Shiplap Is A Home Design Trend With Staying Power

Dated: 01/04/2016

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by TJ Anderson

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You can probably blame Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper for the nationwide rise of shiplap as a design element in recent years — while renovating historic Texas homes, those two have made steady and beautiful use of a traditionally workmanlike material.  

Not already familiar? Shiplap’s roots are rustic, largely — you’d see it used in the construction of barns and sheds. Many older homes in certain parts of the country — like Texas — have it hiding underneath drywall, too, and that’s inspired more than a few of Chip and Joanna’s incredible home designs. (Joanna’s Pinterest is full of shiplappy inspiration, if you'd like to explore further.) 

More and more of late, builders and designers are installing shiplap in new construction to give their homes something special, and we’ve been seeing that a ton as Nashville’s building boom rolls forward. Personally, I’m a fan — it’s a really versatile design touch, that can be used sparingly or in big and bold ways. 

Feel like seeing that in action? Here are some homes on the market in Nashville now that have various (and very cool) shiplap applications:

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4017 Aberdeen Rd

Nashville, TN 37205


A huge new home in Cherokee Park (4,281 square feet, with 5 beds and 4 baths), this one uses a workhorse material in a workhorse space: a cladded mudroom with lots of seating and organizational aids. It adds style to a space that’s otherwise made mostly for function.

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409 A S 14th St.

Nashville, TN 37206


 You don’t have to cover a lot of surface area to make a big impact, as this new home in East Nashville shows — a kitchen island with some added texture, interest and cool.

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1218 Laurent St.

Nashville, TN 37206


A shiplap look for a kitchen backsplash in this East Nashville home — the weathered quality brings a little something extra, too, to tie this new construction to the historic neighborhood it lives in. 

Image title2405 A Elliott Ave.

Nashville, TN 37204


It’s a little bit hard to get the full effect in the photo, but this 12 South home takes the shiplap look to a really cool place, with an eye-grabbing pattern that makes the hallway pop.

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1606 A Essex Ave.

Nashville, TN 37216


Here, an accent wall in Inglewood that sets off the dining area in texture and in color. Open layouts are great (and still prized by buyers), but I (and plenty of buyers) really appreciate when a little extra attention is paid in the design to making different areas look distinct.

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2709 Hazelwood Dr.

Nashville, TN 37212


Not only does shiplap beautifully frame the fireplace in this Belmont/Hillsboro home, it takes a great room with a high ceiling and makes it feel more stylish, more complete and more cozy while still leaving the open, dynamic mood that comes with a soaring space.

What are your feelings — pro- or anti-shiplap? If it’s a design touch you love and you’re on the hunt for a new home, let us know — we can lead you toward some really cool properties.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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