Shiplap wall paneling – One of the easiest ways to cover panels is to paint over it. If panels go from floor to ceiling, simply paint the entire wall in a color of your choice. For panels that only reach halfway on the wall, you have the ability to paint the entire wall in the same color or paint the upper and lower parts in complementary shades. Because wood panel tends to be dark, using a light shadow covers it immediately turns the room, lighter and widen the space. Be sure to prime panels before painting it so that color sticks to the surface better.
Another way to mask the appearance of dated shiplap wall paneling is to cover it with wallpaper. This method requires some work because the wallpaper cannot really stick to a structured or roughened surface like panels. Placing feed paper on panels gives a smooth, flat surface that you can easily apply the wallpaper over. If you’re still worried about the wall looking uneven, go with a structured wallpaper that can help the mask easily unevenness that can glow through. Patterned wallpaper can also help.
If you prefer a more elegant solution to cover your shiplap wall paneling, consider using fabric. It may seem like a weird idea, but the fabric acts as a kind of wallpaper that you can remove when you want to change the look of your room. Begin by washing panels to remove any dirt or residues that may be on the surface. Choose a light fabric, like gingham, polished cotton or chintz, in a color or pattern that you like and cut it to fit panel-clad parts of the room.