Find the ultimate kitchen renovation inspiration with these Top 20 Shiplap Kitchen Designs – plus budget tips – that will transform your kitchen on a dime!
Thanks to Joanna Gaines and the popularity of farmhouse style decor, shiplap has taken over the design community in recent years.
The perfect combination of rustic and modern, shiplap looks great in any home and design scheme.
Below, I’ll explain what shiplap is and how you can get the look for less, so you can transform your kitchen decor, even on a tight budget!
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Shiplap is a type of board traditionally used to construct homes, sheds, barns, and other rustic buildings by the sea to protect them from moisture.
Shiplap boards are joined with an overlapping “rabbet” joint, which usually has a small 90-degree angled gap between each board.
The interlocking rabbet joint is what makes shiplap so watertight and strong.
Shiplap is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity due to its functionality, versatility, and farmhouse look, and it’s showing no signs of going out of style anytime soon.
Photo Credit: Remodelista
While shiplap can give your home a rustic, down home, country feel, real shiplap is surprisingly expensive.
According to Home Advisor, shiplap wood prices range from $2.50 to $7.00 a square foot for real wood, and homeowners typically spend $500 to $1500 for one room.
That’s more expensive than drywall!
If you wanted to outfit your entire home in shiplap, that will really add up fast!
So what can you do if you’re renovating your home on a budget?
Thankfully, DIY bloggers have come to the rescue with DIY faux shiplap, which is much cheaper than the real thing and looks exactly the same!
Shiplap, faux or real, will instantly transform any space you add it in. Whether its one accent wall or the entire room, it will immediately bring added interest to your space.
This method is what I used to remodel my home, and I love the look and the money I saved doing the project myself.
There are a few different ways to fashion your own faux shiplap boards, but my favorite is using 1/4 inch plywood.
It’s thicker than RevolutionPly, which I’ve seen a couple bloggers recommend, yet costs around the same or even a little less and looks more like real shiplap.
Plus, if you shop at places like Lowe’s or Home Depot that offer wood cutting, they can cut the plywood into boards for you!
I had the guys at Lowe’s cut my plywood sheets into 6 inch boards, then I used a jigsaw to cut the length of the boards as I did the project. It was so easy!
Here’s a couple great tutorials:
So let’s get started. If you love shiplap as much as I do, you might be thinking about remodeling your kitchen with shiplap.
And that’s a great idea! Few design elements can capture that coveted rustic contemporary aesthetic that is so incredibly popular right now.
Here are my Top 20 Favorite Shiplap Kitchen Designs (in no particular order because I love them all) to serve as decor inspiration for your own home.
I don’t typically like white walls, but with shiplap, I love it!
Horizontal shiplap makes small spaces feel larger, as your eyes get drawn throughout the room, and white paint adds to that expansive feeling.
I painted my kitchen all white, which really surprised me, since my tastes up to now have been all about color.
The nice thing about painting a space in neutral colors is that you can really go crazy on accessories like colorful towels, appliances, cookware, dishware, and more.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Lagnappe
White cabinets are a mainstay of farmhouse decor, but painting your cabinets an eye-catching color can add warmth to your kitchen decor.
Keep walls white and neutral, then paint cabinets for an unexpected pop of color.
Since shiplap is kind of difficult to paint because of all the grooves, I like to keep it a neutral color (white is the most popular color for shiplap).
Then, if I feel like I want to try something new in the future, I’ll change the colors of other design elements, such as cabinets, linens (e.g. dish towels, aprons, oven mitts…), curtains, etc., which is so much easier.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: American Farmhouse Style
Add shiplap to your kitchen backsplash to get the look without renovating the entire room.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: The Inspired Room
Shiplap doesn’t need to be painted. A stain treatment offers a more natural, rustic look.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Fox Hollow Cottage
These natural shiplap kitchen designs are perfect for the homeowner who likes clean, contemporary styles or wants a more masculine feel.
While properly installed floating shelves will stay in place just as well as shelves with brackets, you may still not feel comfortable with this look.
In that case, you can use antique-look brackets like these for a similar look and added peace of mind.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Design Indulgence
Photo Credit + Inspiration: The Inspired Room
Another way to add a touch of shiplap kitchen charm is by installing it in unexpected places like an island or on cabinet ends.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Charlotte’s Happy Home
Shiplap gives a weathered, antique look to this dining hutch.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: via Instagram
With shiplap, your oven hood can finally look like a beautiful design piece in its own right, instead of a strictly utilitarian necessity.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Pinterest
This shiplap oven hood has a basic, rectangular silhouette for a more contemporary look.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Ten June
While shiplap is typically installed horizontally, hanging it vertically can make a small room feel a lot bigger, as the eye is drawn up toward the ceiling.
This can be a beneficial design choice for both small rooms and low ceilings.
Horizontal shiplap also makes rooms seem bigger, but vertical shiplap does even more, which may explain why the small space in the picture below still looks great in a darker paint color.
This shiplap kitchen design also proves that shiplap looks great in any color – not just traditional white.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: UFP-EDGE
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Royal Building Products
Due to its widespread use in coastal towns, shiplap can give your space a seaside feel that blends seamlessly with farmhouse style.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Sand + Sisal
This coastal design is a little more understated, but still has a clear beachy theme with the nautical inspired lights, rattan stools, and tropical plants.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Southern Living
Navy blue cabinets not only give this shiplap kitchen a crisp and clean look, it is also another way to add a seaside element to the design.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Salt Design Company
A small eating cubby is the perfect place for a cozy handmade breakfast nook complete with shiplap ends on each bench.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: edb designs
Even the pantry can get a gorgeous farmhouse makeover with this simple shiplap kitchen design!
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Little Glass Jar
This rustic U-shaped island acts as a focal point, or centerpiece, for the entire kitchen and guides the rest of the decor.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Kindermade via Instagram
While most of the design ideas on this list look fresh and new, you might want your farmhouse decor to have a more old and rustic appearance.
You can achieve an old farmhouse vibe by using matte and flat paints that make the finish appear like the shine has worn off over time.
The only problem with matte and flat paints is that they’re not usually easy to clean, since scrubbing will easily remove the finish.
Some manufacturers, including Behr, Sherman Williams, and Benjamin Moore make scrubbable versions for easier cleaning, but even these aren’t as cleanable as shinier paints.
If you’re worried about being able to clean the wall, such as in a kitchen or bathroom, you can use satin paint, which has a little bit of shine but not as much as semi-gloss or gloss.
Another way to give paint that old, worn look is to use sandpaper to lightly scrape away paint from corners.
Photo Credit + Design Inspiration: Fröken Knopp
A tall, shiplap covered ceiling and large wood beams lend a grand, breathtaking effect to this simple kitchen design.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Beverage Building?
Shiplap is the ultimate farmhouse style look for any home. Transform your home on a dime with these Top 20 Shiplap Kitchen Decor Ideas and Must-Know Budget Tips!
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