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Find Your Shiplap Style

By: Julia Marchand

A shiplap obsession is currently sweeping through homes of all styles thanks to its charm and subtle texture. It can be finished to show character marks, like knots and nail holes, or to be sleek and unblemished. It can hang on walls and ceilings, be used as wainscoting, be featured outside or inside or become a design accent like a headboard or a floating entertainment center. With plenty of versatility, this charming material can accent any home style: It can meld with modern decor, complement a farmhouse feel or accent a breezy beach house.

If you’re looking to use shiplap to transform your home from basic to beautiful, the first consideration to find your perfect fit is to identify the mood already given off by the rest of your decor. Since shiplap could cover every inch of wall space in a room, it has great potential to shift the mood in a new direction or take your current style to the next level. Get some inspiration for personalizing your home, then look around and decide: Do your furnishings feel formal? Feminine? Are they quirky or even chaotic? Do you want to piggyback on that mood or play it down?

Here are some distinct shiplap flavors and the details that will allow you to pull them off.

Edgy Urban – Mixed with brick, cement or metal accents, the organic characteristics of shiplap will warm and soften an urban aesthetic. Stick with raw wood to embrace its rich tones or choose a weathered paint for a super-rustic look that blends well with that gritty New York loft feel. The seams of the boards chop up the lines to keep an edgy look, so try this style if you want to complement downtown decor.

Relaxed Cottage – Vary board widths with a greater reveal between the planks both on the horizontal and vertical ends, and skip the trim for a less formal look. Show knots, nail holes and character for a farmhouse feel, or magnify charm with the quaint quality of wainscoting. Keep in mind that while a natural patina exaggerates the rustic mood, it can sometimes feel masculine, so go with a whitewashed finish if you want it to feel soft and summery.

For a nautical twist, take these tips up a notch with inconsistent gap widths and different levels of distress. A variety of cool hues painted on shiplap within a coordinating color scheme—like cream, gray, white or pale blue—can give off a beachy feel and perfectly match a laid-back bungalow.

Moody Modern – Sleek, uniform chestnut planks embrace the warm tones that are a mainstay in wood for modern design. Of course, other hues, especially those that are brown or on the grayscale, would fit this mood, too, as long as the boards are evenly spaced and sized with a smooth finish. Fill the seams at the short end of each plank for a streamlined style that emphasizes length. Install flat shiplap with no rounded edge at the groove for a look that matches the polished precision of modern decor.

Blissfully Luxurious – Paired with marble, a chandelier, plush accents and reflective fixtures, shiplap can even appear lavish! Brush a fresh coat of glossy white paint on the smooth, straight planks of this airy accent for clean detail that brings interest. This approach to shiplap is positively dreamy in an upscale master bed or bath.

Formal Sophistication – With less reveal between boards and a fancy detailed trim, even shiplap can fit a stately setting. Try a mahogany tone as the backdrop for traditional decor to cash in on the shiplap trend without compromising your formal feel. Want something a little more contemporary? Go for a medium charcoal paint with even distribution or a dark, high gloss stain to give this often-casual wall-treatment a more serious tone.

 

Should you choose planks that appear to be well-worn with a rich patina? Or is your taste more suited toward a crisp, smooth finish? Taking your lifestyle and the rest of your design choices into consideration, what’s your perfect shiplap style?

 

 

Julia Marchand is a mom, blogger and avid DIYer who writes for The Home Depot. She loves to do projects that improve the aesthetic of her own and other people’s homes. Visit The Home Depot for all of your decor needs.

 

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4 Beautiful Countertops to Complete Your Kitchen

By Jacklyn Renz

Everyone loves to daydream about a kitchen remodel. From cabinets to appliances, there are renovations that can make your kitchen more customized for the daily grind of our chopping, cleaning, serving, and eating. A recent survey gave us some interesting insight into the remodeling desires of people just like you: out of 7,812 survey respondents, 94% planned to replace their countertops. So, where do you turn for a fresh countertop? Here are 4 ideas to get you started.

