16 Exciting Shiplap Cladding Ideas for Every Part of Your Home

February 25, 2021

You’ve likely seen shiplap cladding all over Pinterest. It’s become pretty popular over the past few years, and for good reason! Shiplap cladding is relatively inexpensive and can be found at almost any home improvement store. When installed by a professional tradesperson, it can bring a certain charm to any room in your home. You can also paint it any colour of the rainbow to cover up the blank timber.

But did you know that shiplap isn’t just for the inside of your home? In fact, it’s primarily used on the exterior of homes and backyard sheds. Wooden cladding has been around for decades and isn’t going away anytime soon. That’s why we’ve pulled together our favourite examples of interior and exterior cladding to help inspire you!

Read on to learn a bit about the origins of shiplap timber cladding and what makes it different from tongue and groove panelling. Then, we’ll share our favourite ideas for using shiplap inside (or outside) your home.

What is Shiplap Cladding?

Traditionally, shiplap is a form of cladding used on homes, sheds, barns, and other structures. It is made out of thin, inexpensive wood (usually pine), and protects buildings from water damage. The shape of the boards makes them the perfect siding material for exterior structures, but we’ll get more into that in the next section.

In older homes, shiplap cladding is often found underneath drywall. It can be salvaged and turned into a statement wall in a rustic or farmhouse style home. However, if you’re not one of the lucky few whose home’s original design included shiplap, you can still recreate the look. As we said earlier, you can find shiplap at most home improvement stores for a relatively low price. Once you pick some up, you can hire a professional to install it and have it painted to your taste.

Are Shiplap Cladding and Tongue and Groove Panelling the Same?

No, they’re not. While shiplap and tongue and groove panelling are both forms of timber panelling, their shape makes them different from one another. Check out the image below to see the difference between the two for yourself:

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As you can see in the photo, the shapes of shiplap cladding and tongue and groove cladding are quite different. Shiplap features grooves cut into each board that nestles into the groove of the adjacent board. Not all shiplap has a curved edge like the one in the photo, but the curve helps to illustrate the shape of the board.

The shape of shiplap boards allows them to be space perfectly and prevents water from leaking through. This is why they’ve been a popular siding choice for years.

On the other hand, tongue and groove panelling features exactly what its name suggests. One end of the board has a groove in the middle of it, while the other has a tongue that fits into the groove. This shape may look familiar to you if you’ve ever installed hardwood or laminate flooring. The tongue and groove match up to strengthen the flooring or wall panelling.

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How Can You Use Shiplap in Your Home?

By now, you’re probably wondering about how you can incorporate shiplap into your home. We’re sharing our favourite examples of shiplap in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and even laundry rooms, so keep reading! We’ve also found beautiful examples of shiplap on the exterior of homes and sheds if you’re looking for something a bit more traditional.

Shiplap in Your Kitchen

Wooden Open Shelving

We love the look of this kitchen! The contrast between the wooden open shelving, marble countertop, and light green cabinets is fabulous. The shiplap has a clean but rustic finish that carries through to the ceiling and ties the whole room together. We suspect this kitchen might be home to a frequent entertainer, as there are two sinks and two dishwashers in the photo. How posh!

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Industrial Chic

If your home decor style is more industrial than farmhouse, this kitchen is probably right up your alley. The painted black wooden cladding makes it look like the kitchen’s upper cabinets continue across the wall. The beautiful stone countertop that bleeds into the backsplash brings an extremely high-end look to the whole room. To recreate this look, you’d need to hire a professional to handle and install the heavy stone.

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Butler’s Pantry

This butler’s pantry uses shiplap to create a cohesive look throughout the entire room. The cladding flows from the kitchen’s lower cabinets to the wall behind the pantry and the rest of the walls in the room. We love how the colour palette almost makes the upper cabinets blend into the shiplap on the wall.

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Bring the Beach Inside

Would you like to emulate a tropical beach in your galley kitchen? If you would, we bet you’ll love this kitchen. It features white cabinets and open shelving that blend into white rustic shiplap. The grey hardwood floors bring an extra bit of beachiness to this beautiful kitchen. Plus, the bunch of bananas and flamingo painting don’t hurt.

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Shiplap in Your Bathroom

Upcycling Vintage Furniture

Have you recently picked up a beautiful piece of vintage furniture at the charity shop? If you’re not sure what to do with it, why not upcycle it and use it as a vanity in your powder room? We love the look of this whitewashed wood vanity that’s been paired with white shiplap and beautiful tile flooring.

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Natural Wood and Cement Tiles

This modern home features floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the exterior cladding to carry on to the inside of the home. In the bathroom, the wooden cladding is paired with cement tiles and a beautiful white ceramic bathtub. The simple design of this bathroom packs a huge punch of style.

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Paint it Black

If you’re more into vintage glamour, the combination of gold or brass hardware and black paint probably sounds pretty good to you. This classy bathroom features a vanity that looks like a vintage piece of furniture, a marble countertop, and black shiplap cladding. The design is simple and elegant and is sure to impress any of your guests.

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Use All the Space You Have

Many homes in the UK feature sloped ceilings like those in this photo. If your bathroom is tucked away like this bathroom, consider utilising all the space you have! After all, space is at a premium in the housing market. You can paint any exposed beams you have and install vintage shiplap to the ceiling and walls to bring flair to your space. We love that this bathroom has natural wood flooring and a beautiful vintage rug.

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Shiplap in Your Living Room

Reclaimed Natural Wood

This living room has a real farmhouse (but still contemporary) feel due to the reclaimed natural wood cladding on the wall. The salvaged coffee table compliments the wooden wall perfectly, and the wire accents and stone archway bring the whole look together.

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Scandinavian Living

Are you more of a fan of Scandinavian design? We don’t blame you, it’s so simple and beautiful. Plus, it looks great in any home. This living room features simple white shiplap cladding and whitewashed wood floors. The white sofa and midcentury console table bring a great aesthetic to the room.

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Shiplap in Your Bedroom

Rustic Glam

We love the way this black bed frame looks against the light blue shiplap wall. The combination of colours and textures in this bedroom come together to create the perfect rustic glam look. The chandelier really enhances the look, too.

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Modernise Your Farmhouse Bedroom

If you already have shiplap in your home but want to update your bedroom a bit, consider painting the cladding black. Paired with the brass and glass side table and hanging Edison bulb, we think that this bedroom looks like a dream! The mismatched duvet and pillows bring a touch of whimsy and uniqueness to the bedroom, as well.

Shiplap on the Exterior of Your Home

Switch It up a Bit

If uniform panels of cladding is a bit too simple for you, this wall is likely what you’re looking for. This modern house features different sizes of shiplap panelling in different finishes. The resulting look is unique and perfect for those with a discerning eye.

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Use Different Colours

This home features two different colours of shiplap panelling that come together to create a modern aesthetic. The metal planters on the patio bring a bit of an industrial feel to the home, but that could be easily changed by using a different style of planter.

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Ideas for Shiplap Sheds

Hide Those Wheelie Bins

Is the unsightly look of your wheelie bins driving you crazy? They’re not the best things to look at, so we wouldn’t be surprised. If you want to tuck them away and make your garden look a bit better, consider building a wheelie bin storage unit. This beautiful unit allows you to push your wheelie bins into their new home and lets you throw rubbish through the opening above the door. Just remember to close the lid of the bins each night to avoid pesky rodents!

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Work It Out

If you don’t have room in your home for fitness equipment but don’t want to trek to the gym each time you workout, why not build a backyard fitness centre? This shed features shiplap timber cladding and a full folding door that will allow you to enjoy the beautiful weather and fresh air while you’re exercising.

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