Shiplap needs not to stay confined to the farmhouse interiors anymore. With its beautiful and simplistic texture and a not-too-loud presence in any room, the shiplap design is versatile. A perfect fit-in for any interior style whatsoever, vintage to modern!
But shiplap needs not be confined to just the walls either. Taking it a little bit upward to your ceilings will save you years of regrets and second thoughts when you’ll see it raging through every modern home and not yours!
Save yourself from the ugly emotions that’ll follow if you don’t shiplap your ceiling! These shiplap ceiling ideas are all for your smiles and satisfaction in the future! Take a look and you’ll agree.
Stained Shiplap Is The Way To Go!
Simple shiplap is for interiors when you don’t want to draw a lot of eyeballs toward your ceiling, but when you are putting so much effort, then why not?
The stained shiplap is contemporary and adds a very awe-inspiring design to any space you add it to. Your dining room ceiling like this one is a good place to start so every day you step in, you’re proud of yourself! Use the same color for your dining table as your shiplap ceiling to tie the design together.
Simple, Clean, And White
A home office is not a place where you can play around with a lot of colors, designs, and textures. It can be very distracting. But adding some mood to the space is still integral, right? Or it’ll become too bland.
Exactly like this home office, try using a subtle and simple shiplap ceiling and pair it with white walls and a few neutral accents here and there. The space will look bright and cheerful without being too distracting or glam!
Use Wooden Beams For visual Interest
If a simple shiplap ceiling design is not something you are attracted to, then adding some wooden beams to your ceiling is a no-brainer.
Dark wooden beams can add a color contrast against white and create the perfect focal point for your shiplap space. For example, you can try a beam design like this kitchen that uses it in a brown tone or try darker if you would.
Add Some Interest To The Nursery
Designing a nursery is a fun game! But since you can’t irritate the eyes of your little one with bright colors, adding some interest with a shiplap ceiling is something you can count on.
Like this kids’ nursery, consider using shiplap all over your ceiling, straight or vaulted. Add some pastel tones around, to top it off and tada, there is a nursery that even you’d want to stay in, all the time!
Use Shiplap Vertically
It’s no rule that you need to use shiplap in only a horizontal pattern. Use them vertically like the shiplap ceiling in this sunroom. This way, you can create the illusion of more height in this space and magnify the roof design.
Also, never give second thoughts when you wish to add a glam chandelier or pendant light to your shiplap ceilings. They only make the space look more stunning.
Keep It Neutral
Since the shiplap design is most renowned for its simplicity ad effortlessness, keep the simplicity intact by using minimal designs and neutral tones.
For example, you can use some gray, brown, and black accents on a white backdrop to not let anything take a lot of attention and not look so boring either. Let a lot of natural light in to keep the airiness intact.
Add The Glam Navy
Sorry to the simple shiplap lovers but sometimes, you can also add a touch of glam to your otherwise simple home with vibrantly colored shiplap wall panels.
Just like this contemporary bathroom design, try a navy accent wall in a shiplap design or just color block it. Add some marble and gold accents to not let this look slip away!
Add Shiplap For Your Vaulted Ceiling
Using the shiplap design for a vaulted ceiling is seriously the most popular way to make your not-so-typical ceiling look way better and modern.
And just like this bedroom with a slanted ceiling, adding shiplap horizontally can give your room the illusion of more space that a slanted ceiling often mars. Another great way to add an illusion of more height to such space is by using a shiplap vertically.
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Dark Tones For High Ceilings
If you have a too-high ceiling in your home that you want to somehow treat, then using a dark-tones shiplap, or shiplap wall panel can help.
This bedroom with a gray shiplap ceiling has an exceptionally high ceiling but the relatively dark tone contributes to the visual contrast and makes it look more or less lower. Note that you keep your walls a little lighter than your ceiling or it’ll give an otherwise effect.
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Leave No Wall Un-Shiplapped
This shiplap bedroom idea is definitely for the die-hard shiplap lovers who wish to see, eat and drink the shiplap design all the time.
This bedroom is just the right inspo and maybe the right sign for you to get the nail and hammer out of the toolbox (or the contactor out of his office) and start shiplapping your entire bedroom from your walls to the ceiling to the floor.
Use Shiplap To Make The Room Larger Than It Is!
As shiplap AKA the tongue and groove design takes the eye from left to right, it is the best approach you’d ever take to make your room larger without doing any serious architectural renovations.
Use shiplap horizontally on your ceiling in case you want to make your room look wider and vertically if you want to give it more height. Not to forget, much like this dining room idea, add some pops of colors to let the blandness stay away.
Use Shiplap For Your Entryway
Although almost everything about the shiplap ceiling has been said already, when you have a narrow entryway, it really helps to add shiplap to your design. It adds an illusion of it being a little bit wider.
