See how you can apply this hot look in any space.

Shiplap may be overtaking subway tile as the wall accent everyone’s talking about. There’s just something about those clean, orderly boards that makes people swoon. Many credit Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” with popularizing the look, which they use to cover a variety of wall woes.

Since installing a shiplap accent wall is a DIY project you can accomplish in a weekend, you may even be tempted to give it a try yourself.

To get you inspired, here’s a look at how shiplap can work in every room.


Give visitors a warm welcome with wraparound shiplap.

Photo from Zillow listing


A sliding barn door and open shelving complement shiplap’s rustic appeal.

Photo from Zillow listing

Living room

Play up shiplap’s nautical side with crisp colors and wood accents.

Photo courtesy of Sea Island Builders

Powder room

In a small space, a single shiplap wall creates a big impact.

Photo from Zillow listing


A large shiplap accent wall adds visual interest so you can keep wall art to a minimum.

Photo from Zillow listing

Master bathroom

A spacious bathroom can feel cold, but it becomes cozier when wrapped in shiplap.

Photo from Zillow listing

Home office

Choosing a natural finish creates a rustic yet sophisticated spot for your more cerebral activities.

Photo courtesy of Decor Aid


No windows? No problem. Traditional white shiplap brightens up any below-ground space.

Photo from Zillow listing


Okay, not technically shiplap, but this organization system’s horizontal lines give you the same look, and tidiness to boot.

Photo from Zillow listing

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Cat Overman
Cat is editor of Zillow Porchlight.

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