Having completed more than 500 home building/remodeling projects in Central Florida, we've seen a lot of design trends come and go.
One of the latest home remodeling trends that clients have asked us about is shiplap siding used as an interior wall treatment. If you've perused through any recent home design magazines or browsed through Houzz, it's hard to miss this design feature.
Shiplap siding is certainly nothing new. This rough-sawn pine paneling was prevalent in the construction of old homes in New England, and with the re-emergence of shiplap siding in homes throughout the country, it seems to have made its way into American design forever.
What people seem to love so much about shiplap siding is that it can help to achieve that farmhouse look while also offering a nod to vintage style. Don't get us wrong though. Shiplap siding can also be a fantastic compliment to a contemporary space that offers very clean lines.
Typically, this siding is painted crisp white, but a more bold color choice can also work well on this material depending on where it is placed in the home. Even painting this wood a warm brown can create a traditional and classy "Southern Living" look.
While we've generally seen shiplap siding installed in mudrooms, kitchens, and dining rooms, this design feature is also starting to pop up in other rooms of the home as well, such as bathrooms, family rooms, entryways, and on fireplace surrounds.
Another emerging trend is to consider shiplap siding for the ceiling. Keep in mind, however, that using shiplap siding on the ceiling and walls of your home can create too much of a coastal vibe (we are in Central Florida, though). Shiplap siding used on the ceiling can really create an architectural point of interest when it flows into another room with decorative coffered ceilings, for example.
As you can imagine, there is a pretty price tag associated with shiplap siding. It's also best that you have someone that is experienced with shiplap siding to install it for you.
If you're interested in learning more about shiplap siding, we'll be happy to talk with you. We can also make you aware of other design trends to consider for your home remodeling project. Please contact us at Empire Custom Builders to learn more.