Farmhouse style has long been a love of mine.
The use of whites, creams, grays, and soft neutrals with raw wood and iron mixed in to ground the light colors is appealing to almost everyone. No bright colors or harsh elements, just cozy and clean without being overly done.
I’ve always loved how cozy farmhouse style spaces feel while still being livable as the rumpled and rustic look falls right in line. Farmhouses get a lot of abuse ya’ll!
The reality, however, is I that love paint colors, decorative finishes, unique design elements, and that unexpected pop of color that well-designed spaces execute so perfectly!
The Mr. and I are very lucky to own such a large piece of land that’s secluded from the crazy bustle of San Diego. We have animals and feel like its an escape from most of the local suburban areas that require living on top of your neighbor.
In its current state, our home doesn’t invoke the sense of peace I crave. So the use of simple neutral colors has become so appealing to me that I’m determined to tone it down and acheive the rustic farmhouse look, no matter how long it takes!
So I’ve been brainstorming and about some major changes to try and recreate the feeling of tranquility we both need at the end of a busy day.
Since I work with paint finishes our house serves as my playground for trying out new ideas, but I feel like its time for some simplicity and unity in our space.
I feel like nothing is working and just want to throw it all out and start over!
Does anyone else feel that way sometimes?
The living room is the most heavily used room in our home but the only windows are overshadowed by the covered porch that runs along the front of our house, so it always feels dark and any attempt to lighten it up is difficult.
So I have an idea…
What do you think about mixing white Shiplap and Board & Batten?
Luciane shared this amazing space over at Home Bunch that features a combination of these two wood styles on a stairwell built by Millhaven Homes in Utah. Though the two don’t share an adjoining wall at any point which would be the case in at least two places around the doorway of our rooms.
The idea of adding board & batten to the lower half of the dining room walls was already floating through my head.
Then, when perusing Instagram this morning I noticed a shiplap breakfast nook and the thought of mixing the 2 styles started to occur. So here we are.
To me, shiplap feels like a farmhouse or coastal finish while board & batten is more classic or formal depending on the style used.
Will the two styles sit well together in large spaces?
I love both wall finishes but don’t want to do the entire space in one or the other.
Shiplap would be overwhelming and cause a huge dilemma of what to do with the kitchen that adjoins the dining room walls.
Board & Batten is too formal to wrap around the entire space and wouldn’t work well with the living rooms picture windows.
Is it a crazy idea to combine them?
Shayna at The Wood Grain Cottage did an AMAZING job of combining the two in their home. Our ceilings are only 8 feet and I wouldn’t be taking the board & batten all the way up but she definitely makes me think its possible. The only issue is our entryways current beadboard backed board & batten would add a third element to the mix….
I think if I use the same paint color in a flat or satin sheen it should combine the two looks and create a cohesive feel…
Or will it look like those old homes where at some point the enclosed porch was added to the living space?
Ya’ll know what I’m talking about, right?
The rooms that have wood paneling on one wall and the floor slants down. It very obviously used to be a porch but some brilliant person decided at one point to just rip the wall out and extend the living area. Gotta love those people.
If you have never experienced this phenomenon then please excuse my midwestern roots and forget you now know such problems exist.
I’m thinking about white plank walls in living room and board & batten for the dining room. They join through a wide doorway and can be seen from all the main areas (entry, kitchen, etc).
Our entryway already has board & batten with beadboard backing. I don’t want to use headboard in the dining room since it’s not a formal space (plus beadboard is difficult to keep clean).
The added benefit to planking our living room would be that 3 of the 4 walls are textured. I hate the knockdown texture used to finish homes the 70s!
I could go on and on about my disdain for bad knock-down texture but needless to say, I dislike everything about it!
And trust me, if the work required to skimcoat the walls didn’t make my skin crawl I’d be doing that right now instead of writing this post!
So, covering the textured walls is definitely appealing!
My biggest fear isn’t telling the Mr. I’m starting over (although that’s a valid fear), it’s putting all the time, money, and effort into completing both rooms only to realize the result is the exact opposite of the simplicity and unity I’m after.
Do you think I’m taking it a bit too far or would it add some much needed architectural detail to our plain 70s ranch style interior?
Should I go for it or do you think it’s a horrible idea?