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Non Farmhouse Shiplap Paneling

02.01.17

non farmhouse shiplap paneling

Joana Gaines has done an incredible thing.  Not only has she made shiplap paneling relevant, but she also made a lot of people cringe at the thought of it simply because it  forcefully became THE THING TO DO in a short period of time.  Because of that, a lot of people used it in their home and as a result of that, many people roll their eyes at the thought of shiplap.  This is not because farmhouse decor is anything less than beautiful.  It’s simply because farmhouse decor took the decorating world by storm and people are tired of seeing it.  People who don’t identify with farmhouse decor are ready to see something new.

But hold up…………. I actually love shiplap used in a non farmhouse way.  I’m calling it “non farmhouse shiplap paneling” until I find a better term.  I’ve also noticed myself calling it “paneling” rather than shiplap. LOL…..

Back to why shiplap is great.  It adds an incredible texture.  It adds so much depth.  It just adds SO much.  I know you’re dying to see those examples of shiplap used in a way that feels very far from farmhouse.  Here they are.

Shiplap that feels Neo-Traditional:

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A space that feels neo-traditional is my favorite way to see shiplap because it’s so so unexpected.  It looks original (even if it’s not) and just adds so much more depth to these spaces.

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Might be one of my favorite images ever.

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Shiplap that feels Fresh & Modern:

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The lines in this space feel so clean and fresh.  Plus I see mid century style chairs in the corner, so I know there is no farmhouse to be found in this space.

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Love a space with floor to ceiling white paneling.

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The shiplap here takes this sophisticated space to the next level.

Shiplap that feels collected & unique:

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Another one of my favorite images. So cozy and collected.

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This space certainly doesn’t need the shiplap as it has so many elements that make it great, but the wall paneling does make it that much better…..

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I would consider this bath “modern farmhouse” (what Studio McGee does best).

Shiplap that feels bold:

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Give me all the green painted shiplap…… So incredible here.

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So….. did I make my case?  Can shiplap be used in a non farmhouse way?  I sure hope so because it’s being installed on our living room ceiling today……. We opted for that instead of having the popcorn scraped there.  I think it will be nice with the beams and vaulted ceiling that are already there.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this – farmhouse lover or not, how do you feel about shiplap?

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22 comments on “Non Farmhouse Shiplap Paneling”

    1. Hey Kimberly! That is a great article with a nice argument against (& for) shiplap. I agree that it should be placed intentionally.

      No need to be sorry on being over JG — Her style is not what I love, but I do appreciate what she does! Thanks for weighing in, really appreciate your thoughts!

  1. These are all such great examples. I have paneling in my home, similar to some of these, and it amazes me how far from farmhouse my house feels even with them. This just proves that it is all about how you decorate your space. You may use the same technique and that is wildly popular in one niche, but once you add your personal touch it will speak another language. Thanks Claire for sharing.

  2. Lots of great images! And your ceiling will look great! It’s funny because I don’t think of shiplap as “farmhouse” even though it has become the poster child for the style. I grew up spending every Summer with family in Charleston SC. I stayed in family beachhouses with what I called, as a child, ‘board walls.” The hand me down furniture was draped with white slipcovers and family antiques that were banged up or there wasn’t room for them at home furnished the beachhouses. I think of shiplap and white slipcovers mixed with thrift finds as coastal and lowcountry. Can’t wait to see your new home evolve and use design elements in fresh ways!

  3. I was just pondering this very notion last night! Been thinking of using paneling on a wall in our living room…. just need enough other modern elements to keep it fresh in our bungalow, not farmhouse! Thanks for so much inspiration, great post.

  4. I am going to have my master bath redone this year, after 18 years of cultured marble it is time. I love the shiplap, I have looked at pictures for over a year and I still love it. I’m going to do this for me, that’s what we all should do, lol.. Good luck with your project, looking forward to seeing it and thanks for the pictures. Great ideas.

  5. Totally!!! Great images and lots of inspiration here. Shiplap doesn’t have to be farmhouse, as style which is definitely not my jam. I’m doing dark green shiplap in our foyer closet for ORC this spring. Can’t wait!

  6. Would love to know what kind of paint, sheen wise, you would suggest for a less farmhouse style shiplap. I was thinking nothing too high gloss but more egg shell vs. a matte since I will be putting it up in a nursery.

  7. I like this post. Farmhouse is not my style, but I do like shiplap. I just think its overdone (as you said). HOWEVER, I am a big fan of the dark colored (preferably black) shiplap. It feels very sleek and modern to me instead of farmhouse-y. It feels fresh rather than overdone….for now 🙂 We just redid our mudroom and it does have a modern farmhouse flair, but nothing rustic. The chipped paint look makes my skin crawl. It just feels dirty and old and like a lead paint nightmare. Check out our take on modern farmhouse

    http://www.ourcorneroftheworldblog.com/the-official-mudroom-reveal/

  8. I love shiplap, but not farmhouse. All your pictures in this post are lovely! I don’t think shiplap equals farmhouse. I’m sure your house will look amazing, you do excellent work. Love your style.

  9. What a great post! I totally agree, as I have been having this conversation lately with several friends. JG is great and has really created a wonderful business, but “shiplap” has been around FOREVER and (in many ways) looking very modern. It was just referred to more as paneling or batten board, but she has popularized the term ‘shiplap’ ad nauseam. If I see another all white farmhouse room in my Instagram feed, I’m gonna lose it! This paneling is wonderful for adding architectural interest to a space, and you showed some wonderful photos of it. Thank you!

  10. Love the look, especially in all of these lovely photos!! But I visited a friend who shiplapped all of her walls in her kitchen and living areas. By the end of the evening, I was going bonkers. Much too stimulating for me! Who’d of thunk it! The lines had me spinning around the room like a skating rink. So I agree, in small doses, Yes!; entire rooms, No!

  11. I love the examples you showed. I have it on the ceiling of one of my rooms (what I call my music room), and my style is nothing resembling farmhouse style. I also plan to use it on a wall in my entryway, as well as my hallway, but still nothing “farmhouse” about it. I just like it for the texture, and I love stripes in any way I can get them. I certainly don’t think shiplap has to be restricted to farmhouse style. I do wish we could find another name for it, though. I’m not over the look, but I’m SO OVER hearing and reading the word “shiplap” a hundred times a week.

    1. Oh, I forgot! I also have stained “shiplap” on the ceiling of my bathroom. That one is my favorite, and the stained shiplap is what I plan on using in my entryway and hallway. The music room ceiling is painted which, which I like also. But still not farmhouse. 😀

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