A selection of skirting boards in different wood colours and finishes

Some rooms are simply a joy to walk into. Maybe they feature interesting architecture that creates bold angles and unusual shapes. Perhaps a floor-to-ceiling window lights the lights room perfectly, or maybe it’s that stylish plaster cornice that reinvents the walls and ceiling.

Fortunately, it’s easy to get more wow out of your rooms. Just follow these simple suggestions.

An Overlooked Solution

Bringing a boring room to life is easier than you might think. A lick of paint will help, or even just hanging some art on the walls. However, there is a subtle but highly effective solution that is often overlooked, and that is putting together a great architrave and skirting board combination. The humble skirting board may not be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about ways to make a room more exciting, but they can make a big difference. Moulded skirting boards and stylish architraves can frame your room, adding some much-needed excitement to the otherwise flat, dull walls.

What Are Architraves and Skirting Boards?

For those who don’t know; both architraves and skirting boards are examples of pre-made timber framing that is used for different purposes. Architraves are fixtures that accentuate doors and arches by giving them decorative edges. Skirting boards, on the other hand, run around the bottoms of rooms where the wall and floor adjoin.

How Do They Improve a Room?

Skirting boards and architraves improve a bare, square, or otherwise boring room in a way that is subtle but undeniable. Like the difference between good coffee and amazing coffee, it isn’t easy to put into words, but the best way to think of it is like a picture frame.

Imagine a print of your favourite painting on a bare wall. It looks okay, sure, but now imagine it with proper backing and framed. It looks a lot better, right? Well, architraves and skirting boards do something similar, but for a whole room!

Some Popular Architrave Styles

Architraves are more purely decorative than skirting boards, and as such there are a wide variety of styles available. Because architraves are often used to create a classic or old-world feel, many of the available styles are in simple, elegant Colonial, Victorian, or Edwardian styles. There are also bolder, more modern styles available, such as federation architraves or art deco moulds that pay homage to the 1930s.

Skirting Board Styles

Though more practical than architraves – skirting boards protect the base of your walls – skirting still comes in a range of interesting and stylish moulds. From simple flat skirting to intricate patterns, you’re sure to find something that suits your home and your tastes. Just make sure your skirting and architraves work well together!

Professional Installation or DIY

If you’re concerned about getting the job done right, professional installation may be the way to go. However, installing skirting boards and architraves is very achievable for a skilled DIY enthusiast.

If you want to give it a go, talk to the team at Dysart about our mouldings and our building material delivery services. If you have your own idea in mind for a design, bring it in and we can find something similar.