Years ago we installed board and batten in our downstairs bathroom and also on the wall up the stairway. 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.
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.
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.
Another bedroom example shows the board and batten going all the way up the wall. It adds simple architectural detailing in any space.
I love the use of board and batten in the bathroom. It creates a cozy cottage vibe.
A modern farmhouse living room pairs board-and-batten siding with a tongue and groove ceiling. Pretty!
Here’s the board and batten my hubby installed going up our stairway and in the hallway beyond. He used a chair rail at the top and then used narrow wood strips to create the illusion of true board-and-batten siding. It saved us a lot of money and time doing it this way. Since there’s no window in the upstairs hallway, the painted board and batten brightens up the area.
Board and Batten: Exterior Examples
Board-and-batten siding looks equally beautiful on the outside of a house, too.
A cozy cottage wears a mix of siding styles.
Brick pairs well with board and batten too, as evidenced by this charming ranch home.
And finally, two colors of board and batten beautify this modern country farmhouse that also wears a bit of stonework on the front.
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.