Shiplap is made out of inexpensive wood such as pine, and has traditionally been used in the construction of barns, sheds, outbuildings, or seasonal homes. It is either rough-sawn 1" or milled 3/4" wood that is between 3" and 10" wide with a 3/8" rabbet that lets the boards overlap in this area.

In stock at Home Depot 

In stock at Home Depot 

The profile of each board partially overlaps. When they overlap they create a  line effects.  When used in an outdoor application the way that the boards fit together provides weather protection. The rabbet grove allows for the wood to swell and move. 

Small space application of painted shiplap is a great way to try out this home design trend. Photo credit: HOUZZ 

Small space application of painted shiplap is a great way to try out this home design trend. Photo credit: HOUZZ 

You most likely heard the design guru Joanna Gaines share about Shiplap on her show. It has caught on, and now everyone is looking to incorporate the inexpensive design trend. They Fixeruppers show that they can laugh at themselves when they created a #shiplap tee! 

https://shop.magnoliamarket.com/products/shiplap-t-shirt Photo credit: shop.magnolia

https://shop.magnoliamarket.com/products/shiplap-t-shirt Photo credit: shop.magnolia

There is rumor that the Fixeruppers say shiplap so many times during an episode that  watchers could play a drinking game. Before you get tipsy on the shiplap trend, you might consider the longevity of the trend for your  personal style. 

Rustic dark wood cabinets and painted shiplap make for a warm space. Photo credit: Houzz

Rustic dark wood cabinets and painted shiplap make for a warm space. Photo credit: Houzz

You can find a million ideas for shiplap on Pinterest. 

You can find a million ideas for shiplap on Pinterest. 

The ever popular Farmhouse Industrial is like a version of Modernized Vintage. It takes the melding of farm style rustic and puts it with stainless steel. If the warmth of country style paired with an updated clean line appliances and hardware fits you, shiplap could be your thing! 

Chrome and Shiplap can result in coastal style that has a modern appeal Photo credit: Houzz

Chrome and Shiplap can result in coastal style that has a modern appeal

Photo credit: Houzz

Given the affordability and visual impact this could be the way you make a blah space in your home have character. Costal, cottage, Farmhouse, and Vacation Home style is easily achieved with a bit of the shiplap detail. 

 

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