Sep 12, 2019 Custom Home Design

The Great Debate: Vertical vs. Horizontal Shiplap

Shiplap has evolved from simply a type of wooden board commonly used as exterior siding to a hallmark of modern farmhouse style made famous by Chip and Joanna Gaines. Whether painted or stained, shiplap has a clean look that lends character to both exterior and interior walls, or even ceilings. But, the big question is…which direction should it be installed? Vertically or horizontally? That is the great debate.

Let’s break down the benefits of each:

Horizontal shiplap in the Den of the Brentwood

Horizontal Shiplap

  • While vertical shiplap can make a room appear larger, horizontal shiplap can widen the look of a room.

  • Horizontal shiplap can look more modern than vertical shiplap.

  • Delivers that popular farmhouse style like no other.


Vertical Shiplap

Vertical shiplap in the Princeton II
  • Can make a room appear larger–vertical lines will help give the illusion that your ceilings are higher than they actually are.

  • Considered more of a vintage look, vertical shiplap can work well with rustic, period elements.

  • A shift from the widely popular horizontal shiplap, this delivers a look that is less trendy and more timeless.

Whether you choose vertical or horizontal, one trick to try is mixing up board sizes for an aged, architectural look. On the other end of the style spectrum, you can achieve a very modern look by using boards that are uniform in size and spaced evenly from one another. Take the sleekness up a notch by painting them a high-gloss color.

If you really can’t decide between the two, why not try a mash-up of both? You can use vertical in one room and horizontal in another. Or, use horizontal above a chair rail and vertical below it.

As with any interior design, sometimes it helps to see it in person to make up your mind. Here’s a list of model homes that feature shiplap:

Visit one of our model homes to solve the great shiplap debate, or contact us to ask your design questions and get started on your Wayne home.

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