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Most homes that have been built in the past 50 years are considered builder grade, meaning they have no shiplap, wainscoting or moldings. A hundred years ago craftsmen were abundant and materials cheap. Most homes had extensive woodworking. Today that expertise is expensive. But there are probably few things that give a home character more than detailed woodworking.

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Visual texture can bring a sense of place, age and interest. Shiplap has seen a resurgence in the revival of farmhouse décor. It can be used in any room, in hallways, on walls and ceilings, as headboards and above a fireplace. Today there are even ceramic tiles in the dimensions of shiplap that can be used in wet areas such as showers. It has been used in mid-century design and modern farmhouses as well as historical cottages and rural farmhouses. It defines a space, especially if it is used both on the walls and ceilings. Used horizontally it draws the eye forward and used vertically it draws the eye upward. Used on a ceiling, it can make a space feel wider.

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For the lovers of art, shiplap on the ceiling and wainscoting on the walls allow enough smooth wall space to present and highlight works of art. Above a fireplace, on one accent wall or as a headboard is creates a focal point. It can be painted traditional white, stained wood grain or painted a dark color for dramatic effect. Great woodworking tugs at the heart.

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