The skirting board is an element that has an important practical and decorative function. Often, we tend to underestimate its visual impact, perhaps because it almost tends to disappear when well placed in the context. But try to choose the wrong skirting board: it will be impossible not to notice the jarring effect.

Making the right choice is therefore of fundamental importance. Skirting World has the best skirting boards for your home in different designs and sizes.

How to choose skirting boards

It is almost always said "to choose the tiles," and it is assumed that the skirting board is almost an included element. This is not the case: in fact, the skirting board is a point on which we must dwell, evaluating its combination with the floor, the color or the wall covering, and, of course, with the overall atmosphere of the house.

The choice of skirting boards in terms of colors, materials, and profiles is practically infinite. The combinations multiply if you open your mind to unexpected combinations.

In order not to give in to disorientation, however, it is possible to follow some standard guidelines: below are the most important.

Skirting - the main materials

The main materials used to make skirting boards are:

  • Wood: the skirtings made in this way are ideal for combining with parquet; they combine the value of resistance and easy cleaning with the fading of shades over time

  • Ceramic: always combined with floors of the same material, they are the most suitable choice for covering soberly furnished environments, both classic and modern

  • Marble: ideal for rooms intended to be furnished in a classic and refined style

  • PVC: very versatile because it can take on the appearance of many other materials, to match perfectly with practically all environments

  • Terracotta: perfect for covering the lower part of the walls of outdoor or rustic environments

  • Aluminum: a somewhat unusual material but the only good choice for hi-tech style rooms

Which profile for the skirting board?

"Profile" is the term used to identify the shape of the skirting board. A skirting board can only have a narrow and long shape, but when we talk about the profile, we refer to the characteristics of the corners of the skirting board itself. Here are the most used profiles and when to choose them.

  • Sharp edge skirting board: this is the most used type, perhaps because of its simplicity. With the shape of a regular parallelepiped, it is suitable for modern and simply furnished environments.

  • Owl beak: rounded in the upper corner, it can contain a casing, making it very suitable for use in a study or in a bedroom with a desk corner. In addition to giving excellent aesthetics, it prevents dust from accumulating at the top.

  • With foot: it remains spaced from the wall in the lower part, creating an effect of continuity with the floor. It is particularly suitable for rustic environments and natural materials such as wood.

Skirting: What color?

Once you have identified the material and the profile, you will have to ask yourself which color to choose for the skirting board. Here, of course, personal tastes and the willingness, or not, to dare and get out of the canons a bit come into play.

Another idea is to choose, for the skirting board, the material of the floor but the color of the wall, to create a bridge effect between the two.

How high should the baseboard be?

There is no need to worry too much about the measures, as the size of the skirting board tends to be standard:

  • height: 6-8cm

  • thickness: 1-2 cm

  • length: 2.40 - 3.00 m (adaptable, of course, to all sizes)

Some exceptions can be made to the above standards related to the style of the environment. These are some of the common features to consider when buying skirting boards.

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