The Secret to Coloured Skirting Boards: Your Colour Guide

Obviously, we love skirting boards. They’re literally in our name. But even we have to admit that skirting boards haven’t always been at the sharp end of interior design.

Traditionally, colour choices have been pretty limited, with everyone from professional designers to homeowners preferring glossy white skirting boards or – on rare occasions – natural wood colours.

But times are changing, and coloured skirting boards are now a legitimate trend. What’s more, it’s not a difficult style to achieve. Simply choose our white-primed skirting boards, because they’re moisture-resistant and ready for an undercoat and gloss finish.

Whether you’re looking to give your home a contemporary edge or create the illusion of greater space, you can achieve it with coloured skirting boards! Read on to find out more.

Coloured skirting board trends: What are they and which should I choose?

Whatever your interior design preference, there’s a skirting board colour trend to suit you. Ultimately, your imagination is the only limit to the styles you can create. But if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, some of the most popular and stylish trends we’ve seen have involved:

  • Matching skirting boards to the colour of your walls
  • Creating a colour pop effect by choosing a skirting board shade that clashes or contrasts with your walls
  • Opting for skirting boards in a lighter or darker colour to the walls

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Of course, as with any other design choice, not all of these trends will be suited to every room or home. There are a range of factors to bear in mind when assessing whether a style of coloured skirting board will look good. Consider the following:

  • How much natural light reaches the room in question? Some styles are really effective at creating a natural, airy look, whereas others may exacerbate an already dark space. It’s important to weigh up whether you’re looking to create a snug, cosy reading room or study, or something bright and breezy like a living room or bedroom.
  • How big is the room? Again, some coloured skirting board trends are perfect at making a small room seem more spacious, while others work best in larger rooms.
  • What does the rest of your home look like? If you’re eager to maintain a classically stylish look throughout the property, you’ll probably want to avoid any radical colour pops. Alternatively, if you’re seeking a more contemporary feel, you’ll have more freedom to mix and match styles and trends depending on what works best in each individual room.


How to tell if a trend will suit your room

That’s enough about the theory – now it’s time to consider what you actually want to achieve with your redecoration.

As we’ve outlined above, there are numerous trends, each of which will produce a different aesthetic. Here, we’ll explain how to use coloured skirting boards to achieve a variety of effects.

Create the illusion of space

Is space at a premium in your home? Are you looking for interior design tips to create a more spacious feel? Choosing a uniform colour for your walls and skirting boards could be the perfect solution.

This simple style hack is really effective because it removes the visual contrasts that typically exist between wall and skirting board, creating a clean and striking look that exaggerates the available space.

This trend can work equally well in contemporary or more traditional properties, although naturally this will depend on the chosen colour. You probably wouldn’t opt for a bold turquoise or striking orange in a classically styled Victorian townhouse, for instance.


Give your room a contemporary aesthetic

Whether you prefer Scandi chic, industrial or minimalistic interior design, the colour of your skirting boards can play a big part in giving a room an ultra-modern feel.

We’ve seen some fantastic examples of homes that have been given a contemporary twist by pairing lightly shaded walls with darker skirting boards. This helps to make the walls feel elongated and lighter in contrast, which has the added bonus of making the room appear brighter and airier.

This effect is often achieved by matching grey skirting boards with white walls, but there’s no reason to stick with this look. Any combination of light walls with a slightly darker shade of skirting board can be just as effective, whether you prefer mild pastel tones or bolder colours.


Colour pops to create a feeling of fun

Looking to make a statement? Add an eye-catching pop of colour to your skirting boards for a fun, contemporary look.

There are various ways to adapt this style to your own home. For a subtle burst, consider painting the top of your skirting boards in a bright colour, choosing a hue that complements your walls (think yellow skirting boards against purple walls, or blue walls paired with orange skirting boards).

Alternatively, for a bolder aesthetic, go all out by choosing a skirting board colour that stands out intensely against your walls and / or floors. Create a striking contemporary look by twinning primary coloured skirting boards with walls and floors in shades of grey.


Feeling inspired to give the coloured skirting boards trend a try? Check out our range of white-primed skirting boards, choose your favourite style and colour palette, and read our guide on how to paint skirting boards.