Top 10 Skirting Boards Profiles

We bet you that if you got here, it's because you need a bit of a roundup on the different types of skirting boards profiles. And good on you! Trying to get the lingo right can definitely give you an edge when you need to come face to face with your interior designer, builder, or yourself in the mirror -if you are kind of a DIY pal or gal! 

In this easy guide, we'll show you the top 10 designs of skirting boards, so you can make an informed decision that will brighten up and complement your home.


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1. Ogee Skirting Profile

Ogee skirting boards are, to say the least, the most widely used all across the UK. Though this style is connected to traditional home decor, it's also a favourite for modern interiors as it brings a sense of luxury to any room.

The main characteristic of the Ogee profile is its angled edge on the top, that then 'falls' into what's known as a sweeping curve -and a carved line below. You could also find more ornamented designs with 2 sets of 'waves'. 

When it comes to Ogee skirtings height, these can range from a subtle 57mm, all the way up to 168 mm. The one you choose would likely depend on how big -or ornamented- the space you need to cover is.


Find your choice of Ogee Skirtings, here!


2. Bullnose Skirting Profile

Also known as Pencil Round skirting, what stands out in this style of skirting board is its really simple design. Different suppliers may name the Bullnose skirting differently, in our case we refer to it as the Rounded One Edge profile. 

The main characteristic of a Bullnose profile is a rounded top edge. No more, no less. Its clean and streamlined surface with no details makes it another staple piece of moulding builders and carpenters use in all types of interiors.

To get into the nitty-gritty of it, let's say the radius of the curve may vary. Alternatively, you also could find a curve rounding all the way to the top, or just leading into a flat surface.

Choosing a Bullnose profile it's a bit of a no brainer. You wouldn't need to put much thought into it, you know it'll look good -and won't create a stand-out feature in the room. 

A perk worth considering is that the lack of sharp edges may be safer for families with kids running around the house. Also, when it comes to cleaning your skirting boards, it doesn't get easier than this!


Head to our profiles page and find all our Rounded One Edge designs!


3. Lambs Tongue Profile

A Lamb's Tongue Chamfer is quite a known technique among carpenters and woodworkers alike. It essentially consists of a mix of rounded and squared edges that are connected by a 45º angled chamfer. When applied to skirting boards designs, the end of the chamfered slope usually finishes in a vertical surface. This technique is used in a range of wooden furniture as a way to bring style and soften otherwise sharp edges. 

Lamb's Tongue profiles are quite a classic associated with elegance and style. Although it's true this style could fit nearly any modern interior, it's especially recommended for Victorian-era properties, as this is when Lamb's Tongue transitions and profiles were coined. 


Check out our full range of Lambs Tongue profiles, here!


4. Square Edge Profile

This is definitely the simplest solution when it comes to choosing a skirting board profile that blends with your interiors, it's easy to maintain, and affordable! The Square Edge profile is a skirting board featuring only a top square angle. And-that's-it. 

A great advantage of the Square Edge profile is how it transitions into your architraves with ease, emphasising the effect of clean lines and open spaces around the house. For example, if you were to paint your walls in a colour other than white, then a white single line -created by the mouldings- surrounding the room and flowing into the architraves would create a beautiful and subtle visual point.


Check out our full range of Square Edge skirting profiles, here!


5. Torus Skirting Profile

A staple Tours design can present many variations! Its main characteristic is that it features a convex, semi-circular arch on its front profile, and a curved incline sliding just below it. Another thing to note is how the top surface is squared and thinner than the rest of the moulding.

The Torus skirting profile is quite commonly used in period-style properties. Suppliers usually offer a wide range of finishings and materials resembling woods like oak or walnut, which makes the Torus profile a top choice for renovation projects. Here at The Skirting Board Shop, we offer nearly 30 variations of this elegant and visually attractive profile.


Check out our full range of Torus skirting boards, here!


6. Ovolo Profile

Ovolo profile skirting boards are also called 'Egg Moulds' and have become quite popular in the past few decades. Resembling the Ogee and Torus styles, the Ovolo also features a curve, but in this case, the shape is way less rounded. It also doesn't end up in a carved line, but sitting on a nub in the skirting board. 

This style of skirting board profile is used both in modern and traditional properties as it blends the best of both worlds. Its sleek lines, ease of installation, and cleaning make it a top choice for modern houses. On the other hand, its subtle level of detail can also match Victorian or Edwardian homes -especially when trying to avoid bulky skirting boards!


Find our full range of Ovolo profile skirting boards, here!


7. Square And Grooved Skirting Boards Profiles

If you have a taste for modern and stylish design, then this is your go-to! Square and Grooved skirting boards' main characteristic is a groove carved into the board, creating a parallel horizontal single line running along the length of the moulding. 

If you've been recently getting into the latest skirting boards trends, you may have noticed a method called Shadow Gap

Without getting into too much detail, let's just say this element of contemporary design displays a gap line just about 10cm above the floor, creating a crisp, streamlined look. However, this technique is very -very- expensive and doesn't allow any type of error. This is where a grooved profile comes handy. You get a very similar look at a much more affordable price!


Find out our full range of Square and Groove skirting boards, here!


8. Art Deco Profiles

Want to make a statement with your skirting boards? Then be our guest! Art Deco skirting boards are created following the main qualities of this famous trend born in the 1920s. Back in the day, streets and homes were built and filled with this forward-thinking design style. Strong, rectangular geometrical lines arranged in zig-zags meant a leap into the modern world.

Even though today we see Art Deco as something from the past, more and more experts are leaning into it again, declaring that Art Deco has made a comeback!

So why not jump into this elegant and luxurious wave? Start by using Art Deco-inspired profiles on your skirting boards! 


Check out our range of Art Deco profiles, here! 


9. Victorian Skirting Boards 

Curves, ornaments, intricate patterns, and opulence are all key elements of any good ol' Victorian-era home. This architectural style, in fashion during Queen Victoria's reign, has resulted in many grandiose properties we still get to see around nowadays. 

Victorian skirting boards profiles bring all these key features into mouldings that present elaborate lines, curves, and slopes, perfect complements of high-ceiling properties with ample space -and lavish style!


Check out our range of Victorian skirting boards profiles, here!


10. Chamfered And Rounded

To finish up this roundup of the most popular types of skirting boards profiles, let's go back to basics! Chamfered profiles are amongst the most common choices for both builders and DIY enthusiasts -they actually are a bit of an industry-standard nowadays.

The main trait of this style is its sloping edge. A soft chamfer with a rounded top end which can be shorter or longer, depending on the model you choose. Its soft shape and plain pattern make it a top choice for every type of interior. 

Just like we explained with the bullnose profile, chamfered skirting boards are quite safe for families with little kids -and no time to clean ornamented mouldings!


Check out the Skirting Board Shop Chamfered And Rounded profiles, here!