Is your house due for a makeover? Whether you’re thinking about transforming one room or multiple rooms, consider using shiplap instead of paint. If you’re not familiar with shiplap, it’s a type of wood paneling that can be placed on walls—and yes, it’s a favorite of Joanna Gaines. And while it might not sound that exciting, installing shiplap in a room will make it look like a whole new space.
To help you decide what shiplap ideas are perfect for you and your home, we’ve rounded up 50 different shiplap looks. They range from simple shiplap DIYs to quirky shiplap design ideas. Some involve paint, others involve stain, some feature it hung up vertically and others showcase it hung up horizontally. We even have a few creative shiplap examples, like an ombre-themed shiplap idea that you’ve probably never even thought to do.
Keep reading to see all 50 shiplap wall ideas. By the time you’re finished, you may want to add shiplap to all the rooms in your house so you can try out as many ideas as possible. Really—these inspiring shiplap ideas are just that good!
50 Shiplap Wall Ideas
1. Use it to frame off your home theater wall
If you are looking for a way to decorate your entertainment space, shiplap looks great behind mounted TVs. Whether you stain it or paint it, it’ll add some interest to that space. It’s a great option for a man cave, too.
2. Use it to create a beachy vibe
Trying to decorate a beach house or get a coastal vibe in a room can be tricky. One simple hack is to use shiplap. It looks especially beautiful in design esthetic when it’s painted white.
3. Use oversized pieces
Do you want to make a statement in one of your rooms? Do so by putting up oversized pieces of shiplap. Having that on the wall will look super chic.
4. Decorate your fireplace with it
When you’re thinking of ways to makeover your built-in fireplace, consider shiplap. It has a more elegant look than brick or stone and can be painted to blend in with your walls. That way it blends right in with your room.
5. Stain it dark brown
For a more masculine appearance, stain your shiplap dark brown. It looks amazing when you have it in a room with white furniture because of the contrast of the colors. Tip: stain it before you install it so you can make sure you are able to get it on all of the corners and edges.
6. Install it vertically
You’ll usually see shiplap on walls horizontally, but it doesn’t have to be. You can actually install it vertically. Switching up the direction it’s going will make your walls look even taller.
7. Put it up in your kitchen
One way to makeover your kitchen is with shiplap. It’ll add a cool texture to your otherwise plain walls. Plus, you can paint it any color.
8. Use it along the wall in your mudroom
If your mudroom has a little coat hanging area on the wall, make it stand out even more. How? With shiplap. Installing it in that nook will make it pop from the rest of the room.
9. Line your hallway with it
If you really want to go shiplap crazy, don’t stop at putting up shiplap in your rooms. Put it up in all of your hallways, too! It’ll look so nice and make your whole house flow if it’s everywhere.
10. Distress it
Do you want a farmhouse shabby chic design? Use shiplap to get it. You can even distress the wood yourself with some white paint. Just spread it lightly on natural shiplap so it’s not fully covering the wood.
11. Create a baby room accent wall
A cute way to decorate your baby’s nursery is with shiplap walls. Install one behind your baby’s crib and then hang cute items on it. It’ll look so sweet.
12. Go with shiplap wallpaper
If you love shiplap, but you don’t want to fully commit to it, that’s ok, there are other ways to get the look that take less time and are less permanent. One way is with wallpaper. There are tons of different wallpapers with different colored shiplap designs on them.
13. Paint it white
One of the best things about shiplap is that it looks great when it’s painted. One of the most popular colors to paint it is white. It instantly adds brightness to any space it’s put in.
14. Use it in your kid’s bedroom for built-in-bunks
Designing a kid’s bedroom can be fun. If you want to add a stylish element to it, incorporate built-in bunkbeds with shiplap finishes. Then, use it on the wall behind the bunk beds too so it all flows together.
15. Paint it two colors
Are you someone who loves color? Express that with shiplap. If you hang up your shiplap in a vertical direction, it’ll be easier to put several shades of paint on it.
16. Stain one wall of shiplap and paint the rest
If you can’t decide between painting and staining your shiplap, do both! The trick to making them work together is to choose a darker stain and a muted natural paint tint.
17. Go with a pastel shade
When it comes to paint for shiplap, any shade works. If you’re using shiplap in a playroom, though, go with something lighter. A pastel tint will look best.
18. Put it on all your walls
If you’re obsessed with shiplap but are nervous that you’ll use too much in one room, don’t be. Installing it on all four walls of a room won’t look bad. In fact, it’ll look cozy and stylish.
19. Paint a whimsical design on it
Shiplap in a child’s room may seem like something that is too grown up. However, it doesn’t have to be. Use white shiplap and then paint a pretty and playful design on it to give the room a more youthful vibe.
20. Go with rainbow shiplap
If you already have shiplap on a bedroom wall and want to turn it into one of your children’s room, you’ll love this colorful idea. All you need are some paint colors in pastel rainbow shades. Then carefully paint each shiplap piece a different color so you’ll get a rainbow effect.
21. Go bright and boho
Shiplap isn’t just great if you want a farmhouse style room. In fact, it can be used in pretty much any type of design esthetic, even boho. Just paint it a bright color, like coral or yellow, then hang up a flower mirror and other décor.
22. Paint random pieces
Are you tired of looking at your plain white shiplap? Instead of taking it down, consider getting artsy instead. Choosing a few bold paint colors and then painting several random shiplap pieces will bring your space that pop of color it’s been missing.
