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How to choose the best skirting boards and architraves for your home

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This guide outlines the key factors to take note of when you are selecting skirting boards and architraves to finish your home.

There are several considerations that you should take into account when you are choosing the right style of skirting boards and architraves. This can include the colour, style, dimensions, and how the mouldings fit in with your lifestyle.

You may think choosing your skirting boards, and mouldings may seem insignificant compared to some of the larger décor decisions during your home renovations. However, the small details can really add up, and the choices you make can have a big impact on the final design of your space.

In this article, we will review some tips for installing skirting and architrave to help you find the right combination for your home.

How to choose the right architrave

First, we will go over choosing the right architrave for your home. You should consider several things, and we will go over these below.

Colour

If you want your architrave and skirting board profiles to match, then you have more of a chance of making this happen if you choose ones that are the same colour.

A similar profile can match if you use a natural wood material such as oak, pine, tulipwood, or sapele. However, if you leave these untreated, this can lead to some possible flaws being highlighted.

If you are set on matching your skirting board designs and architraves, it’s best to use a primer and paint them in a colour that complements the rest of the décor.

Dimensions

Once you have decided on skirting boards, you must choose the right dimensions for your architrave. Most people choose the same profile type but at a smaller height. However, you can mix and match the profiles to create a stunning and unique final look if you wish.

You can choose architraves based on the height of your skirting boards or your doors’ height.

How to choose the right skirting boards

We will now go over how to choose the right skirting boards for your home. Read on for our best tips.

Style

When choosing the right skirting boards for your home, it’s important to consider the overall architectural and interior design look you’re trying to create for the home.

Below is a list of some popular design styles and the types of skirting boards that would match up best with these styles. This should give you a better understanding of the direction to go when choosing a style of skirting board to match your particular décor.

  • Modern – Modern designs are all about sleek, sharp designs with hard lines. In modern homes, people often opt for a minimal shadow line skirting or small profile skirting boards with hard lines and a sharpness to them. Current trends have also brought in the use of high, thin skirting boards with simple designs in addition to a large flat space. Don’t be afraid of experimenting with the size of your skirting boards. However, if you’re going for a modern aesthetic, choose something quite simple, and you can’t go wrong.
  • Victorian – When trying to create a Victorian-style décor, the general rule of thumb is that more is better. This contrasts with modern designs that focus on simplicity. If you want to achieve a Victorian theme, think bigger. Consider a highly detailed dado rail, intricate wall panelling, and highly decorating skirting boards. You want your skirting boards to look intricate, balanced, and elegant so that they can complement the type of design style that you’re going for.
  • Hamptons – A traditional Hamptons style will make use of high, thick skirting boards that feature large, rounded features. This creates a bold, stand-out look and also helps the skirting boards hold their own interesting features, such as wall wainscoting.
  • French Provincial – A French Provincial style calls for symmetrical design features, classic proportions and a range of decorative elements. Skirting boards are a key, stand-out feature in French-style homes as they tend to be very ornate and feature detailed decorations. Various mouldings are used in French-themed homes, such as fireplace features, wall panelling, and big cornices, so this is something to keep in mind if you are trying to achieve this kind of aesthetic.

Dimensions

When choosing your skirting board dimensions, it’s a good idea to take a look at your ceiling height to determine the height of the skirting boards. In many cases, the higher your ceilings, the higher your skirting boards should be to match. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. You can bend the rules a little if you’re looking to achieve a certain look with your skirting boards.

If your ceiling height is quite short, larger skirting boards may fill the room and make it seem smaller than it is, so this may be something you want to avoid. If you’re looking to create a cosier space, however, then you can try experimenting with your skirting boards and architrave sizes to try to achieve the cosy look you’re going for.

Using smaller mouldings in a room with a high ceiling will create the illusion of more height and make the room seem broader and taller.

Your Lifestyle

If your home is a family home filled with children and pets, you may want to choose a high skirting board which will provide some extra protection for your walls. This is especially true in rooms where you have added wallpaper to the walls or where the walls have been painted in a bold colour, as marks and chips will become increasingly visible as time goes on.

A high skirting board is considered to be one that is 185mm or larger. This height of the skirting board suits most spaces. A busy profile style will work very well in a room with more space. If you’re working with a smaller space, it’s recommended that you opt for a less busy skirting board style. This can include a skirting board with some detailing on the top area but with 50% or more flat space on the bottom part.

Profile Combinations

It’s not essential that your skirting boards and architrave match with one another. In fact, you can create some very interesting designs if you choose to mix and match the two. However, if you do choose to mix and match your designs, there are a few things to keep in mind. These include the following:

  • If the two profiles you choose are very different in appearance, you may have to use a skirting block so that the area where the two mouldings meet doesn’t look too messy or busy.
  • You must ensure that the architrave and skirting board you choose have the same thickness level.
  • Try to stick to profiles that have similar features. For example, if you’re going for bold curves or sharp lines, try to ensure both mouldings have these features. Mixing and matching with completely opposite designs is not a great idea.
  • Try to stick with complementary height combinations for the skirting boards and the architraves based on your room size.