Get the Most Out of Skirting Boards for Home Decor

Living room interior with blue sofa

Who doesn’t want to have a nice home. One that gets visitors to exclaim, “What a nice house you have?” Well, contrary to popular belief, you do not need a water feature smack in the middle of the lounge area, neither do you need expensive furniture or priceless artwork (although they may help…) to make the interior of your home look unique. 

When it comes to home décor, it’s the small things that count. Something that is often overlooked in home décor is the effective use of skirting boards which run along the bottom of the walls and are primarily designed to offer low level protection against knocks as well as hiding the seam between floor and wall. They come in MDF, wood or impact resistant paintable polymer styles, offering plenty of options including a rear cavity for hiding pipework and cables.

The simple addition of a skirting board to the walls of your rooms can add personality and style to any living space with little effort, provided it’s been utilised properly. Keeping that in mind, the following are some tips that you can use to make sure your living space stands out. 

Why Include Skirting Boards to Improve Home Décor? 

It’s easy to forget about the importance of skirting boards when it comes to the interior décor of a home. But that would be a big mistake since the design of skirting boards is intended to add an extra layer of decoration on the walls which helps create a unique ambiance for any room. When choosing a skirting board for your home, it’s important that the skirting boards match the overall décor of the living space. 

Colour Choices

The colour you choose for the skirting boards can either make or break its appearance. When asked about this, the most common reply you would get from most people is “white.” But, that’s not the only colour option out there when it comes to these mouldings.

Furthermore, using a colour other than white can enhance the overall appearance of not just the skirting board, but the room as well. While white is the most popular colour, using darker skirting boards can be used as a contrast for a lighter painted wall or jazzy wallpaper. In this way, you can mix and match the colours to suit your personal style.

Skirting Board Height

Properties from different historical periods and different countries will vary in the height of the skirting fitted. Period English properties will often feature a tall skirting board, whereas modern or European properties tend to favour a more minimalist height and look. In order to create a high level visual look without actually installing an oversize plinth, you can employ a small trick. Fit a small profile with some panel/dado railing a set distance above and paint everything (including the wall) the same colour. Then fit wall paper (or a different paint scheme) above the panel railing, and you have the illusion of a larger skirting board than it is in reality!

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