Skirting Board Names vary
throughout the world. Ultimately the style you choose is your
own. When constructing your house, be sure to choose a
baseboard which is not dominated by the height of the room, as
this will look out of proportion. Conversely an extremely
ornate and large skirtingboard will only look good in an ornate
environment with complementing architraves and
TIP: Some of the larger
skirting boards simply are not available any more, so a
neat trick is to stack an ornate architrave or smaller
skirting on top of a dressed rectangular timber of
Alternatively you can
get a timber joinery or skilled carpenter to machine any
profile you want.
Baseboard styles are as varied as
the houses they adorn. period skirting boards tended to be very
ornate and elaborate. They look great with appropriate colours,
wallcoverings and furnishings, but can be laborious to
Modern skirting boards are sleek,
simple and elegant. Some architcts and designers even specify
simple aluminium strips or angles as baseboards. Alternatively
a shadow-line effect is achieved by a plastic moulding and the
skilled hands of a plasterer.
Below is a gallery of
skirtingboard / baseboard styles and
Period style skirtingboards. Now thats a
A plinth block can be used to facilitate the
join between skirting and architrave.
Baseboard external corner treatment using a
Elaborate skirting boards with painted
moulding or quad.
Half splayed skirting board.
Baseboards with moulding. This is done when
Timber floors have been retrofitted.