Home Improvement plans for 2023 - First the Skirting boards


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My house is in serious need of some TLC, especially as the early years of parenting are now out of the way & putting travel before interiors but it's come to the point that I need to give my home a little attention and while I have practically not budget, after Christmas, I am planning to do what I can myself, starting with repainting every room so we can start the New Year feeling fresh. 

My skirting boards are looking particularly unloved at the moment I'm not actually sure when they were last painted (it's got to be at least a decade I'm guessing). It can however be tricky to know what colour to paint your skirting boards and some thought does need to go into it as it helps tie the room together.

Do you leave them a natural wood colour? Or, perhaps you want them a nice simple white to match your doors and architrave. Then, of course, there is always the idea that you might want your skirting boards to stand out, be a feature of the room perhaps in a bright colour, or a colour to match your walls.

Years ago, the majority of people would either leave their skirting boards plain, showing off the natural wood, or paint them white. However, these days, interior design trends have got people thinking differently about their skirting board choices. Experimenting with different colours, going bright and bold to fit in with their interior design theme.

So, once you have your new skirting boards from places such as Skirting World, all you need to do is pick a paint colour - easy huh!


Where To Start

The only place you can really start is by knowing what you want from the space.

Do you have a specific theme in mind? Perhaps going for the minimalistic look with clean lines and natural colours. Or, maybe you want your skirting boards to stand out? To know where to begin with your skirting board choices, you need to know where you plan to go with them in a design sense.

Going Modern

If you plan to go down the modern route with your interior design choices, then perhaps a contemporary shade of gloss might suit your taste. Another way to go might be to colour match your skirting boards with your coving and/or architrave, with a different colour on the walls. The pop of colour frames the room perfectly.

Go Bright & Bold

If you aren’t a fan of the clinical whites, you could drench your skirting boards in bold, bright colours. Make your skirting boards more of a feature than someone to be hidden away.

Dench the skirting boards in your personality and style to create a space that feels inviting and really shows off who you are to your guests. You could also paint your skirting boards in a similar colour to the rest of the space to add a striking depth to the room.

High Traffic Areas

Think about the colours you plan to use on your skirting boards, especially in the high-traffic, or high-usage areas of your home.

For example, painting your skirting boards black in a utility or laundry room might not be the best idea, especially if you get a lot of dust from clothes…etc. The dust will be clearly visible against the black background which will mean you spend more time dusting to keep them looking nice.

Or, having white skirting boards in a boot room, for example, could also be an impractical idea. The mud and dust from the boots will again, mean you spend more time trying to keep them looking clean.

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What Colour Should Skirting Boards Be?

Traditionally, skirting boards have either generally been painted white to match doors, coving…etc, or left showing their natural wood effect. However, in more recent years skirting has been used as more of a feature, than a necessity to be hidden away. So, there is no right or wrong colour to paint your skirting boards. Paint them any colour you like, or leave them in their natural state if you’d rather. You do you!

Should Skirting Match The Doors?

Again, this is completely down to you and your personal preference. Having them match does tend to make them look cleaner and more simple. Yet this doesn’t have to be the case, you could have everything a different colour if that’s what you love and suits your design theme and personality.

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