Shiplap walls are pretty huge in design right now. It instantly adds character and charm:
image: Studio McGee
I was flipping through an issue of Country Living a few months ago and saw where a homeowner had penciled horizontal lines going up her staircase to mimic the look of shiplap. I was curious about how good of a reproduction it actually was and decided to experiment on the walls in our back entryway before I repainted them. Disclaimer: this was a pretty sloppy job done with a pencil, a yard stick and zero exact measuring.
I kept the pencil markings pretty light—you may have to squint to even see them in the photos. I didn’t finish the entire wall, but decided to live with it for a few days—okay, weeks—to see if it grew on me. I actually thought it looked kind of cool. But, then I had four different people (two in my family, two who were visiting) ask why I had marked on the wall and if I was planning on painting more stripes. . . Okay, so maybe not the effect I was going for. Eventually, I ended up just painting over them, but I’m still not convinced this couldn’t look good with more precision.
What do you think? A smart short-cut or just a big fail?