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A shiplap bathroom project can be as broad in scope or subtle as you want. A shiplap can make a significant impact in an unexpected, understated manner. However, the bathroom frequently gets overlooked in favor of more scene-stealing rooms in the house. The bathroom is where you cleanse and revitalize, and no doubt restore calm and peace after a tough day at work. Check out these 53 shiplap bathroom design ideas and learn how to amp up your bathroom in no time!


Paradigm Renovation

It is a black-white grey granite countertop bathroom with a trough sink and country kids’ shower curtain.


Avalon Associates, Inc.

A mid-sized farmhouse bathroom with gray porcelain tile, white walls, and a hinged shower door.


Younger Homes

The balance of natural appeal of city and country culture with this large farmhouse bathroom design.


Anne Michaelsen Design

A contemporary bathroom with porcelain tile and a white floor design in Los Angeles.


Urban Trend Builders LLC

A pretty little powder room with a small trendy blue tile.


Celtic Custom Homes

All white bathroom design with a simplistic and relaxing vibe.


Hart & Lock Design

See the classic and elegant look with navy shiplap walls and custom ash wood vanity.



It is all about the atmospheric glow with this country white tile bathroom design.


Patterson and Smith Construction, Inc.

Cottage master freestanding bathtub design with the flooring of Eastern White Pine.


John R. Schroeder, AIA

Simple inspiration for a small coastal beige floor powder room remodel.

Why Go For A Shiplap Bathroom

Besides simple installation and low cost, shiplap has turned into a favorite bathroom decor element resulting from its brilliant, revitalizing appearance. While white shiplap is probably the most common, you can also choose to paint an alternative hue to match your bathroom style. Initially, shiplap (wooden board) was utilized as an exterior siding for construction reasons. It was usually used on outdoor structures, barns, and sheds. With shiplap wood, you can join two flat pieces tightly to make a flat surface. This tongue and groove technique gives your wall a lovely beachy theme and rustic appearance. However, the final result is dependent on how you install shiplap (full or half), the board type, and the shades used.

As a result of the stunning look it provides, shiplap has turned into a favorite bathroom decor component nationwide. Even though you can use shiplap in any area, it is most prevalent in bathrooms and kitchens. If you want to install a shiplap and do not want it to cover the whole wall, you can use it to generate an accent wall. With this, you can add some visual energy and drama to your bathroom without committing a hundred percent of your wall space. Covering your whole bathroom wall with shiplap can help change your bathroom altogether and give it a new look. This option is most well-known in rustic and farmhouse bathroom designs. With a full installation, you will feel as if you are walking right into a beach house or cozy cabin any time you step into your bathroom.

Although the most popular color choice for shiplap boards is white, you can pick any color you want. If colored shiplap is not your thing, choose white. White is not just striking and classic; it also complements most bathroom fixtures. You can use shiplap to hide marred ceilings or dirty walls since you can put it on many surfaces. To set your bathroom apart, attach a chandelier for a beautiful finish. Wallpaper could be an inexpensive and easy way to put in a fun design for a drab bathroom. Rather than wallpapering the whole bathroom, consider using a shiplap backsplash to balance the design.


Kisel Construction

The fixture blends well with the rest of the interior decor approach.


Conklin Architecture

A classic and straightforward rustic powder room design in New York.


Studio McGee

The vanity lighting is bright enough to illuminate the entire tiny room.



Transitional bathroom that has custom ceramic floor tile with wood texture on the surface.

Tips In Having Shiplap In Bathroom 

If you’re remodeling your master bathroom and want to give the space a much-needed character and texture, add shiplap in bathroom to attain that look. Several people are hesitant about putting shiplap in bathroom due to moisture and general wear and tear concerns, but we are here to tell you that shiplap works great in any space, even the bathroom. As long as there are proper initial sealing and routine inspection and maintenance, a shiplap in bathroom will last for quite some time. In high moisture rooms such as the bathroom, kitchen, or home’s exterior, it is crucial to seal your wood material adequately. End grain is the main culprit for eventual wood rot and water infiltration. End grain gets exposed when you cut the board; the wood grain will be running perpendicularly to your cut. You have to seal all cut ends for each panel that you install in a high moisture area. Furthermore, you will have to ensure you fill nail gaps with drywall compound. After this initial filling material dries in the nail holes, sand it, fill it again, and sand once more when dry. Prime the drywall compound with a thin layer of primer before applying finish paint to the wood. Two finish coats are required to protect any material completely, interior and exterior.

