Although often a forgotten design detail, skirting boards really can change to complete feel and look of a room. Today I wanted to share some examples of how skirting boards have been integrated effortlessly into the design of a space, really adding character to the room, whether that be a new build property or an older house with original features.
Skirting boards, if you’re unfamiliar with their history, were designed to create a clean line between the wall plaster and flooring, while also protecting your chosen wallpaper or paint from everyday scuffs such as the vacuum.
I wanted to start with classic white skirting boards, but as these images show white certainly doesn’t have to be boring. Can you see how the thick band of white skirting above really makes the deep green shade on the walls pop? Taller skirting also adds a more luxurious feel to the design of the room, and while it makes the room look more expensive, it doesn’t actually cost that much more than ordinary skirting.
Painting the skirting boards in a contrasting shade to the walls adds an interesting design element to the room. By using darker paint, for example, it leads the eye to the end of the room which is ideal if you have a long thin space you’d like to feel more closed in and homely. Contrasting skirting boards used as an accent shade also allow you to tie in accessories and soft furnishings effortlessly.
If you want to make the room appear larger than it is, consider painting your walls the same colour floor to ceiling so you’re not breaking the room up with changes of colour. As you can see here in Kate Watson-Smyth’s bedroom, the forest green central wall creates a headboard effect, with textured wallpaper used to add interest. I doubt the design would have been as successful if the interiors blogger had used white skirting.
There’s no denying half painted walls are a growing trend within the interior design industry, and I predict we’ll see even more of them over the next twelve months as they move into more mainstream properties. Who’d have thought by doing less work, you’d be able to create such a statement, hey? It also allows you to compromise on a bolder colour choice without going full throttle – we’ve all been there where we’ve started to paint and suddenly the wash of colour choice fear runs over you. By including the skirting boards within your half painted wall design, you’re creating two strong blocks of colour.
Finally, I wanted to include these two examples of great interior design to showcase how skirting can work so well with varying materials. I love the use of wood paneling against the inky blue paint, making the skirting boards a central design feature within the room. Secondly, the marble flooring curved to create a skirting effect is both timeless and chic, creating an illusion of a larger flooring space and also, a clever way to protect paint from water.
After reading this, are skirting boards something you’d now consider when decorating your home? I love the look of white tall skirting as it looks incredibly plush without breaking the bank. Let me know below which is your favourite look.