Skirtings R Us

January is usually the time that most people think about diy, home upgrades or just a new lick of paint and furniture. Once the Christmas season is over and the decorations are packed away in the loft once again; homes can look quite bare.

One part of the home that often gets neglected and rarely upgraded are the skirting boards. Those long panels at the bottom of most internal walls. The architraves which are the panels and beams around doors and windows are also another area that gets forgotten. Both of these parts often end up looking worn , with old chipped paint and quite often cobwebs. Bring around doors, or the bottom of walls makes these parts susceptible to dust and dirt too.

Upgrading skirting boards and architraves can make a whole loaf of difference to the overall look and feel of a home and rooms.

Over at both skirting boards and architraves can be made to order. If your sick of looking at plain magnolia skirting boards that just don’t look right with your modern day decor then maybe consider a colour change or a wood upgrade like this for instance.

I think this would look so much better at the bottom of my walls and would possibly be easier to clean too. This is one of the “veneered” skirting boards. It’s a bit more expensive than their MDF boards but makes a much bigger impact. This gives a natural wood effect but could be painted.

Or if you want to avoid the task of painting the skirting boards then go for the “foil wrapped” boarding which comes with a satin sheen scratchproof coating and is very easy to clean and wipe down. This type is very much suited to areas close to doors which are more likely to get dirty and dusty.

The same wood choice options are also available for the architraves and also window boards, dado & picture rails and plinth blocks & rosettes. Having the same matching wood in the same room gives rooms a much needed updated feel. It can also help to increase the value of your home if you are considering selling it.

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