The Stunning Look of Board and Batten: Inside and Out

Years ago we installed board and batten in our downstairs bathroom and also on the wall up the stairway. More recently we added it to our dining room. It’s one of my favorite architectural elements because it’s easy to install, it adds instant dimension, and it’s fairly inexpensive. In addition to all that, board and batten looks great both indoors and out. Today I’m sharing examples of both.

Board and Batten: Indoor Examples

Board and batten is a smart solution for spaces with soaring ceilings like the stairway next to this entryway. By applying it only partially up the wall, it breaks up the space and keeps the entryway from feeling too voluminous.

Bright Entryway with Board and Batten SidingPhoto by Tongue & Groove

A stunning farmhouse dining room gets a bright and airy look with board and batten. Basically, board and batten includes side boards separated by narrow wood strips called battens. You can create a faux look by simply placing the narrow strips evenly apart on the wall, and then painting the wall and the strips the same color to look like true board-and-batten siding.

Board and Batten in Farmhouse Dining RoomPhoto by Sophie Metz Design

Once again, a soaring ceiling is broken up with board and batten on the lower portion of the walls. Pegs were added to the top board to hang pretty items.

Blue and White Country BedroomPhoto by LDa Architecture & Interiors

Another bedroom example shows the board and batten going all the way up the wall. It adds simple architectural detailing in any space.

Board and Batten in BedroomPhoto by Rethink Design Studio

I love the use of board and batten in the bathroom. It creates a cozy cottage vibe.

Powder Room with Board and BattenPhoto by Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc

A modern farmhouse living room pairs board-and-batten siding with a tongue and groove ceiling. Pretty!

Modern Country Living RoomPhoto by Modern Organic Interiors

Here’s the board and batten my hubby installed in the dining room. I love the dimension it adds to the space. 

Board and Batten in Country Style Dining Room

Board and Batten: Exterior Examples

Board-and-batten siding looks equally beautiful on the outside of a house, too.

White Farmhouse with Board-and-Batten SidingPhoto by Peterssen/Keller Architecture

A cozy cottage wears a mix of siding styles.

Cozy CottagePhoto by Grove Park Fine Homes

Brick pairs well with board and batten too, as evidenced by this charming ranch home.

Ranch Home with Brick and Board and BattenPhoto by Bruce Clodfelter and Associates

And finally, two colors of board and batten beautify this modern country farmhouse that also wears a bit of stonework on the front.

Modern Country FarmhousePhoto by Royal Building Products

So while everyone is oohing and aahing over shiplap these days, consider trying board and batten instead. It’s pretty and is a bit easier on your budget.

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  1. These are beautiful rooms, I love board and batten. We are in the process of doing our Powder Room bathroom right now. We also did our bedroom month back. It just add so much to any room. :))

  2. How clever to use the wood strips to create the board and batten look on your stairway! It works wonderfully! So beautiful and smart 🙂

  3. It is a nice alternative to the shiplap-look. It looks a little more formal than the shiplap. I really like both looks along with bead board also.

  4. Hi my name is Tinker and I am interested in the floor plan of the white farmhouse with the garage in the front. Could you help me please? Thank you

  5. Nice! I’m a big fan of board and batten on exteriors. Inside is pretty too. I like shiplap, but it has really been overdone after it was seen so much on tv.

  6. These photos are all beautiful! I have shiplap on one wall in my living room around the fireplace. I really like it. I think some board and batten would look great in the master bedroom.