A Guide to Popular Skirting Board Styles
Choosing the right skirting board profile for your home can be tricky. Some people automatically go for current trends whereas others like to keep it classic with more traditional designs. If you’re in the process of choosing skirting boards for your home, you’ll know there’s much more to it than just the material they’re made of.
Understanding the different types of skirting boards can be tricky, and there are plenty of profiles to choose from here at Skirting 4 U. We’ve taken the time to put together a guide on some of the most popular.
If you’re struggling to tell your Ogee from your Edwardian then you’re in the right place.
Ogee skirting boards are some of the most popular in the UK. Although a traditional profile, Ogee skirting can also be used through modern homes - this is what makes it so popular. It brings a sense of luxury to any interior and brings both larger and smaller rooms together.
The defining feature of Ogee skirting is its sweeping curved profile. Considered to be a great balance between modern and traditional styling, Ogee is ornate without being too over the top.
Ogee skirting can be tailored to suit most spaces with heights ranging from 70mm up to 350mm. The profile can vary slightly depending on the manufacturer so if you’re looking to match the existing skirt we recommend ordering a free sample.
This simple design has proved to be popular and while not the most decorative, it suits a large number of interiors regardless of styling.
The main feature of Bullnose skirting is its smooth, rounded top edge. The crisp and clean design with the streamlined surface is another style that will not go out of fashion. It’s hugely popular, thanks in part to it being so easy to maintain as well as looking good.
At Skirting 4 U, we also offer more modern takes on the classic Bullnose design with single groove and double groove versions also available. These profiles feature grooves underneath the rounded topline and adds a stylish element to the classic shape.
Lamb’s Tongue is a real classic when it comes to interior mouldings. Perfectly suited to older period properties, Lamb’s Tongue skirting is associated with elegance and style, complementing rooms with high ceilings well.
The exact profile of Lamb’s Tongue does tend to vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. For this reason, we highly recommend ordering a free sample if you’re looking to match existing skirting.
Square skirting is an incredibly popular choice in both personal and professional settings. Thanks to its simple design and lack of intricate profile, square skirting is very easy to install and maintain.
Although it has a simple appearance, modern minimalist trends mean square skirting has seen a resurgence over the last few years. At Skirting 4 U, we also offer square skirting board with grooves for added style. You can choose from one or two, depending on your preference.
Plain square skirting is highly versatile and can be cut to any height thanks to the lack of profile. It also provides an economical option for any projects on a strict budget.
Victorian Skirting Board
Victorian skirting is the first detailed profile to make our list. Inspired by the boom in skirting board use during the Victorian era, this design is better suited to large interiors as the typical profile is 25mm deep, rather than 18mm.
Before the Victorians, the skirting board was largely just functional and featured prominently in grander homes. The emergence of the middle class in Victorian England meant a new group of people who wanted their homes to appear grander than they were, hence the popularity of intricate skirting boards, wall panelling and dado rails.
Skirting 4 U’s range of Victorian skirting boards is sympathetic to designs used in homes from 1837 - 1901 and we recommend when you paint them you opt for a gloss finish. This helps to protect the intricacies from damage.
Georgian Skirting Board
Georgian mouldings are another example of popular traditional styles. The Georgian profile follows the trends of that era and brings an element of grandeur to any room in which it is installed. As with many traditional styles, Georgian skirting is well suited to rooms with taller ceilings. However, as with all of our skirting, Georgian profiles are available at heights between 70mm and 350mm so can be tailored to any space.
In terms of the design, Georgian styling is far less intricate than Victorian. Therefore, if you’re looking for period style without the Victorian detail, this could be the way to go.
Chamfered Skirting Board
Chamfered is another example of a simple design that utilises straight lines and clean edges. Its functional styling doesn’t detract from other features in the room and it allows for both easy installation and maintenance.
Our Chamfer profile features a slightly rounded top edge that softens the visual appearance and increases its durability. The raised effect when installed gives the appearance of the skirting board flowing from within the wall itself.
Torus Skirting Board
Torus is another of our most popular styles that features a sleek traditional profile. The design itself originates from classical architecture and the semi-circular column plinths and offers a slightly toned-down version of Victorian styling.
Particularly popular with new build properties, Torus skirting is a highly versatile choice suitable for a range of interior sizes and styles.