If you have been considering painting your bathroom, you might be aware of references to a particular paint type called bathroom paint. You may believe that this is distinct from regular interior house paint created for bathrooms only. In reality, there’s no such thing as bathroom paint, but you will find paints formulated for better performance in the wet environment of bathrooms. Why are bathrooms hard on paint? Bathrooms are wet, and as a result, moisture should be your primary problem when laying down a fresh paint on your walls. Moisture can affect your shiplap bathroom walls in two ways. Moist air from steamy showers and baths collects on the walls. Then, water from the sink, shower, or bath that splashes onto the wall space.

Moisture can damage paint when it permeates the paint layer and contacts the drywall or plaster surface underneath. This may lead to peeling paint and mildew growth. How do paints resist moisture? The very best aspect of moisture resistant paint for bathrooms is they provide you with the choice of extra paint sheens. While standard paints should be high-gloss, semi-gloss, or satin in the bathroom, specially formulated paints can be more matte or flat. When it comes to costs, moisture resistant paint for bathrooms tends to be at the high-end of interior paints, excluding overpriced designer paints. You can look to spend approximately as much as, or a bit more than, regular premium paint, or about fifty to sixty dollars per gallon. The best part is, you will get top-quality paint that is designed to last in the bathroom. And fortunately, bathrooms are relatively small; therefore, it typically takes much less than a gallon for two coats.



Beach style bathroom that gives an East Coast Chic vibe.


Savvy Interiors

The gray shaker cabinet with white walls gives off a light and airy feel.


Jenna Sue Design Co.

Barn inspired but elegant and classy at the same time.


Fletcher Development LLC

This bathroom shows how contemporary and farmhouse styles can be in perfect harmony.


Griffin Enright Architects

Contemporary bathroom that softens up the firm feel of the curves.


Justine Hand

A relaxing rustic bath with a painting by the American artist Margot Trou.

The Best Way To Install Shiplap Bathroom 

After seeing multiple inspirations online for a shiplap bathroom wall, you now want to have it. However, you don’t know how to shiplap a wall, but don’t worry because below are listed the following steps you need to have that gorgeous shiplap bathroom wall. The first thing you must do to install shiplap is to measure the area. Check the size of the structure you want to cover. Plywood comes in 8′ by 4′ sheets. Find out the number of sheets of plywood you will need to cover your wall. It is better to purchase more instead of having not enough. You would probably want to buy five pieces for an 8′ high and 11′ long wall. This might leave you with one additional sheet of plywood. Put it aside without painting it, and you can either utilize it or send it back if you do not need it. After knowing the measurements and buying the wood, you can now paint the wood. 

Usually, you wouldn’t begin a project by painting; however, in this situation, it is less of a challenge to paint your plywood shiplap just before cutting it. You will only have to paint one side of the wood; let it dry before cutting. Don’t forget to keep that last sheet of plywood unpainted. You may use it, but if you don’t, you can’t return it anymore if it is painted. The third step is to cut shiplap strips. It is up to you to figure out how wide you want your shiplap “boards” to be. Anywhere between 5″ and 6″ is pretty standard. Utilizing the same width for all your boards will make this particular task much more manageable.

There are two things you must think about before installing the boards. You want to generate as little waste as possible, simultaneously ensuring that your boards’ pattern is not repetitive. You do not need one seam running the entire length of the structure. Use a stud finder to find each 2×4 stud in the wall, and mark their places with a pencil and a 4′ level. The studs should be approximately 16″ apart. Cut your boards to lengths matching the position of every stud. Use your leftover pieces as frequently as possible to reduce waste. You can create whatever design you like, as long as the seam where two boards meet is not resting on top of the previous row’s seam.


Grace Hill Design

The chandelier makes your bath extra calming and romantic.


Sellars Lathrop Architects, llc

Farmhouse bathroom with a beautiful barn light.


Savvy Interiors

Traditional double sink bathroom vanity with a cozy feel.


Brandon Architects, Inc.

The floor tiles give a clean canvas for the rest of the decor.



Transitional bathroom with black and white theme.


Element Home Builders

Beach style bathroom with a luxurious and cozy vibe.


Pinney Designs

This beach style bath gives a pleasant and fresh feel with a perfect chandelier.


Jonathan Raith Inc.

Bare shower room with a blend of bardiglio marble in a hexagonal pattern.


Anne Sneed Architectural Interiors

Custom cabinetry paired with unique lighting features and hardware.


Element Construction Partners

An elegant and unique window type mirror with furniture like cabinets.


Studio 74 architects

Bright, eclectic bathroom done in white and yellow walls with an open cabinet and potted greenery.


Avondale Builders Supply

Soft sea blue cabinet and crisp white walls make peaceful partners in this beach bathroom.


Construction Wonders

A traditional bathroom with elegant blue vanity and mirror.



