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4 Considerations for Designing With Shiplap

Check out these tips for using shiplap in a remodel

UFP Industrial shiplap

Thanks in part to DIY television, shiplap is one of the biggest must-haves in interior design. And it’s no wonder—the timeless look fits in well with a diversity of decors from a traditional-style home in the country to an accent wall in an urban loft bedroom. Dreamstyle is featuring the classic style in this year’s Model Remodel, with UFP Industries’ Edge Timeless Nickel Gap shiplap on several interior walls as well as the ceiling. 

Thinking of adding shiplap to upcoming projects? We checked in with UFP-Edge for best practices and tips:

Explore the possibilities 

One of the appeals of shiplap is its versatility—it can add visual appeal to nearly any room in the home. Add wainscoting to a bathroom, create an accent wall in the living room, build a headboard in the bedroom, or add a rustic touch to the mudroom. Check out these and 11 more ideas on UFPI’s blog

Eschew preconceived notions

Though shiplap is popular on shows like Fixer Upper, it’s not limited to rustic or country styles, particularly when you consider the range of available textures and colors. For example, UFP-Edge Timeless Nickel Gap shiplap can be used to create a Scandinavian look or weathered wood accent boards can lend an industrial look.

Horizontal or vertical? 

The decision to install shiplap horizontally or vertically comes down to the desired aesthetic. Horizontally installed shiplap creates strong horizontal lines, thereby making a room look wider. It’s a clean look suitable for creating a beachy feel in a coastal home, a traditional style in a Cape Cod, or a barn-inspired look for rustic or farmhouse styles. Also consider horizontal applications for areas with nearby vertical visual weight, such as staircases and kitchen backsplashes. 

A kitchen with a stove top oven

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In contrast, vertical shiplap is a great way to elongate walls visually and make them feel taller, so it’s perfect for rooms with lower ceilings and for wainscoting. Vertical installations deliver a more contemporary vibe, so they’re well-suited to vintage or Mid-Century looks.

Spruce up an office

With more homeowners working from home, elevating the office space can help boost productivity. Installing shiplap on an accent wall or half wall can provide an instant facelift without a huge investment; add shelves, plants, and lighting to complete the look. The wall also will make a great background for video conference calls. 

Follow along with the 2020 Model Remodel.

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