23. Give it a girly vibe
Go pink! That’s right, painting your shiplap a pale pink will give it a glamourous new look. Mix in brass fixtures to enhance the elegance in there even more.
24. Go for an ombre look
You can give any shiplap room more life by painting it so it has an ombre effect. Start with the lightest shade toward the ceiling and have the darkest shade at the bottom. Paint every 2-3 rows a different tint.
25. Hang it behind a seating nook
A cute way to add some character to a seating nook you have is by adding shiplap to the wall behind it. You can leave it natural, paint it white or go with a bolder shade. Either way, it’ll look pretty.
26. Paint it grey
If you aren’t a fan of white shiplap, but you still want to paint yours a neutral color, it’s possible. Try grey. You can go with a light grey or a dark grey. No matter which one you pick, it’ll look great in any room.
28. Pair it black accents for a Scandinavian vibe
Want a Scandinavian design using shiplap? It’s easier than you’d think to achieve it. Just leave the shiplap a natural wood color, then have your light fixtures and other room accents be black. You can even add faux fur in your room to go along with that style.
29. Put it in your entryway
Make an impression on everyone who walks through your front door with shiplap. Adding to your entryway is an easy way to give that space a makeover. You can put it horizontally or vertically.
30. Decorate it with words
Shiplap walls look great by themselves, but they look great decorated too. One way to make them your own is with words. Adding a phrase or a single word to them is simple, but makes a big impression.
31. Give it a charred finish
How great does this edgy shiplap design look? It was given a charred finish to make it look like that. Talk about a unique idea!
32. Put it up diagonally
Hanging your shiplap up in rows or columns is one way you can install it. Another way is to hang it diagonally. This looks best if you are planning on putting it in a small space, like a bathroom.
33. Add it to your laundry room
When it comes to laundry rooms, the last thing you want is for it to be somewhere you hate. Adding white shiplap behind your washer and dryer look gives it a more polished appearance. It’ll also brighten up that room.
34. Use it as an accent wall in your dining room
It’s true: Dining rooms are hard to decorate. However, using shiplap is one way you can make it look special. Just put it on one of your longer walls so it’ll stretch across the entire room’s length.
35. Create stipes with it
If you have some extra shiplap from a past project, but not enough to cover an entire wall, you can still use it. How? By turning it into stripes for one of your walls.
36. Paint it the same color as your other walls for texture
If you want a subtle change in one of your rooms, you can do that with shiplap. First, pick the color you want to paint your room. Then, paint your shiplap that same shade and put it up on just one wall.
37. Make a zigzag pattern with it
Trust us, you can get extra creative with shiplap. So if you have a large room and aren’t sure how to decorate it, have a carpenter help you make a zigzag pattern. It’ll be custom and completely original.
38. Use it in place of the kitchen backsplash
Backsplash in a kitchen is pretty much a must. But that doesn’t mean you have to use tile. Instead, use shiplap.
39. Paint it purple
If you’re looking for a way to add some colored texture to one of your walls, paint shiplap a shade, like purple. It’ll look good in a small or big space. Just make sure you paint it before you install it.
40. Pair it with exposed brick
One combo that shiplap looks amazing with is exposed brick. If you have exposed brick backsplash in your kitchen, use shiplap on your walls instead of paint. You can use natural-colored ones or white ones.
41. Make a diamond pattern with it
Want to create an accent wall? Do it with shiplap, but make a diamond pattern with it. It’ll create a cool visual.
42. Put it on your closet’s back wall
Have you ever wondered what you can do to make your closet look more stylish? Think about putting shiplap on its backwall. It will look especially good if you have an open closet with no doors because it will dress it up.
43.Bring it up to your staircase’s wall
If you have shiplap in a room with stairs, consider extending it. Having it installed so it goes up the wall of your staircase will look so pretty. Plus, it’ll add a nice texture and upgrade the appearance of your staircase.
44. Mix and match old barn shiplap
One way to get a rustic appearance from shiplap is to use old barn shiplap pieces. It will come in a variety of shades and is the perfect addition to any farmhouse room. It will look unlike anything else in your house once it’s finished.
45. Use skinny pieces of shiplap
One way to have your shiplap stand out is by cutting it into extra skinny pieces. The look of having a lot more pieces on your wall will add a cool texture that regular-sized shiplap won’t give you. You can paint it, stain it, or leave it natural.
46. Turn it into an indoor rock-climbing wall
One great thing about shiplap is that it’s made of wood, which means it can be turned into almost anything. So if you want an out-of-the-box idea, use it to build an indoor rock-climbing wall in a room. It’ll look beautiful and be fun for your kids to play on.
47. Pair it with wallpaper
We bet you’ve never seen shiplap paired with wallpaper before. While it’s not a common thing to do, you have to admit, the two look amazing together. The trick is to pick the perfect wallpaper so it doesn’t clash.
48. Make a shape with it
Instead of putting it up in rows, get creative. Putting shiplap in a triangle shape so it starts small and gets larger is so eye-catching. Make sure you measure out the lengths of the beams carefully if you attempt this design.
49. Paint it blue
Sure, shiplap is pretty natural, but painting it gives it a modern feel. Painting it a moody blue tint is a fun way to incorporate it in a boy’s bedroom or a guest bedroom. If the blue is too bold, add a piece of large artwork on it to break up the color a little.
50. Create custom wall art
Even a tiny bit of shiplap can make a big difference in your room’s appearance. Taking a few pieces and DIYing a piece of custom wall art, like in this image, will look beautiful. It’s a great way to incorporate shiplap without doing your entire wall in the material.