A beautiful complement to vintage decors, double vanity, and storage to spare.


Evens Architects

The vanity is chic yet functional with a coastal claw-foot bathtub idea in Los Angeles.


Alma Homes

A mid-size cottage with gorgeous shaker cabinets and multicolored countertops.


Allison Lind Interiors

Vintage style bath with a lovely vessel sink and classy glass ceiling layouts.


J Taylor Designs

A simple small farmhouse bathroom with bright white walls and minimal decor.


Heidi Caillier Design

Small but mighty Ballard cottage, inspired by traditional Scandinavian design.


Round Top Home Builders

Farmhouse bath with a rustic charm and perfect lighting.


Penn Contractors Inc

This bathroom storage looks glamorous with this double sink bathroom vanity with a mirror.


Rasmussen Construction

An elegant all-white traditional bathroom lay-out by Chambers & Chambers.


Kevin Browne Architecture

This breathtaking beach style bath, offering a panoramic oceanfront view.


Solitude Homes

This modern farmhouse bathroom gives simplicity and timeless style.


Enhanced Renovation

Welcoming and fresh look style bathroom with farmhouse touches.


SoCal Contractor

A vintage antique table with a beautiful vessel sink on top.


Brown Haven Homes

This rustic-modern custom log cabin bath at Waters Edge is looking trendy and classic at the same time.


Kon-strux Developments

This eclectic basement gives a cozy and warm feel with the touch of this antique barn board.


Erica Gelman Design Inc.

Classic yet candid beach style bathroom with a lake view on the side.


Irwin Construction, LLC

The door gives stylish addition and a unique element to this modern farmhouse bathroom.


Inspyre Home Design

Small trendy modern bathroom with minimal decor and simple looks.


Jordan Design Studio, Ltd.

Classic and charming white cottage with the beauty of the full slab of marble.

Steps In “Nailing” Your Shiplap Bathroom

Starting at the floor makes spacing your panels simpler. Put your first board along the edge of the floor and ensure it is level. Use a finish nailer to connect the board on the wall at the place of every stud. A nickel can act as a spacer between every panel in a run and in between each run. Regularly make sure your boards are level. Because you have created all of your cuts in advance, this technique has to go relatively fast. Cut around the obstacles. At the very least, you’ll have some electrical outlets in your wall to deal with. Utilize a screwdriver to remove each outlet cover. You do not have to be precise. Use a saw to cut across the outline. Don’t worry about the uneven slices because they can be concealed with the outlet cover once you are done. You may have to make some other cuts or adjustments to cater to windows, doors, or trim. 

After you have installed your boards, you will have some finishing touches to add. Since you have painted the panels before cutting them, the edges will surely be unpainted. Use caulk to fill up any unwanted holes. Let it dry, and use a small brush to paint your shiplap boards’ raw edges. Since the shiplap is 1/4″ thick, you will have to bring your switches and outlets out 1/4″. This may be easily accomplished using several small washers. Safety first! Turn off the power at the breaker. Utilize a screwdriver to detach the outlet from the box and place one or two washers on the small bolt before reattaching it. This can ensure your outlet is even with your wall structure and outlet cover. Do the same for just about any switches. Attach the outlet covers and turn the power back on.

Before America discovered drywall for bathroom, interior home partitions were made of stone, wood, plaster, lath, mud, and concrete in different combinations. Drywall is cheaper, much more convenient, and much easier to work with. It is widely used for ceilings and walls, but it is not a waterproof material. As it is naturally lightweight and porous, it is easy for liquid to seep through and develop mold. When you are thinking about drywall for bathroom, you need a couple of additional steps to avoid water damage. For example, your drywall can be combined with plasticizers, foam, and other materials. These substances make your drywall less flammable and lessen the risk of mildew and mold. The additives also help your drywall take in less water, a key feature for bathroom use. Drywall is favored because you can easily install it for emergency repairs. It is designed to be porous, making it light during construction, much easier to work with, and more affordable to transport. No matter where you are setting it up, drywall is preferred to brick, wood, stone, concrete, and even plaster. You can quickly cut it; thus, sizing, positioning, and framing are much more manageable. It is budget-friendly, and even if you do not purchase fireproof versions, gypsum withstands flame better than many other construction materials. This is because gypsum has a large amount of intrinsic moisture, approximately 50%. Perhaps the most significant advantage of drywall is insulation. The porous fibers encourage capillary movement; thus, liquids pass through them quickly. But those pores discourage the loss of heat. Thus, it keeps your home warmer and lowers utility bills. Drywall will also cool down slower; therefore, it can get stuffy during warmer months.

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