IS THE SHIPLAP TREND HERE TO STAY OR FADE AWAY? / by Keith Moehle

We all know that Joanna Gains has made shiplap a trendy design. But is this new trend just a fad or is it here to stay?

There's no denying the increasing popularity of shiplap. It's neutral, it's simple, and it makes for a timeless design. Almost every design show or article mentions how joanna Gains put shiplap on the map. However, shiplap has been used since way before Joanna Gains made it famous.

From a historical viewpoint, shiplap is nothing new. Its original purpose was to be used as a protective material on the exterior walls of barns, shacks, sheds, homes, and rustic structures. On older homes, shiplap was used on the exterior of the actual frame of a house underneath the siding. Shiplap became a massive hit in the '90s in cape cod beach style homes.

Nowadays, shiplap is excellent for a farmhouse, country cottage, coastal cabin designs. Some might say that shiplap can potentially limit design options, but there are so many versatile ways you can make shiplap work it today's design trends. You can make it rustic, quaint, nautical, or comfy to fit any design.

Shiplap is a less formal way to add interest to a wall while giving your home timeless yet simple design. Shiplap is gorgeous to look at and gives your walls a soft, simple texture. If designed the right way, shiplap can be a beautiful complement to any home. You can limit shiplap to one wall and use it as an accent wall in your home. Or you can also create a specific room in your home to showcase your beautiful shiplap design.

While shiplap may seem like a fad today, we believe it's here to stay. So if you're looking to add shiplap to your next remodeling project, give us a call at 210-680-5626.

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