Skirting boards are usually used for both functional and aesthetic reasons. Functionally, they help to hide the unsightly expansion gaps for wooden floors and uneven plaster finishes. Some of them can also be used as conduits for cables. Aesthetically, they contribute quite a lot to the interior design of the room. To get the best of both aesthetics and functionality, you need to consider various factors when choosing. Below are some of the top considerations to make.
Skirting boards can be made from a variety of materials. The different types of materials used come with their pros and cons, usually with a significant price difference. MDF skirting boards, for example, are cheaper compared to others. However, they are more susceptible to warping, cracks, and chips. Higher quality materials, such as solid oak skirting boards, usually provide better aesthetics and last much longer, though they are a bit more expensive. Your budget might be a limiting factor, but a good recommendation is to avoid going too cheap.
Scale and Proportion
You also need to consider room’s size to determine the right size of the skirting board you should choose for it. For high ceilings, taller skirting boards are usually more appropriate. For rooms with low ceilings, taller skirting boards will create an illusion of horizontal lines, which will make the room appear much shorter. Generally, you can use the skirting boards to adjust the perceived proportions of any room. A general guide to help you make the right choice is the skirting boards should be approximately 1/18 of the room’s height.
The skirting boards’ design will affect the aesthetic effect that the boards will have on the room. Given that skirting boards’ design is mostly a decorative element, your choice will primarily be determined by your taste and preferences. You only need to ensure that your choice will match the interior design of the room. The architecture of the house and design and size of doors might also influence your decision.
The color of the skirting board is another obvious consideration to make. Your choice should factor in the color of the wall and floor and the colors of the room’s furniture and curtains. Ensure that all the colors compliment each other for the best overall visual appearance of the room. The skirting boards’ color might not be so much of an important consideration if you intend to paint them after installation.