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Shiplap is a fantastic way to add richness and intrigue to a room. Still, it hasn’t always achieved this level of beauty and refinement. (We’re looking at you, 1970s mobile homes). This fact can work against it and dissuade us from using it altogether. Additionally, traditional shiplap doesn’t fit every style of home. Shiplap is now popular again, but the goals of richness and intrigue can now be accomplished in more enduring styles that add beauty to any style of home. Fortunately, many shiplap alternatives in the market can achieve the same visual effect.

Here are some of the best shiplap alternatives.  

Reeded or Fluted Panels

Reeded panels are a great option with a modern and sophisticated feel. It features vertical ridges that bring visual interest to walls without being overwhelming. They often come as natural wood to add warmth to a space and work with today’s more natural aesthetics, but they also come in a range of colors, finishes, and sizes so that you can find something to match any design perfectly.

Textured Wallpaper 

The technology used to create wallpaper is improving and now includes highly textured options in any shape you can imagine. From embossed leaves to a leather-like look, you get the same benefits of shiplap but with added refinement. Plus, it’s also relatively easy to install. 


Tile is another fabulous option that can bring a unique and stylish look to any space. You can achieve a wood-like look similar to today’s tile flooring, but you can also choose cement options with highly-textured designs in every geometry imaginable and deep grooves and swirls for added intrigue. Another alternative is sticking to a more traditional yet popular look, such as Moroccan tile. They work excellently on a power wall without dominating the space. It’s an excellent choice for bathrooms or kitchens as well due to its durability and ease to clean.

Applied Molding

Another great alternative is applied molding. It works beautifully as wainscoting, bringing a refined elegance. You can even evoke a more modern feel with unique patterns and bold colors. From raised panels to intricate designs, you can find something that perfectly complements the vibe in your home.


Plaster can be shaped and colored to fit any design aesthetic, and you can get as creative with it as you like. Whether you’re looking for something modern or a traditional farmhouse look, plaster is an incredibly versatile material that can help you reach your desired outcome. It also has the benefit of being seamless for a cleaner overall look. 

Board & Batten

For a classic wall treatment with a contemporary twist, try board & batten. It involves installing narrow boards vertically over the seams of wood panels, creating a softer, more subtle look than shiplap. It also brings some other handy benefits. It can hide cords from TV and lighting for a clean home look and can bring soundproofing and insulation benefits. 

Reclaimed Wood Planks

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly shiplap alternative that exudes history and richness, then reclaimed wood planks are a great solution. Reclaimed wood is not only environmentally friendly, but it also brings a unique and earthy feel to any space. Plus, with its varied color palette and texture, you can create a one-of-a-kind look. 

Nickel Gap Boards 

Nickel gap boards are a great way to create a rustic look without the fuss of shiplap. They are similar to the previous shiplap look but now come in a broader range of colors, including flat whites that ignore the wood grain look for a cleaner, more modern feel. This option has narrow slots between each board. It looks similar to tongue-and-groove paneling but with a more traditional vibe. It is incredibly easy to install. 


Beadboard is similar to nickel gap panels but contains a rounded strip of wood within the gap for a richer, more appealing look. The look of the strip adds visual interest without overpowering the space, and it’s versatile, stylish, and can fit into any design scheme.

Still, the others on the list provide a wide enough range to give you more than one option for your home. Each of these shiplap alternatives captures the benefits of shiplap but in ways that work best for your home and endure. 

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