3 Ways To Bring Your Skirting Boards Into The 21st Century

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.

Living room with lilac walls and typical, eggshell white skirting boards

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.

Beautiful bedroom with the skirting boards painted the same colour as the walls


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.

Big bathroom with a skirting board that's darker in colour than the walls


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.

3D effect skirting board


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!

3 Ways To Bring Your Skirting Boards Into The 21st Century

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?

Let me know in the comments below if you’d be willing to give coloured skirting boards a try at home.
If so, which approach would you go for?
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  1. 12/10/2018 / 7:40 am

    I love the idea of having the skirting boards two different colours. My house is grey so I think it would work well!

  2. 12/10/2018 / 5:35 pm

    It’s surprising how refreshing your skirting boards can change the whole look of a room.

  3. 12/10/2018 / 8:05 pm

    We need to do some redecorating soon. I will have a go at convincing my hubby that skirting boards the same colour as the walls are a good idea

  4. 12/10/2018 / 10:42 pm

    What simple but super effective idea. The two tone colour skirting looks fab xx

  5. 13/10/2018 / 11:58 pm

    Having the skirting boards the same colour as the wall is a great idea and something I’d love to try.

  6. 14/10/2018 / 10:05 am

    We’re just replacing our skirting boards in the bathroom! I love the idea of having them two different colours!

  7. 14/10/2018 / 11:23 am

    I think painting the skirting boards with two colours is a good idea. I’d personally like to try doing this.

  8. 14/10/2018 / 4:09 pm

    These ideas are so good. We are so boring with our decorating but I love the two different coloured skirting board idea.

  9. 14/10/2018 / 7:43 pm

    I love the idea of adding a deeper colour to the skirting boards, I’m sure this transforms any room 🙂 plus its a cheap way to modernise

  10. 14/10/2018 / 8:07 pm

    I love the idea of dark ones but whether or not i could be bothered with the work to turn them back to white again when the fascination wears off is unclear! lol

  11. 15/10/2018 / 10:35 am

    We really need to replace our skirting boards but just cannot afford it at the moment

  12. Sally Akins
    15/10/2018 / 11:08 am

    I love the idea of the dark sideboards, I’d never thought of that and it looks fab

  13. 15/10/2018 / 11:51 am

    Ohhh I love the two coloured skirtings, How lush

  14. 15/10/2018 / 8:34 pm

    Wow. This looks pretty cool. I want this on my bedroom too!

  15. 25/10/2018 / 8:13 am

    OMG! I love it! Hmm.. It looks like I need to do some redecorating soon.. Thanks for sharing this great idea!!!!

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