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Geek out on design with Heather!

Shiplap or Ship Out!

Happy Thursday! They say you learn something new every day so let me help you get a jump start on todays lesson: always be on the lookout for an opportunity to add a design element in a place that might otherwise be overlooked. Wether it’s lighting (me being the #1 fan of good lighting), wallpaper, shelving, etc., when you add unexpected dimension to a space, the rest of the design can actually come together quicker and easier because the wow factor is there.

And what’s one great way to add dimension in your home? Shiplap. Unless you’ve been on a desert island for the past five years you’ve probably heard about shiplap. The resurgence hit an all-time Beatles-ish high when the famed Fixer Upper stars Chip & Joanna Gaines started bringing back the original character to a lot of the Texas home they restored by ripping off the old drywall to reveal original shiplap boards. And lo and behold, the world was woke to shiplap.

But, what is shiplap anyway? Shiplap is a kind of wooden board that is often used for constructing sheds, barns, and other rustic buildings. According to Wikipedia, “each board has a rabbet which allows the boards to overlap. The profile of each board partially overlaps that of the board next to it creating a channel that gives shadow line effects, provides excellent weather protection and allows for dimensional movement.” And according to me, it just looks cool.

Exhibit A: Shiplap board

 

 

 

The fun thing about shiplap is that it can be used just about anywhere in your home. Interior siding, exterior siding, ceilings……what have you. In fact, Studio McGee has already written a fabulous and informative article on this very subject. I’ve put together a collection of inspirational photos to show you how much more interesting a room can be with that one added design element. (In truth, some of these spaces might have tongue & groove, rather than shiplap. Super sorry, don’t sue.)

Enjoy!

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Shiplap or ship out!

cheers,
Heather