Alternatives to White Shiplap

By Kate Riley August 9, 2018

Architectural detail on the wall adds an additional layer of definition to any space, I’ve always been a fan. The white shiplaped wall has taken over the world in the past few years, it seems every home tour has it somewhere. I’m a fan of planked walls, I too have done my own DIY white shiplap installation below a wallpaper treatment in my powder bathroom.

When I see a shiplap wall, I like the clean white look and the subtle stripe effect that comes from the stacked raised paneling. It provides a pleasing backdrop for layering furniture, art, and decor.



But for those of you who feel the shiplap look is becoming as ubiquitous as subway tile, today I offer a few alternatives to consider.

White Wainscot

Architectural details on a wall go by different names depending on the look: planking, board and batten, picture frame molding, beadboard, tongue and groove, and millwork. Custom or prefabricated work is always an option but basic designs are easy to DIY. If you’re a fan of white walls but seek something other than shiplap, consider the following looks:


atlanta homes mag


sage design





kishani perera





Painted Geometric Paneling

The geometric grid installation is growing in popularity for good reason with classic square or rectangle shapes created with strips of wood. It looks especially good when painted in tone on tone colors.


marie flanagan interiors


tobi fairley


studio mcGee


farrow & ball


butterfield custom homes


stone masonry company


cassidy hughes

Wood Paneling

Reclaimed, weathered, whitewashed, stained or natural, there are limitless opportunities to add texture with wood tones.




clayton & little


via behance


timberwall at lowes



Modern Installations

Think outside the box by using lattice strips or dimensional wall paneling to create one of a kind designs.







timberwall at lowes

You might also like:

dimensional wall treatments

cheap & easy DIY shiplap

diy picture frame molding



  1. I love some of the whole wall designs; but anytime I see added molding I just see dust collecting. I would remove all the decorative molding in my house if I could, and one day I would. Wondering if the shiplap has that issue?

    • I haven’t had that problem with mine, the seams are pretty tight and filled with a few coats of paint, but for the more dimensional treatments, there is that issue of dust!

  2. I have a basement staircase with walls on both sides. I’m thinking of removing one side to the fifth step add a railing to open it up a bit. The other side is a load bearing wall. I was thinking of adding white shiplap to the walls. Is this passé?
    What about beadboard?

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