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Best Shiplap Bathroom Wall Designs & Ideas
Shiplap bathroom walls have taken the design scene by storm in the past five years. Shiplap creates the classic rustic look that is well-loved by designers and home DIYers alike. And the best part? Shiplap is affordable and easy to install!
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Aside from low cost and simple installation, shiplap has become a popular bathroom decor element due to its bright, revitalizing look. While white shiplap is the most common, you may also opt to paint it a different hue to fit your bathroom style.
If you're searching for shiplap bathroom design inspiration, we’re sharing 8 beautiful ideas to inspire your shiplap wall treatment.
But before we dive in, let's talk about the details of shiplap.
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What is Shiplap?
Originally, shiplap (wooden board) was used as an exterior siding for construction purposes. It was typically used on outdoor buildings, sheds and barns.
With shiplap wood, you can join two flat pieces firmly to make one flat surface, leaving a recessed channel between the boards. This tongue and groove method gives your wall a beautiful beachy theme and rustic appearance. However, the ultimate result depends on the type of shiplap installation (half or full), the board type, and the colors used.
As a result of the striking look it offers, shiplap has become a popular bathroom decor element nationwide. Although you can use shiplap in any room, it is most common in kitchens and bathrooms.
For example, this beautiful bathroom features a wood shiplap wall complemented by modern cabinetry, a hinged shower door, and gray countertops.
Alternatively, if you want to install shiplap and don't want it to cover the entire wall, you can use it to create an accent wall. With this, you can add some drama and visual energy to your bathroom without committing 100% of your wall space.
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Full Wall Shiplap Bathroom
Covering your entire bathroom wall with shiplap will help transform your bathroom completely and give it a brand new look. This option is most popular in rustic and farmhouse bathroom designs.
With a full installation, you will feel like you’re walking into a beach home or cozy cabin any time you step into your bathroom.
This bathroom gives off a charming country vibe with recessed-panel cabinets, white countertops and shiplap boards on the walls. The wide shiplap boards make the bathroom appear bright and expansive, complemented by the perfect mix of natural and artificial lighting.
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Half Wall Shiplap Bathroom
Want to give your bathroom an easy shiplap makeover? You can do so without covering the entire wall (and your bathroom will still look brand new)!
If you're on a budget or lack space, you can use shiplap as an accent wall. Simply choose the wall that you want to highlight and measure the space for installation. When choosing the right wall, make sure the area you pick won't get too wet. You want to ensure that your shiplap will last as long as possible!
Painted Shiplap Bathroom Wall
Although the most common color choice for shiplap boards is white, you can choose any color you’d like. We always encourage our customers to play around with colors and find a tone that suits their unique space and personality. For example, take a look at the vibrant shiplap bathroom below.
The navy blue shiplap brings a gorgeous coastal look to this bathroom remodel. The dark wood cabinets, drop-in sink, and elaborate textures add to the luxurious feel. This shiplap bathroom proves that sometimes, a splash of color is needed to add the right amount of character.
White Shiplap Bathroom
If colored shiplap isn’t your thing, opt for white. White is not only striking and timeless, it also matches most bathroom fixtures. Painting your shiplap board white will create a classic rustic look that makes other features of your bathroom stand out.
In this bathroom, the white shiplap boards accentuate the freestanding bath and provide contrast against the tile flooring. This look is perfect for a modern farmhouse bathroom.
Want to take your shiplap to the ceiling? No problem!
You can use shiplap to cover up marred ceilings or dirty walls since you can install it on most surfaces. Installing bright white shiplap to a bathroom ceiling will make the space appear much larger. To really set your bathroom apart, attach a chandelier for an elegant finish.
Powder Room Shiplap
Shiplapping a big space might be daunting, especially for new DIYers. If you aren’t ready to tackle a large shiplap project, you can start small by shiplapping a powder room.
To start, choose colors that match your decor theme. You can use colors like blue or light green to incorporate a beachy theme.
This small bathroom design is a great example of how shiplap can brighten up an outdated, dark space.
Wallpaper and Shiplap Wall Bathroom
Wallpaper can be an easy and inexpensive way to add a fun pattern to a drab bathroom.
Instead of wallpapering the entire bathroom, try using shiplap to balance out the design. This often looks best when the shiplap is used for the bottom half of the wall and wallpaper is used on top.
This bathroom is bright and stylish with a combination of blue floral wallpaper and shiplap boards. From the Ornate claw-foot bathtub to the white cabinets and shiplap board, the striking combination of various patterns creates an atmosphere that's both relaxing and charismatic.
How to Install Shiplap Boards
Installing shiplap boards may seem challenging, but it’s actually fairly simple. All you need to do is cut the boards, secure them to your walls, and then coat. Here is a step by step guide to help you make the process easy.
1. Spray the Board With a Primer
Priming will seal any joint in the wood, which is important if you want to coat it with white paint.
2. Paint the Wood
It is best to paint the wood before installation. This will help cover areas that might be difficult to get to after you install. Painting at this stage doesn’t need to be perfect. You can use semi-gloss paint to make cleaning the walls easy.
3. Fix the Baseboard
Since shiplap is quite thin, most DIYers opt to use normal baseboards. But if you want a modern look, you can use 1×4 shiplap boards instead.
4. Mark the Studs
Put a mark on the studs to know the exact points to nail the shiplap.
5. Begin from the Ceiling
The eye generally goes from the top of a room to the bottom. Start nailing in the boards from the ceiling to ensure they are fastened straight.
6. Space the Shiplap Uniformly
Use 16-penny nails as a spacer between the shiplap. Make sure the rows are spaced evenly as you install the boards.
7. Cut Holes for Wall Lights
With a hole saw, cut holes for wall-mount faucets and other plumbing needs. For wall lights and outlets, use a jigsaw.
8. Stagger the Shiplap
For a wide wall (9ft or more), you will need to stagger the boards. You can also cut the shiplap so it stops at the stud.
9. Seal the Nail Holes
Use caulk to cover open areas around the windows and walls. Next, fill any wood knots and nail holes using wood filler.
Gently sand the shiplapped walls.
Use an exterior and interior primer on the walls. You can also use a brush to cover cracks on the wall.
12. Paint Again
Now for the final step …the last coat of paint! As stated earlier, use a semi-gloss paint so you can remove dirt easily.
Choosing the Right Cabinets Your Bathroom
If you’re remodeling your entire bathroom, you may also be thinking about bathroom cabinets. Keeping the bathroom arranged and tidy without proper storage can be a challenge. It’s important that the bathroom has ample space to store everything from toiletries and towels to medicines and cleaning products.
To make most of the space you have, we recommend installing ready-to-assemble (RTA) bathroom cabinets. RTA cabinets allow you to create a custom bathroom solution for half the cost!
Ready-To-Assemble Bathroom Cabinets
There are several cabinet styles that pair well with a shiplap bathroom. Cabinets are an important purchase, so make sure you do your research and order a free sample before making a final decision.
You can never go wrong with white shaker, as this is a timeless design that will never go out of style. For a darker look, try a grey shaker cabinet. To add rustic charm to your bathroom, opt for an antique cabinet style with fine detailing.
Pictured: Colorado White Shaker cabinets
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