Kiki Interiors - Decor and Staging

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We Answer Wednesday - What is Ship lap?

"I have been hearing this term a lot lately and I don't know what it is ....what is shiplap?"

You are right!  This is a term that we have been hearing a lot these days especially if you are someone who watches a lot of Home design and Decor shows on TV or reading magazines. 

So what is it - you ask, well there is a little bit of debate on what some TV hosts are calling shiplap. 
 shiplap is essentially a style of wood paneling - no, not that 70's style that you may have lived with at some point in your life - this is different....

Shiplap Fireplace Wall with Slate Tile Surround:

Shiplap are long and smooth plain wood boards that are installed on a wall adding a slight texture, a visual interest and with the spacing between the boards you get a strip effect. We are definitely seeing this in the design shows especially the ones that have a slight country influence.

The debate in really on the install of these long and smooth wood panel boards.

In some cases we see these long wood straight panels that are nailed to the wall adding a slight bit of texture and a stripe effect in a room.  These boards are often painted in almost a chalk paint consistency.  We are seeing this a lot in homes that want a bit of a country or farmhouse look (this can also work with a home that is after a nautical feel). 

 286 Pine Needle Way, WaterColor, FL |  Borges Brooks Builders:

Now 'actual' shiplap looks very similar (which I would say is why the term is being used) but the install is different.  This shiplap is like a tongue and groove system giving the boards self-spacing - to get that striped look. the idea with this installation was to get a water tight 'seal'.

If you didn't see the install of the wood panels you likely wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

Shiplap is a great way to add some texture to a space.  It looks great painted in any tone (the paint colour choice can really help determine the style you want in the room).  You can opt for a flat finish paint in a warm white, soft grey or even a light blue for a country look but if you chose a darker paint like a charcoal or even a deep navy you could get a bit of an industrial feel.  Of course the items like accessories, textile and lighting will also help with the overall look.

 Adding shiplap and painting navy would make a beautiful powder room and make a…:

Shiplap can also be used as a great feature wall in a family room or even a bedroom.  It's a wonderful way to make an impact without over whelming the entire room.  For those of you that feel reclaimed wood walls are just a bit too much this is a good alternative. 

If you are looking for some subtle texture and visual interest, consider shiplap.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

We Answer Wednesday - Front Door and Garage Door paint

"I'm going to paint my front door a new colour something with some pop but do I need to paint my garage door in the same colour, so they match?"

Great question and a bit of a tricky really comes down to how bold you want to be with your exterior's statement, the architectural style of the home, the colour you choose, the exterior materials and overall personal preference.

For instance, if you are choosing a classic paint colour like black - this looks great on the front door and garage door - it's a more traditional style but a classic never goes out of fashion. This also works with a a minimalist or modern home- clean lines and simplicity are key and generally that style isn't about being overly colourful.

Gray/Black and stone. Contemporary with such traditional flare.:
Photo from Bright Green Door

If you want to be a bit more adventurous with your front door colour, we suggest keeping the garage door more tame.  The garage door colour should match another colour on the home's exterior.  A good idea is to have it match the framing around the door and windows. If the house has shutters, we like the shutters to match either the garage or the front door - this gives consistency to the exterior. Too many colours on a home's exterior is distracting and it is confusing for the eye!

Not a fan of visible garages on facades, but the rest of the house is pretty!:
 Photo from Home Bunch

 For homes that have a lot of texture like stone, brick, shingles, beams etc...we like to see a wood front door and garage door - the allows the materials to shine. In this case. a home exterior with a lot of natural materials we suggest making a statement with a beautiful wood door (the garage doors can also be wood or they can coordinate with another colour on the exterior). When it comes to picking your front door colour - be sure to pick a colour that is flattering with your exterior materials. 

Exterior, Stunning Wade Hampton Golf Club Exterior Classic Architecture ~ Unique Rustic Home Exterior Design:
Photo from

You don't need to match your door colours but you want to take into consideration a few factors (mentioned above) and also the statement you want to make.  If you want a really bright and bold colourful door - let that be the focal point and let the other elements including the garage door play a complimentary role.

Exterior Doors | we have this one!  and many others that would look great in this color... | Bayer Built Woodworks, Inc.
 Photo from Design Once

With a garage door in a complimentary tone this really allows for your front door to be the WOW factor!

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