Ideas for Shiplap and Board & Batten Accent Walls

A warm, inviting kitchen with blue-painted cabinets, a black shiplap wall and black backsplash, a white ceiling, blue stove, and wood table and chairs. A warm, inviting kitchen with blue-painted cabinets, a black shiplap wall and black backsplash, a white ceiling, blue stove, and wood table and chairs.

Ideas for Shiplap and Board & Batten Accent Walls

Infuse your home with visual interest using shiplap and board & batten in a range of paint colours.

Drawing from ship-building techniques, shiplap siding and board and batten are striking decorative additions to a home. Choosing the right paint colour and sheen will bring the signature aesthetic of shiplap and board & batten to life. We’ve got you covered with beautiful paint colour combinations on walls, ceilings, cabinets and more.
An airy, open white-painted living room and kitchen with shiplap walls and vaulted ceiling, wood beams, blue and white decor, and far back blue walls.

1. Traditional Shiplap Walls and Ceilings: Classic & Charming

Seen in a variety of design styles, from farmhouse and cabins to more coastal styles, shiplap is a homeowner favorite.

Although traditional shiplap is white or off-white, modern shiplap can be painted a variety of colours. Often arranged in a vertical or horizontal pattern, the planks are set close together to create a look reminiscent of the interior hull of a ship. Ever popular for ceilings, shiplap helps to create architectural depth, even in neutral spaces.

When using traditional shiplap, look to soft white hues for balance. We like Cloud White 967, shown here, White Dove OC-17 or Swiss Coffee OC-45. Add a fun graphic rug or woven accents to nod to the seafaring beginnings of shiplap design.
A bathroom with pretty blue-painted shiplap walls, a white ceiling, a white wood double vanity with a marble top and black fixtures, and two mirrors.

2. Colourful Shiplap Accent Walls

Colour-saturated shiplap creates an eye-catching look in any space.

If you prefer the look of neutral paint, but want to bring colour into your home, opt for blue or gray hues like Yarmouth Blue HC-150 and Solitude AF-545. Here, shiplap in subtle blue Mineral Springs CC-848 enhances gentle lighting while creating a relaxing atmosphere throughout.

If you’re looking for deeper, more saturated colours, find inspiration with jewel tones. Want something a little lighter? Get inspired by our pale and pastel paint colours..
A beautiful screened-in porch with a wood panelled and white beamed ceiling, white trim, a ceiling fan and white cushioned furniture.

3. Go Outside with Exterior Shiplap Design Ideas

When choosing hues for your home’s exterior, think about combinations that speak to the space and its natural surroundings. Bring year-round boardwalk vibes with driftwood-inspired shiplap, or lean into country cabin design with dark green and brown hues.

In this woodland-inspired abode, Alabaster OC-129 on the walls and trim offer a gentle contrast while contributing to the architectural intrigue.­­

A sunny bedroom with a yellow-painted wall and ceiling, white wainscotting and trim, yellow and white bedding, two reading lamps and side tables.

4. Creative Board and Batten Walls

Character-rich board and batten walls create energy within a space thanks to varying dimensions—boards usually measure 30.5 cm (12") wide, while batten is 5-10 cm (2-4"), and layouts can be square or rectangular varieties.

In this sunny bedroom, traditional board and batten creates visual interest behind the bed. Atrium White OC-145 provides a clean base for warm Beacon Hill Damask HC-2 walls, creating a relaxing space with timeless appeal.

Other colours we love for board and batten include Crystalline AF-485, Cedar Key OC-16, and Conch Shell 052.
A bright, white-painted hallway with elegant board and batten walls, a piece of framed art, a table, tan striped rug, and dark wood floor.

5. Subtle Contrast with Board and Batten

Eye-catching board and batten, shiplap and wainscotting elevate even the most oft-overlooked spaces including hallways, mudrooms, and offices.

Layers of whites, off-whites, neutrals, and greige paints elegantly highlight architectural details and set off signature artwork. Here, Simply White OC-117 in different sheens on trim, walls and ceiling, transforms this hallway into a museum-quality space.

Other off-white and neutral colours we recommend for subtle colour combinations include:

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