It would be difficult to argue that choosing skirting boards is the most exciting part of putting together an interior design scheme, but it’s still important. It is details like these that make everything work together harmoniously. Not only do they have to adapt aesthetically to the design, but they also need to tick the boxes of functionality needed. They were initially designed to hide the space between the wall and the floor and protect the wall from feet, furniture, vacuum cleaners and floor polish. With wooden floors a baseboard is absolutely essential due to the natural movement, expansion and contraction of the floor. In older properties where embedding pipes and cables into the wall is not an option, they also offer a way to hide these unpleasant needs. In new buildings it is becoming increasingly popular to insert electrical cables and pipes into the baseboards, simply to allow easy access.
Today baseboards have become more than just functionality. Now they come with a wide variety of moldings and are available in numerous materials. Not surprisingly wooden skirting boards remain the most popular. There is obviously a great variety in the wood category. Different types of wood, different finishes, painted or unpainted are just some of the options you can choose. Moldings are becoming less and less popular and are only really recommended if you are looking for a very traditional look. But the moldings can give this often overlooked feature a real character.
Another aspect of the baseboard that you will have to decide is the height. The first thing you need to ensure is that there is consistency across the property, different heights seem very strange. If you are redoing the whole house skirting board or building a new property, the height of the walls should be the number one consideration: the higher the walls, the higher the boards. Don’t forget the radiators (buying a baseboard that doesn’t fit under the pipes is a costly mistake!)
If you have a baseboard on your property that you really like and want to put it in another room, but you can’t find them anywhere, don’t worry, a quality carpenter should be able to replicate what you are looking for. One of the best tips we can give is to find pictures of an entire interior design scheme you like online and take a close look at the baseboards. Ask yourself: would it work well on my property? It is much better than finding a skirting board that you like the look of and trying to make it work in the interior design of your home.
by Deborah Heath