Making Our House A Home | Skirting Board Three Ways

Room colour and interior design aside there are house fittings that I deem conventional and an utter necessity. My husband would disagree about having coving in a room, but I grew up with it and I just think it rounds off nicely where the ceiling meets the top of the wall. Another thing that I think should be in every room is skirting board – to me these are the two basic things, aside from the four walls, ceiling and floor, that I think every room should have.

In the ‘olden days’, as I’d say, they used to be called mop boards but with advances in mops there isn’t so much water being splashed up against the wall now. Plus, if they weren’t there, you’d only get to see where the plastering had finished right? I love angular, clean lines when it comes to woodwork around the house and skirting is no exception to the rule. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t help them ‘make’ the room.

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Obviously skirting board has a purpose, it isn’t just an aesthetics ‘thing’ that people put in for the sake of it. It hides a multitude of sins and the aesthetics is a bonus. So, the only decision that really remains is what kind of skirting are you going to have? Our house, at the moment, has what I think is called ‘Ogee’ type and it’s an absolute nightmare in this house because of the kids and the fact it collects dust on the ridges like you wouldn’t believe.

Thankfully we’ll be saying goodbye to that because, if you’ve read my blog for a little while, you’ll know that we’re moving house. We’ll probably be opting for something a little less decorative and something a little easier to clean although, come to think of it, I’ve not taken much notice of what skirting board our new house will have! Anyway, here are three ways you can create a contemporary look in your home using the skirting board.

Skirting Board With Contrast

Skirting board is a great way to create a cohesive look around a house but if you don’t want to stick with the traditional wood or eggshell white then why not paint your skirting board a contrasting colour – not that there’s anything wrong with leaving the wood effect of course.

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Image above: Helena from Babyfoote said she likes keeping the wood untreated and unpainted.

If you’re going for soft palettes in a room then go a few shades darker to keep the overall feel soft but if you want harsh lines then consider a much darker colour to the one you have on your walls.

Ultimately you could even go for super contrast and paint it a feature colour that’s totally different to the colour on your walls. Think vibrant, think statement, think bold. Who says you have to keep it to the skirting board? Go for the architrave round the doors and even the dado rail if you have one. Looks like this typically set a room apart so if you have a room that you really want to make ‘pop’ then break your interior chains and experiment a little. You never know, you might just be surprised.

Consider The Skirting Board Finish

Doesn’t everyone go for the same old, same old these days? Eggshell. I know I did when we redecorated a couple of years ago. Admittedly I wanted something that I could easily wipe down, something neutral and just something easy to be honest. I’m guilty, yes!

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Image above: Jess from Jess and Bodhi says that “the skirting board in her kitchen and dining room are made out of our floor tiles”

Think about where your skirting will be on show and whether you want it to fade into the background (or wall as it were) or whether you want to give it that little bit extra. There’s nothing wrong with a little gloss or matte finish, oh no! Just make sure you do it right and your skirting board will be on point!

Match Your Skirting Board To The Wall (& Coving)

Another option that you might not have considered is painting your skirting board the same colour as your wall, and even extend it to the coving. I’ve seen some rooms like this and they absolutely spectacular and it’s definitely an option I’m considering for the new house, even more so than the contrast effects. I think I would still prefer to keep the architrave a different colour though.

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Image above: Tracey from The Williams World said that her skirting boards” are the same colour as her walls. Not only that but her husband has informed her that the majority of our skirting boards are also non white!” 

Painting everything in the same shade is particularly popular in smaller housers because the lack of border gives the illusion of more open space, rather than linear and defined areas. There are no contrasts to draw your eye from the size of the room and this, added with a particularly lovely mirror, will do wonders for opening up a room.

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Image above: Laura from Edinburgh With Kids says “ours are the same colour as the wall. Helps add height!”

I think if you’re going to do this you don’t want to do it white because it will become very clinical. Super dark feature shades work well, as do soft pastels.

Since looking around at different skirting board techniques I feel like I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of interior design. There’s always a rhyme, a reason or a technique when it comes to these things and I’m absolutely hoping to nail that in the new house. It’s going to be our home for the next 20, 30 or even 40 years so we want to get it right.

Have you done anything super bold with your skirting boards, architrave or dado rails? Do you even have them at all?

*This is a collaborative post.



  1. August 16, 2017 / 11:32 am

    We know of one interior designer who used a dado rail to frame sections of the wall with wallpaper inside. This was quite a unique idea. People have also used architrave to frame windows and loft hatches.

    • raisingtherings
      August 16, 2017 / 3:08 pm

      Oh that sounds really cool, what a good idea!

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