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Popular shiplap creates timeless , classy look
Special to Nashville Tennessean USA TODAY NETWORK – TENNESSEE
Ever since Chip and Joanna Gaines renovated their first home for the popular HGTV show “ Fixer Upper ,” the term shiplap has become not only a household word , but a word put to good use in a lot of households .
Shiplap by definition is wooden boards with grooves cut in the top and bottom allowing the pieces to fit together that have been commonly used as exterior siding on houses , barns or sheds way before the Gaines ’ brought it to everyone ’ s attention as an interior accent . When used on the interior of a home , shiplap boards are usually painted or stained white and mounted horizontally with gaps in between , which can create a rustic look that adds some interest to a particular space .
While using shiplap to add some punch to an interior wall is nothing new , getting creative and putting it in different areas can still be a great way to accentuate without going overboard on a trend you probably don ’ t want on every wall in your home .
Nashville , Tennessee builder Tommy Harris of Team Builders , said using shiplap used to be something he used to do “ once in a while ,” but now it ’ s in almost every house he works on .
“ Shiplap is transcending being just a farmhouse trend and is this whole modern thing now ,” he said . “ We are remodeling a house in Franklin where we just used shiplap in the back of some builtins , on a wall in the butler ’ s pantry and a mudroom . Upstairs , we have shiplap behind every one of the bathroom vanities . It can be cool , elegant or modern and can mean different things in different places .”
Laura Hood is a commercial interior
In this kitchen by Tennessee Valley Homes , designers opted to use pops of shiplap on the range hood as well as the boxed-in refrigerator doors and framing . SHOWCASE PHOTOGRAPHERS
designer with STG Designs in Nashville and said shiplap is even being used commercially . She says it ’ s a timeless material .
“ We bring it into a space to create visual interest and warmth ,” she said . “ A tie in back to nature brings warmth and texture to a space . We see it as a feature wall , behind a reception desk and on ceilings .”
LCT Team – Parks Realtor Marabeth Poole used touches of shiplap in her personal home , built by Tennessee Valley Homes . She has shiplap throughout her family room and kitchen ceilings as well as her covered porch .
“ The back porch has a vaulted ceiling with an interesting , pickled finish ,”
Poole said . “ One of my favorite spots is the shiplap hood above my range . Shiplap is definitely popular , but it is a classic building element with a timeless feel .”
McClain Franks , broker for Tennessee Valley Homes and Battle Ground Realty said shiplap is such a diverse material that adds great texture to any project .
“ We have a lot of customers using it on fireplaces , islands , built-ins and hoods , as well as walls and ceilings . Shiplap is versatile as well in that it can bring a farmhouse feel to a space or painted black it can feel more modern .”
Cara Brock , of Cara Brock Interiors , works with Trace Construction on their
Realtor Marabeth Poole lives in a home with creative uses of shiplap throughout , including this range hood accented with the popular wood planks painted white and paired with wood , tile and even glass on the cabinet doors . MARABETH POOLE
new homes and says when done correctly , shiplap is a very tasteful way to add visual interest to pretty much any room .
“ Shiplap has been around forever , but designers and builders now are doing more creative things with it ,” Brock said .
“ I like to vary the sizes of it . Instead of all 1x6-sized boards , I ’ m using 4-inch boards or mixing 4- , 6- and 8-inch boards in a room . If you paint it white it has a Nantucket vibe to it . If you paint it dark it has a clean , more contemporary or modern type look .”
Although typically mounted horizontally , many designers are incorporating it vertically and in various shapes like diamond patterns , chevrons or squares .
“ I think it adds texture and visual interest ,” Brock added . “ It engages you . It makes you look at it .”
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