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Board and Batten Wall Ideas

With the DIY revolution that’s been going on for the last 10 years, we’ve seen a lot more fun and beautiful wall treatments becoming more mainstream. Wall treatments like shiplap, unique board and batten wall ideas, picture frame moulding, and even slatted walls have given homeowners an opportunity to make their homes even more of an expression of their styles. Of all the wall treatments out there, I love the versatility of board and batten.

What is Board and Batten?

Board and batten is a wall treatment paneling style that uses narrow strips of wood alternately with wide boards for a geometric, layered aesthetic.

Board and batten has been around for centuries. Seen in medieval and gothic architecture, it became popular again in the late nineteenth century in exterior home construction. It rose in popularity around Europe before becoming popular here in the United States during the Victorian era.

According to the popular home site, Bob Vila, board and batten is, “a striking dimensional finishing treatment, board and batten, is enjoying renewed popularity, with homeowners installing it both on the exterior and indoors. Historically a staple of Arts and Crafts architecture, board and batten originated as a form of house siding. The term “batten” refers to the strip of molding placed across the joint between boards. The resulting look boasts an attractive geometry: strong vertical lines balanced by a sense of texture across the horizontal.”

Today, board and batten is a popular interior wood construction that goes on existing walls creating a unique wall treatment. There are many options to use board and batten in your home and we’ll get into some of them soon. Board and batten is popular in hallways, as bedroom accent walls, it’s even been done on ceilings.

What’s the difference between Board and Batten and Shiplap?

Shiplap and board and batten are two different wood construction wall treatments. Traditional shiplap has a groove cut into the top and bottom of the board that allows the pieces to fit together snugly, forming a tight seal. This gives shiplap its distinctive appearance of snugly fit tight horizontal boards. Board and batten has a less uniform look and can be created in many different ways. Traditional board and batten use narrow strips (batten) of wood alternately with wider spaces (board).

Can Board and Batten Add Value to Your Home?

It can. Board and batten is custom millwork. If done tastefully, it can add value to your home by giving it a more custom look. Adding board and batten to a home that has mostly builder-grade finishes can help the home stand out when it’s time to sell.

Where Should I use Board and Batten?

Interior board and batten wall treatments have become really popular in the last few years and you see them in many areas of the home. I love traditional board and batten in an entryway, mudroom, hallway, bathroom, and bedroom. For more unique or modern spins on board and batten, you can do an accent wall in a bedroom or make a grand statement on a stairway. Board and batten is a really nice way to add visual interest to otherwise blank walls. I don’t think you can go wrong with it in any of the areas mentioned above. I would just advise that you not overdo it. There is such thing as too much board and batten so if you love wall treatments, try to mix it up.

A Note About Faux Board and Batten

True board and batten has actual boards that cover the walls and the narrow strips of wood (batten) are used to cover the seams of the boards. It is very common now to do a faux version of board and batten that doesn’t require the use of the boards. With a faux board and batten wall treatment, you would attach the narrow strips of wood directly to the wall to create the look of board and batten without the actual boards. This is very common among DIYers and will be included in a lot of the examples that I share below.

Board and Batten Wall Ideas

Next, we’ll explore different board and batten wall ideas that are worth trying out. These range from traditional looks to some that are more unique and adventurous!

Traditional board and batten

If you have a craftsman-style home then board and batten and your home already go hand in hand. Even if you don’t, traditional board and batten go with a lot of different home styles and is a great way to get your feet wet with DIY wall treatments. Let’s take a look at some ideas for traditional board and batten.

Board and Batten Hallway

Board and batten in a hallway gives such character to an otherwise boring space.

white board and batten with a blue upper wall with whale wall art and two towels on towel hooks
Faux Board and Batten in a Bathroom

We did a faux board and batten in our bathroom and added a couple of towel hooks.

Board and Batten Entryway

Entryways are another great place to add board and batten. Crisp white board and batten with a constrating color on top is beautiful and inviting.

Full Wall Board and Batten

How about a board and batten wall that goes almost all the way up to the ceiling with a tiny hint of wallpaper? I like it.

Horizontal Board and Batten Ideas

Board and batten can be horizontal as well as vertical. A unique play on traditional board and batten is a modern nod to an old favorite. Horizontal board and batten has a more coastal feel to me. I love the look. Let’s take a peek and some inspiration photos of horizontal board and batten.

How to build a board and batten accent wall - horizontal board and batten feature wall.
Horizontal Board and Batten in a Bedroom

Horizontal board and batten in our girls’ bedroom served as a fun accent wall.

Modern Horizontal Board and Batten

I love this modern take on board and batten. It almost has a shiplap feel without taking on the whole farmhouse vibe.

Grid Style Board and Batten Ideas

One of my favorite board and batten looks is a grid style board and batten accent wall. These can be made to look a bit more traditional with crisp white paint or they can look more bold by adding a punch of color. Either way, a grid style board and batten accent wall gives unique visual interest to any space.

White Grid Style Board and Batten

White grid style board and batten is a fun play on traditional board and batten without being too bold.

Bold Grid Board and Batten Wall

See what a difference a bold paint color can make on a board and batten accent wall? This moody space is full of style starting with that board and batten accent wall.

Non-Traditional Board and Batten Ideas

Now that we’ve seen traditional board and batten looks, let’s see what non-traditional board and batten looks like. Board and batten can be pretty much anything that includes narrow strips of wood and boards that are little wider. I’ve seen herringbone style board and batten, diamond shaped, and more. Let’s take a look at a few really unique board and batten ideas.

Diamond Board and Batten Accent Wall

If you want something different and unique, this diamond trellis board and batten accent wall is really pretty.

Herringbone Board and Batten Accent Wall

Herringbone is another pattern that looks great as a board and batten accent wall. It’s playful and looks great in a kid space as you can see above.

Arched Board and Batten Accent Wall

This arched board and batten wall has to be my very favorite of all the board and batten ideas I’ve seen lately. It’s so elegant yet unexpected. It’s the perfect accent for a bedroom or dining room. I love this board and batten feature.

Wrapping Up

Board and batten is a really versatile wood wall treatment that is a totally DIY-able upgrade for your home. Board and batten can be added to so many different home styles to execute a more polished design. I hope you found some really good board and batten ideas that are worth trying. I know I have a few favorites from this list!

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