Shiplap Kitchen: Planked Walls Behind Sink & Stove

Hardiplank Shiplap Kitchen - The Inspired RoomHardiplank Shiplap Kitchen

Greetings! Since my galley kitchen was revealed, I’ve received lots of questions on various details in the room that I am excited to finally answer. I’m so pleased with the positive response to the design, I’m really glad you guys liked it, too! Down the road I’ll do a before & after post and a kitchen design post with my overall tips, but for now I think I’ll go through a few of the specific design elements I’ve had questions on.

I have had lots of questions on what we used for our “shiplap” walls and ceiling, so I thought this design element would be a good place to start. We actually didn’t set out to do a shiplap kitchen! We were originally thinking about tile and looked at samples of every imaginable option from white to colors to various shapes and patterns. We spent hours scouring design centers and tile warehouses. While many were absolutely beautiful, none of them felt right for us.

Part of the vibe I wanted for our the kitchen was that it would feel cozy from chunky texture in various materials. With a small kitchen, I had to get the biggest bang for the buck as I could from the few materials we would have in the space.

Incorporating more than two hard surfaces (tile walls or floors and quartz) would have felt too cold and one-dimensional for the feel I was going for. Too many contrasting patterns and colors on the surfaces would have been too dizzying and limited design-wise in a small space (for my taste).

Hardiplank Shiplap Kitchen WallsHardiplank Shiplap Kitchen Walls

Once we made the decision that tile was going to work best on our floors (the specifics of which I’ll talk more about in a flooring future post), and we already had decided on quartz for our countertops, we knew didn’t want to put tile on the walls, too.

After the flooring and counter decisions were made, I knew I wanted to mix in “warm” materials (in our case, we used painted planks, brass metal fixtures and wood accessories/rugs, etc) that would add enough texture and warmth to make the space interesting and welcoming, without overwhelming it with too much contrasting patterns and colors. We also wanted the freedom to have completely different looks in this space throughout the year, so neutrals felt the most flexible.

Hardiplank Shiplap Kitchen Walls and V-Groove T&G Ceiling - The Inspired Room

Since we were not closing up any of the openings or window locations and there were quite doorways and windows in this little room, I wanted to find a wall material that would make tie together the other elements and still offer the texture I was looking for. With such little wall space actually available, we also needed to consider what impact that material would have on the room as a whole.

Eventually we concluded that this kitchen was well-suited for “shiplap” walls. And by shiplap, I mean planked walls (mine are not true shiplap, but we’ll go with that term). Horizontal shiplap is perfect for unifying and visually joining together various openings. Your eye just naturally follows the lines of the shiplap around the room, rather than stopping and starting.

So the painted planks help hold the entire room together visually speaking, while adding just enough interest to the backdrop.

Shiplap Kitchen: Hardiplank Planked Walls Behind Sink & Stove

Now I know the obvious question is, what material did we use for our “shiplap” walls? And how will it hold up behind a sink and behind the stove?

Our contractor installed smooth (totally smooth, not faux textured) Hardiplank siding planks on our walls (nailed in and installed pretty close together horizontally). Our Hardiplanks were ordered from a lumber yard (that’s all I know about them!). The walls underneath weren’t perfectly straight (old house troubles), but somehow they made it work. Any imperfection just gives it more character, right? The raw edges of the planks were covered with trim pieces or caulking. The planks were sprayed with a quality paint (Benjamin Moore Advance in the color Simply White).

It’s water and fire resistant because it’s basically concrete! It’s as tough as tile, but definitely gives the room the warm vibe of painted wood. They are easy to just wipe off, so they are no more trouble to keep clean than tile. Because we found a material that made sense, we didn’t feel the need to change around the stove or sink.

Shiplap and Tongue and Groove Ceiling

Part of the charm of this small kitchen was that the design elements would be simple and classic, and interesting but not flashy. So to unify the whole room and up the classic charm even more, we paneled our ceiling in tongue and groove cedar (v-groove style).

In contrast to the more smooth wall planks, the ceiling planks have all sorts of natural knots and gauges so it gives the room lots of character without feeling overwhelming.

Shiplap Kitchen Hardiplanks The Inspired Room

With the ceiling and walls painted in the same shade of Benjamin Moore Simply White (it’s a nice warmer white), the planks could wrap the the character around the room without the distraction of too many obvious or contrasting design or paint color changes. The planks give the illusion of more height, too, when you are in the room.

I find the clean white backdrop to be really soothing and helps make the space feel more spacious than it is. Plus how much fun will it be to style this space differently in every season?

So, that’s the story of our planked walls and ceiling!

Find the full galley kitchen reveal post here and the kitchen source list post here.

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Kitchen Remodel Sources

Hello there! I was so thrilled by all the enthusiasm for our new kitchen…wow! We really poured our hearts into each and every detail, so I am really happy you guys thought it was worth the wait :). If you missed the reveal, you can find it here.

It has SO been fun reading all the comments on the post and seeing all the shares of the kitchen on social media, too. You guys have been so kind! Thank you.

I headed out of town for a few days right after I got the reveal post out, but I’m excited to be home now so I can get back to blogging (and to my family and kitchen).

If you had a question about the source of an item in the kitchen, I thought it would be most helpful to put together a dedicated post with most of the sources conveniently listed in one spot (you can see the sources below each graphic and in a long list at the end!). If you are planning a kitchen remodel or refresh in the future, you can even pin the graphics to your Pinterest board so you’ll be able to find it later.

I will be doing more posts to cover all of the other questions I’ve received about the kitchen (everything from the appliances to the shiplap to the cabinets to the floors to the Dutch door and the size of the kitchen and more!), so stay tuned for more detailed information about the materials we used and the design elements in future posts to come.

Kitchen Remodel Sources - The Inspired Room
Sources for above: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12

Kitchen Remodel Sources - The Inspired Room

Sources for above : 1 // 2 // 3 //4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12

Kitchen Remodel Sources - The Inspired Room
Appliances: Counter-Depth Fridge // Range Hood // Range // Panel-Ready Dishwasher

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Walls: Simply White Benjamin Moore

Dutch Door: Blue Note Benjamin Moore


Cabinets by Greenhome Solutions in Seattle


Paneled Walls – Hardiplank (smooth side)


Carrara Gioia Quartz Countertops by Daltile


Daltile Imagica ig97 Haze ColorBody Porcelain (polished)


Shipap Kitchen Walls


Brass Faucet

White Farmhouse Sink

Brass Disposal Flange

Brass Drinking Water Faucet


Brass Edge Pull (on pantry cabinets by fridge)

Crystal Cabinet Knob

Black Round Knobs

Cowan Cabinet Knobs

Cowan Drawer Pulls / Towel Rods


Navy & Brass Wall Sconces (many shade color options, mine are Cobalt)


Panel-Ready Dishwasher

Under the Cabinet Range Hood

30″ Range

Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator

White KitchenAid Mixer


Frank’s in Seattle // Paint Color is Blue Note Benjamin Moore


Jute Runner Rug

Mug Rack

Black and White Dash & Albert Rug

Come As You Are Door Mat


House-Shaped Salt Keeper

White Marble Lazy Susan

Wood Cookbook/Tablet Stand

Stoneware Pickling Crock

Copper French Press

Nutmeg Grinder


Glass and wood salad dressing/olive oil carafe

John Boos Block Cutting Board

Plaid Kitchen Towels (color options)

Footed wood stand (similar) many of you asked about this and I got it locally so I don’t have an exact source!

Gold Framed Artwork on Wall – Found (local shop)

Striped Wood Salad Servers


If you missed the kitchen reveal, you can find it here!

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