Shiplap is a fairly new concept that made interior headlines circa 2013. During a reality TV show that aired in the States, shiplap quickly became the new buzzword. Fixer Upper as the show was marketed soon became a source of inspiration for many homeowners who had access to the show and its power couple cast. Here Joanna Gaines and her husband who renovated homes all over America made the word shiplap as trendy as ever.
In South Africa, we refer to shiplap as a form of wall cladding. Shiplap wall cladding resembles wooden walls or surfaces and is made with any specifications in terms of size and style. It can be used for your home’s interiors and exteriors.
Shiplap offers a modern timber look and is a price-friendly pick-me-up for any space you are trying to renovate and up-style. It is an easy-to-install wall covering that can instantly change the entire look and feel of a room. From kitchens and bathrooms to guestrooms and studies, this style of wall cladding giving any room instant Instagram-ready status.
Don’t Jump Ship
Shiplap is very easy to install and you do not require a professional to do it for you. The joints mimic those of tongue and groove joints that make them easy to fit. You also get peel and stick options, making the application even easier. It is also lightweight and offers a wide variety of options from recreating wood to concrete, you can easily recreate any expensive wall coverings.
Shiplap is also low maintenance and makes cleaning a breeze. Its convenience is what makes this trend a favourite amongst many homeowners the world over. These shiplap wall coverings are also durable and can take a few good knocks from the household over time. They also essentially protect your walling. If your house ever goes on sale, it can also be easily removed by new owners who envision something else.
Ideas and Inspirations
Shiplap techniques have been used for thousands of years. It is its introduction to interiors that is a fairly new trend. According to The Finished Space “The earliest version of shiplap was found over 1,700 years ago on Viking ships! An ancient boat was found using overlapping planks around the outside of the boat to keep the water out. The technique used on this ship was called lapstrakes, but it was a precursor to what would become known as shiplap. The production of watertight, overlapping planks evolved to produce shiplap (i.e., boards that overlap at rabbeted edges to create a completely watertight fit)”.
Shiplap was successful in keeping the water out on ships and soon sheds and farmhouses were introduced to it. From there the trend moved to building’s exteriors and more recently it has made its way indoors.
Bathrooms, both large and small look attractive with shiplap wall coverings. Wooden styles of shiplap can easily give bathrooms a chic, cottage feel with a touch of country. In bathrooms, shiplap does wonders as an accent wall.
Create a beach-inspired bohemian look in your bedroom with shiplap cladding that ignites the inner shipmate in you. With a variety of colours available, choose soft aqua-inspired tones. From white and ivory to sky and moody blues, you can create a desert island-inspired oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday distractions.
Shiplap cladding in wooden or concrete type textures are a fresh look for modern kitchens. Cladding in your kitchen can be used as your oven backsplash, or under counters to create stylish surfaces. A shiplap accent wall also works great in a kitchen and is also a trendy substitute for subway tiles.
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Choosing the right window treatments for your home is a crucial part of your home’s final interior attraction. Each window treatment has its charms, and it also depends on your personal style and budget to finally decide on what timeless trend you want to incorporate. Every home calls for a different look – and sometimes some rooms also require a specific look and feel that may differ from the rest of your home. For example, shutters may work well in a study but drapes will be more appropriate in a bedroom. There are no rules and we share our favourite window treatment trends.
Roman Blinds and Roller Shades
Roman blinds are a timeless choice. The options here are endless. Choose fabrics and textiles that are good quality and long-lasting. The up and down of Roman blinds can cause wear-and-tear leaving you to replace them more often than not. This is the perfect option if a tailored window dressing look is your thing.
Roller shades are still as sleek-looking and contemporary as ever. Also sometimes known as solar shades, they are perfect for blocking out the sun. Some rooms can be very bright during the day and the option of keeping the room cooler and less overexposed by the sunlight can have a soothing effect on your space.
Solar shades, specifically, are made from an open weave material specifically designed to filter and manage solar heat gain, glare, and harmful UV rays. This will also help protect your furniture that may be exposed to harsh sunlight during the day.
Roller shades on the other hand are available in materials from light-filtering translucent fabrics, to more opaque room darkening fabrics for blackout shades. The shades also come in an array of colours, many more colour options than solar shades. Roller shades also have more textures and patterns.
Shutters are aesthetically pleasing and a great privacy solution – especially if you are able to afford the investment. Shutters are versatile and can be tailored to fit almost any window space. This allows for a custom fit you cannot match with store-bought blinds. Shutters are built to last for many years. The sturdiness of shutters means they’ll see many long years of use thanks to their high standard of design and installation.
Curtains and Drapes
The words curtains and drapes are often used interchangeably but they are different. Wayfair explains in detail “Curtains are sold in pairs or by panel, and are installed over blinds or shades. They hang from curtain rods, extend to the windowsill or floor, and are typically made from lighter fabrics, but can be room darkening or even blackout. Drapes are made from thicker fabrics and are lined to block out more light. They are also more formal in aesthetic and extend to, or even puddle at the floor”.
Curtains and drapes can look timeless and stylish if hung correctly and neatly. High-level curtains and drapes that touch the edge of your ceiling instantly make a room look bigger. One of the best ways to incorporate these treatments into your design scheme is to have them custom made for every room. Custom curtains offer a great selection of benefits, making them well worth the investment.
The convenience of being able to open and close our blinds while sitting on the couch is top standard. Technology allows this little luxury and High-tech touches with home automation are on the rise because of their convenience and safety. Cordless blinds and shades are quickly becoming standard not only aesthetically, but also for safety purposes. The cords of blinds have been a safety concern for parents and pet owners for many years.
Bedrooms are the ultimate sanctuary. It is a place to rest and rejuvenate, and oftentimes, also a place to hide from the world. Most often not seen by house guests, bedrooms tend to be neglected in terms of décor and design.
The look and feel of your bedroom can be anything you want. This is even more true for those eccentrics who want to experiment with colours and textures but are not sure where to start. We share a few favourite ideas to give your bedroom that va-va-voom.
Most designers agree that you need more than one source of light in a room. Layers are important here as there are many different aspects to your bedroom’s personality. Every room should have a mix of lighting, including overhead, accent and task lights.
Dramatic textures are essential in a bedroom. If your bedroom is relying on a neutral palette, it is still a good idea to incorporate textures. According to Grant Pierrus of the award-winning London-based luxury interior design and lifestyle blog, Interior Style Hunter, there are a few things to consider.
- Study and notice how different types of light reflect on different textures. A rough texture often throws a softer shadow compared to a sharp edge.
- Using the same colour in a range of textures can make the colour look very different.
- In a dramatic space, you won’t touch and sight to be very important, think about placing textures throughout the room that make you want to walk over and touch and feel them.
- Limit the amount of texture used in space, two or three contrasting textures is enough.
- The more extreme the texture contrast, the more drama you will add to space.
Walls and All
Things for walls are always important in the bedroom landscape. Choosing the right art, tapestries or other interesting objects can be difficult to curate at times. Wall art plays a critical role in setting the mood for your bedroom because the colour, size, style, and style of the bedroom art you select directly correlates to the mood you want to set in that space.
We love the colour psychology profiles as a colour guide and how they apply to bedrooms. Keep this in mind when starting a decorating project in your bedroom.
Blue: Tranquility, serenity, and trust
Green: Nature, balance, and harmony
Yellow: Energy and attention
Orange: Creativity, warmth, and socialization
Brown: Reliability and strength
Red: Passion, romance, and adventure
Pink: Sweetness, femininity, and calm
Lilac: Spirituality and creativity
Black: Strength and protection