When it comes to cutting-edge interior design, one of the absolute last things that will probably spring to mind is skirting boards. In my mind skirting boards are rather boring and a bit of a non-entity. I rarely ever notice them and can’t say I’ve even thought about them that much.
They briefly crossed my mind a couple of years ago when I noticed that the ones in our living room looked like they’d seen better days. You guys know how it is – layer upon layer of gloss paint sitting on them. Not very attractive at all. I happened to mention to Nathan that I’d like to replace them. But he said if we did we’d be running the risk of ripping the plaster off the wall and ending up with a much bigger job on our hands. And that was the last time I gave them a second thought. Until now, that is.
You see, I’ve been noticing a bit of a new trend when it comes to skirting boards recently. They’re not boring anymore. We’re used to seeing skirting boards similar to those in the picture above, aren’t we? Skirting boards painted with pristine white gloss no matter what colour the wall is.
Have you ever been into a home that doesn’t have white or, at a push, natural wood coloured skirting boards? I know I haven’t. But in the last year or two, I’ve been noticing a change of approach in the way that interior designers and paint companies are treating the humble skirting board. And today I thought I’d talk about 3 of these approaches so you can get an idea of how you can bring your own skirting boards into the 21st century.
01. HAVE THE SKIRTING BOARDS THE SAME COLOUR AS THE WALL
It’s a lot more common nowadays to see the skirting boards, doors and door frames all painted the same colour as the walls. And there’s a good reason for this! Having the same colour all the way down from the ceiling to the floor creates a strong, clean look and generates a sense of calm in a room. This approach works well in a small space as the absence of a clearly defined outline around the room really exaggerates its size, making it look much bigger than it is.
02. HAVE THE SKIRTING BOARDS A DARKER COLOUR THAN THE WALL
For a bold, striking look you could try painting the skirting board a much darker shade than the walls, just like in the picture above. The use of a dark colour on skirting boards not only makes the walls appear lighter in contrast, but it also creates a strong contemporary aesthetic, making everything above it feel elongated and brighter. I would like to try something like this in my own home.
03. PAINT THE SKIRTING BOARDS TWO DIFFERENT COLOURS
And, finally, I just had to talk about this brilliant idea featured in the image above, where the skirting board has been given an awesome 3D effect by being painted in both black and grey. I think it looks really effective. Especially alongside the pop of colour from the yellow stair risers. Not only does it immediately grab your attention, but it also reduces the risk of tripping or falling on the stairs. Brilliant!
So there you have it, we may only ever see white gloss skirting boards, but there is a whole world of exciting design options out there just waiting to be explored. Next time you decide to replace your skirting boards don’t just opt for brilliant white. Stop and think for a minute. Decide what you’d like to achieve with your skirting and consider all your options. Maybe, just maybe, I’ve convinced you to be a little bolder with your choices and go for something a little braver?