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:
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.
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.
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.
Author:TJ Anderson Phone: 615-364-1530 Dated: January 4th 2016 Views: 4,884 About TJ: TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a h...
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