Hardly a Contest

Of all the natural stone materials, granite is one of the most popular. Granite is naturally formed when molten magma flows into areas of stone and slowly cools. Since no two granite samples are alike, they lend themselves a uniqueness unmatched by man-made designs. Varied colors appear due to the unique makeup of each slab. Granite stands up to knives and hot pots, but be careful of chipping. Any dent in the top means a pro out to repair. The upkeep for granite is a little more involved than most, with the need for periodic sealing to maintain its stain resistance.

Make a Statement

Countertops that make a statement are a fantastic choice for standalone pieces such as an island, wet bar, or pull-out slab. Serving not only as practical surfaces, countertops made of marble lend themselves as conversational pieces and add a point of luxury to your kitchen’s look. This choice of countertop may need a little daily TLC, steering clear of acids, knives, and staining foods. With the proper preventative care, marble will last a lifetime while giving your kitchen a boost in elegance!

Easy on the Budget

For many of us, the kitchen is a place of hustle and bustle, meaning that we need the added practicality of an easy to maintain top. Laminate has been so updated in recent years that it can look the part of its expensive counterparts, without the added expense. This particular option stands up to water, scratches, and stains. It’s a great family choice with no preventative maintenance needed. Keep in mind that it’s sensitive to heat, so keep the trivets handy. Laminate countertops come in a variety of colors and styles so they can blend into your current décor without a problem.

From the Chef

To borrow from commercial kitchens, stainless steel is both a practical and beautiful choice. Incorporate this material on all surfaces or choose a high-traffic area. These are hygienic and tough. Stainless steel is heat resistant but is easily scratched. This option will mesh well with existing appliances and backsplashes, making a great choice if you are picking just one element of the kitchen to change.

Since the countertops are well-loved and highly used, choose which you love the most and opt for professional installation to have new countertops that last the life of your home.

 

Sources: houzz.com, hgtv.com, countertopguides.com

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Which Direction Should You Run Your Wood Flooring?

By Rebecca Bradshaw

Gleaming wood floors in rich, natural tones enhance the beauty of any home. Choosing just the right hardwoods or laminated wood flooring to bring out the best in a room can be an art, as is the proper installation of the material. One of the most frequently asked questions from homeowners about installation is which direction should wood flooring run?  Should it be laid across the width of a room, or flow lengthwise from an entryway? What about transitioning flooring from room to room? Here are a few guidelines on how to choose the best direction to run your wood flooring.

Visual Impact:

Choosing which direction to run wood flooring can be a matter of personal taste. However, to get the most pleasing or dramatic visual impact, planking should be laid to lead the eye towards a room’s focal point, such as a fireplace or other architectural details. Light sources should also be considered; how light falls between the boards can either lengthen or shorten the perceived size of a room. Boards that run from the entrance outwards can make a space appear longer or larger, while flooring laid from side wall to side wall will shorten visual impact, but can make a room feel cozier. Flooring in long narrow rooms or hallways should run outward from the doorway so as not to create a choppy appearance.

Structural Considerations:

Experts agree that wood floors should be laid perpendicular to floor joists—across, rather than in between the joists. Perpendicular installation will make floors structurally sound and prevent boards from separating, buckling, or sagging. The type of flooring material used is also a factor when it comes to installation; engineered wood flooring and natural hardwoods should be mounted above a subfloor, while laminates are installed using the floating method—planks are glued or snapped together rather than being nailed to a subfloor. A professional installer can lay any of these materials in the direction that works best for a space.

Transitioning from Room to Room:

Laying wood flooring in multiple rooms takes some pre-planning and should be carefully thought out before installation begins. Open concept rooms can appear to flow smoothly into one large area if wood flooring is installed from the long end of the space to the other. Oddly shaped rooms or those that open off narrow hallways may not lend themselves to flooring laid along one continuous line of sight; a thin wood strip can be installed to define the threshold where flooring changes direction. To avoid transitions or to create an impactful visual statement, consider having wood floors laid in a diagonal or herringbone pattern throughout your house.

Overall, which direction to run your wood flooring is up to your personal preference and design aesthetic. In either case, natural hardwoods, engineered wood, and laminates are available in several high-quality options and in a wide range of colors and grains that are sure to enhance any home!

Sources: SF Gates Homeguides, My-Floor.com, Houzz, Joe Knows

 

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