How to Choose Your Skirting Boards

It would be difficult to argue that choosing skirting boards is the most exciting part of putting together an interior design scheme, but it is nevertheless important. It's details such as these that make everything work together harmoniously. Not only must they fit complement the design aesthetically but they also need to tick the required practicality boxes. They were originally designed to hide the gap between the wall and the floor and protect the wall from feet, furniture, vacuum cleaners and floor polish. With wooden floors a skirting board is absolutely essential due to the natural movement, expansion and contraction on the flooring. In older properties where embedding pipes and cables into the wall isn't an option they also give you a way to hide these unsightly necessities. In new builds it is becoming more and more popular to put electrical cables and pipework into the skirting boards anyway, simply to provide easy access.

Today skirting boards have become more than just a functional feature. They now come with a wide variety of mouldings and are available in a number of materials. Unsurprisingly wooden skirting remains t most popular. There's obviously a wide variety within the wooden category. Different types of wood, different finishes, painted or not are just a few of the options you can chose from. Mouldings are becoming increasingly less popular and are only really recommended if you're going for a very traditional look. But mouldings can give this often overlooked feature some real character.

Another aspect of your skirting board that you will need to decide upon is the height. The first thing you must ensure is that there is consistency throughout the property, varying heights look very strange. If you are redoing the whole house's skirting or building a new property then the height of the walls should be the number one consideration - the higher the walls, the higher the boards. Don't forget about radiators (buying skirting board that doesn't fit beneath the piping is a costly mistake!)

If you have skirting in your property that you really like and want to put in another room but can't find them anywhere don't worry, a quality joiner should be able to replicate what you're after. One of the best pieces of advice we can give is to find pictures online of a whole interior design scheme that you like and have a close look at the skirting board. Ask yourself - would this work well in my property? This is much better than finding a skirting board that you like the look of and trying to make it work in your house's interior design.