waves in pine paneling by deepening their tone with a treatment like the one Joanna Gaines used in this rustic-industrial kitchen.

Add Depth to Bunk Beds

Create a kids’ space that’s both crisp and comforting by paneling the surface behind the sleeping area with a wall of dark shiplap.

Update a Fireplace

Joanna Gaines refreshed this hearth by painting its brick bench seat bright white, then carrying complementary shiplap panels to the ceiling and behind the built-in shelves beside the window.

Add a Subtle Accent

To give a bright bathroom just a hint of depth, panel the lower portion of the room with shiplap and add a coat of paint that’s slightly darker than the one you’ve chosen for the walls.

Go Bold With Black

To give her beloved shiplap an ultra-modern edge, Joanna Gaines installed horizontal planks of new, clean-edged lumber on a feature wall and splashed out with matte black paint.

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