Pair your shiplap in the entryway with neutral tones and wooden beams to draw the attention of the visitors upwards and then, thank me later.
If Not White, Then Black
Using white shiplap in your home for your ceilings is the safest game you can play. But when your motive is to be bold and make a statement with a shiplap ceiling, then black is the color to look out for!
Like this minimalist entryway, give a chance to faux black shiplap for your ceiling or paint it with a high-sheen black paint. But remember to create some balance with enough white in your foyer or your visitors will go straight out upon entering!
Create The Coastal Charm!
Since a lot of shiplap spaces lean coastal, there is no reason to mar that beachy charm that shiplap naturally brings to any place it’s in.
This breakfast nook uses clean lines, subtle coastal colors, and natural wooden furnishings to magnify the style’s grace. Mimic the same or add a pop of color to add some personality!
Give It The Rustic Charm
These days, the faux shiplap or the shiplap wall panels are the most famous ways to bring the design to your spaces, effortlessly. But when you want the original charm, bringing in the original shiplap home is best!
Original wooden planks for your shiplap ceiling can help give a rustic flair to your space, that looks quite grounded and earthy. Consider accentuating some natural wood across your room to tie it together.
Give It The Cabincore Vibe!
Using natural or faux wooden shiplap for your ceiling can give a cozy cabin core vibe to your space like this cozy study room.
Throw in some indoor plants and let a lot of natural light into your room, besides some cozy fabrics. Add some more wood to let it lean more earthy or a wooden shiplap ceiling would do if you want to keep it contemporary. Either way, celebrate your cozy cabin room now!
It’s All About The Farmhouse Vibe Anyway!
We can’t afford to forget the farmhouse decor when talking about shiplap! The clean lines, the neutral, bright colors, ample natural lights, and the plants are all non-negotiables when you are creating a farmhouse aesthetic with a shiplap ceiling.
Pair your shiplap ceiling with the beige wooden beams to add some more color to your farmhouse space without making them steal the entire show!
Introduce The Herringbone Pattern
Since the herringbone pattern is the perfect way to organize your shiplap in a way that attracts everyone’s attention, why not experiment with it for your ceiling?
And to create a bold statement, go for bold colors like black or navy blue like this dining room so no one brings his head down upon entering your home!
Paint The Shiplap & Beams The Same Color
An out-of-the-box way to break the continuity of the shiplap pattern in your ceiling is by adding wooden beams to it in the same color. It won’t break the continuity of color but enough break to the texture that it doesn’t start looking too continuous.
And much like this black and white bedroom, use some black accents in the room decor to bring the overall design together.
Create The Chevron Pattern
Chevron is the pattern where the planks meet to create a zigzag pattern. It is much like herringbone but uses smaller planks to create continuous zigzag, unlike herringbone.
Chevron is a great way to add some interest to your ceiling with the shiplap planks. This isn’t a traditional way to use shiplap in your space but pretty effective to create a focal point in your space. Use stained wooden shiplap to create a rustic flair or faux shiplap panels for a more contemporary vibe.
Don’t Forget The Laundry Room
The laundry room is oftentimes the most simple room in the house. But add some interest to this utilitarian room by adding a shiplap ceiling that won’t interfere with your chores like the other decor and designs sometimes might.
And like this laundry room idea, use shiplap across your entire laundry room. It’ll give it a coastal vibe and won’t interfere with the functionality of laundry room shelving.
Is shiplap on the ceiling a good idea?
Yes, using shiplap on the ceiling is good since it doesn’t make your ceiling look as plain as the typical painted ones can and doesn’t let it take all the attention away from the rest of your room decor. It is quite balanced.
What material is used for the shiplap ceiling?
There are a lot of materials that you can use for shiplap, from plywood, and plastic wall panels, to traditional wooden boards. The faux shiplap gives a somewhat modern vibe to the space and the traditional wooden planks give off a rustic flair.
How much does it cost to shiplap a ceiling?
The average cost to shiplap a ceiling is $1000. But it can range anywhere between $500 to $1800. It is usually $3 to $8 per square foot.
Is shiplap waterproof?
Since the traditional shiplap is wood, it’s not waterproof. But if you are using the faux shiplap wall panels, they are more often than not, waterproof.
But it’s a friendly piece of advice that you get your ceiling perfectly treated for leaks before you shiplap it because the shiplap won’t ever help that.
Does a shiplap ceiling make a room look bigger?
Yes, a horizontal shiplap takes the eye from left to right, giving the room an illusion of added width.
Whereas, vertical shiplap takes the eye from bottom to top giving the illusion of added height. Understandably, shiplap does help with making a room look bigger and higher. Just remember to use it in light color since dark colors will give an illusion of reduced space.