Dahlia:nest – paint your skirting boards!

No.17 The Lido in eggshell, £57 for 2.5L, Earthborn. For a similar skirting board check out the Ogee from Skirting4U.

Whether your house is a shiny new build, a quaint country cottage or a traditional Victorian terrace they’ll all have something in common – skirting boards. The humble skirting board came about as a necessary covering up of the gap between the wall surface and the floor. Of course, it also serves as protection agains bumps from hoovers and general wear and tear from family life.



Walls painted in Providence Blue Premium Blend v700 walls & ceilings emulsion, £28 for 2.5L, skirting and dado rail in Seven Sisters White Premium Wood and Metal paint, £30 for 2.5L, Valspar.

On the whole, most people paint their woodwork white, and it matches the doors, architraves, picture and dado rails. It looks fresh against painted walls and therefore adds a contrast, especially against a darker colour like this blue/grey above. Although white will always have its place, it’s now being replaced by colour which can really add interest to a scheme. For a similar dado rail try Skirting4U’s Windsor design.



Walls painted in Pink Ground No.202 Estate Emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, skirting in Setting Plaster No.231 Estate Eggshell, £43.50 for 2.5L, floor in Pale Powder No.204 Modern Eggshell, £66 for 2.5L, desk in Setting Plaster as above, chair in Teresa’s Green No. 236 Estate Eggshell, £43.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball.

There are various ideas to try, above you can see two tones of pink used together. The skirting and table is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Setting Plaster and the wall is in Pink Ground. The contrast is subtle but really works due to the proportions of the deep skirting and the depth of the table. Both help to balance the look. For a similar style skirting board try the Ogee from Skirting4U.



Walls painted in Liquid Blue Premium Blend v700 walls & ceilings emulsion, £28 for 2.5L, Valspar. Skirting4U have a good match for this skirting board called Torus.

Painting the walls and skirting the same colour is becoming a popular trend. It doesn’t draw your eye to any particular point either – so it can help create the illusion of height in a room, and it’s a great way for creating a strong look for a modern space – or in a new build for example. Using accent colours like the yellow rug and black floor lamp (seen here) adds a contemporary edge to this predominantly blue scheme.



Walls painted in Modernist White matt emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5L, skirting painted in Amethyst eggshell, £22 for 750ml, Fired Earth.

To create a more dramatic look switch the obvious and paint the skirting in a beautiful deep tone whilst keeping the walls pale. If you live in a Victorian or Georgian house and your ceilings are particularly high this is the perfect antidote as your eye will automatically be drawn down. The wooden floors and shelving offer a rustic element which helps to contrast against the chalky paint finish.



Walls painted in Brassica No.271, ceiling painted in Stone Blue No. 86, both Estate Emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball.

As a rule, we tend to paint the ceiling white even if we’ve painted the skirting in the same colour as the walls, but here is an option that works really well. That is mainly because the ceiling and picture rail is light and the rest is a darker tone, and not forgetting the architrave and door that is painted in a neutral colour. The skirting and radiator are also painted in the main wall colour which helps them to blend in, it ‘pushes’ them away from your eye so you only notice the paler colours. The result is a modern style scheme but in a very traditional room.

[This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Skirting4U]

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