How To Select Modern Skirting Boards?

With so many choices and profiles, deciding which skirting boards and architraves to choose can be daunting. We have put together some things to consider when making your decision to be confident you are creating a beautiful interior. Finally, it is time to remodel your home – what type of upgrades will you make? Decorating your home can be fun for some and a chore for others. It is all about how much detail you decide to put into your renovation.

Skirting Boards PerthOne area of your home you can upgrade is the skirting boards. These run throughout most properties and can be easily upgraded and painted. You can do this for your kitchen, bedrooms, living areas, and anywhere else you have walls. It’s the perfect way to spruce up your home decor without going overboard with the spending. Home design is all about detail and craftsmanship. So it’s key to find a manufacturer that supplies high-quality skirting boards.

How To Choose The Right Skirting Boards?

Interior Style

First, you have to decide what your interior style is or what style you want to create. This will determine the profiles of the board you choose.


Traditional Hamptons use high, thick skirting boards with big rounded profile features. This not only creates a standout look but helps the skirting hold its own again elaborate wall wainscoting. A more coastal or modern take on Hampton’s skirting is to still have a tall skirting with a more simple design.


The French Provincial style is admired for its symmetrical design, classic proportions and decorative elements. Skirting boards are a key feature in French style homes and are ornate and decoratively detailed. Mouldings are used throughout these homes as wall panelling, fireplace features and big cornices.


how to select modern skirting boards (1)Victorian interiors mantra is ‘more of everything.’. Highly detailed dado rail, wall panelling & highly decorated skirting board profiles that are balanced & elegant will help you achieve this beautiful look.


Colonial styling is similar to the Victorian, although it is a little more relaxed with more of a country vibe. Basic Colonial Skirting board starts with what is known as ‘Lambs Tongue’ or ‘NSW Colonial’ and feature an ogee (S bend) curve from the top portion of the skirting, flowing into a V joint.

As time progressed Colonial style skirting boards became more decorative. They also started to feature squared timber skirting blocks. The lamb’s tongue design became more ornate with more curves that flowed into a V joint.


Timber mouldings became sleeker and moved away from the heavily decorated Victorian style. More flat areas on the profiles were seen, and large curves were reduced during this era, increasing the popularity of lambs tongue type designs.


Georgian-style homes are formal and showcase fine details and straight lines. Symmetry and simplicity in skirting board design achieved an elegant and light touch. Neoclassical (Roman and Greek) and Rococo (French curve and cockleshell style) architecture inspired many interiors, including columns, marble, stonework and classical figures.


Most popularly, interior mouldings in modern homes choose a minimal Shadowline skirting or a smaller profile with sharp, hard lines. We have seen an emergence of high but thin skirting boards with simple designs with large flat spaces. Don’t be scared to experiment with size; so long as you keep it simple, you can’t get it wrong. 

Difference Between Decorative Vs Plain Skirting Boards

Style Of Your Home

Firstly, the existing style of your home or the look you are aiming for is a major giveaway. If you’re going for a modern, minimalistic, or contemporary appearance, you’re likely going to select a more modest or simple skirting board style to match. In modern homes or apartments with lower ceilings and less space, you will not want to draw attention to the base of the wall when people should be looking at the picture you’ve hung on the wall or the reflection of the large mirror you’ve chosen to create depth.

A more decorative skirting board could be chosen to fill the room, so it doesn’t look sparse in a period home, which is likely to have more space and higher ceilings. In the Victorian era, were ‘more of everything was the motto for home décor, mouldings like skirting boards and architraves would be designed with elaborate and ornate shapes that would draw the attention away from an otherwise bare space. Homes from this era were meant to look ‘busy’ in appearance, and a decorative skirting board would assist in filling a room.


Maintaining your skirting boards is a consideration you must give to choosing your perfect style. A plain skirting board lends itself to easier and faster cleaning. A sleek and slim finish will not collect as much dust and grime as a decorative profile and can be wiped down in a matter of minutes. A skirting board with several ornate features, on the other hand, will take a lot longer and require greater attention to detail when cleaning inside all the grooves and curves.

Painting or re-painting is also an aspect not to be overlooked. Whether you’re planning to paint the skirting boards yourself or have someone do it for you, a more decorative profile will take more time to paint and may require special brushes and tools to layer the paint evenly across the surface. Plain skirting boards that have little to no curvature or design will be a lot easier and faster to paint and might be a better selection if you’re planning to paint them yourself.

Location In Your Home

Although consistency is key, you may consider using a more decorative skirting board in the main room, like a dining or lounge room and a simpler board in a hallway, spare bedroom, or kitchen. Decorative skirting boards will draw attention to the wall, so you may wish to choose a more basic design in high traffic areas where the walls are susceptible to bumps and scuffs from furniture or feet. If your house is double storey, you might want to choose a more decorative design on your ground floor where visitors are more likely to congregate, rather than the upstairs areas where the bedrooms might be.

Some several factors and considerations will govern the choice of your perfect skirting board style. At the Australian Moulding Company, we have over 5,000 profiles to choose from that suit a wide range of housing eras from the Colonial and Victorian era to the Post War & Modern homes.

Who Lives In Your Home?

In other words, do you have children who may scuff up your skirting boards with their crayons and toys? Or do you live alone (or with a significant other) and have a kitchen that’s more of a showroom than a snack room? Now, it’s common for homeowners to desire all of the aesthetically-appealing improvements that can transform their kitchen into a culinary abode. However, it’s important to be realistic – otherwise, you’ll end up miserably disappointed.

Why go all out to purchase a top-of-the-line skirting board in a home where your child or puppy will ruin it within a few months? It’s not logical, economically or functionally. Instead, it would be best if you opted for something simpler, so you won’t mind replacing them within a year. You can still switch the look to give your home a refreshing design.

What Look Are You Going For?

Next, it’s time to step back and look at the overall design of your home. Are you going for something simple, elegant or eccentric? This will help you determine the skirting board to purchase and the colours to paint it. Some homeowners only want to update what they already have, while others want a design overhaul. If you’re in the latter group, you’ll have to consider a couple of things.

The Style You Want

If you want the same style you already have, you can save the board you removed and use it to match it with the new one. However, if you’re doing a design redo, you’ll need to follow style guidelines. For example, if you live in a period-style home, it’s better to go with skirting styles like ogee, ovolo, and torus. And if you’re in a modern home, sleek interior designs are prominent. This makes the better choices of square-edged, bullnose, pencil round and chamfered options.

The Height Of The Skirting

It’s important to get this right so you don’t end up with oversized or undersized skirting boards. And the look you want will also play a role in the height you select. Dining room with skirting boards. Are you using your skirting as kicking barriers for a high-traffic home? If so, then you’ll need skirting that’s taller to protect your paint or wallpaper.

It’s also recommended that you use high skirting in older homes – the older, the higher. On average, skirting board heights in Georgian and Victorian homes are around 225mm. This comes off as more extravagant. However, if the style you’re applying your boards to is modern, then sleek is key. Opt for skirting that’s around 125mm.

Will You Paint – Or Not?

The final finish of your skirting boards will play a key part in your home’s decor. First, you’ll have to decide whether you want to paint them or not. If your home requires whiteboards, you may not have to paint them. Unless, of course, the white is slightly different from the rest of the room they’re in. Brushes and paint; however, if you decide to paint your boards, you’ll need to do so carefully. If you’re not experienced in painting, it may be best to hire painting services specialising in skirting boards.

Either way, you’ll have to decide whether you want neutral colours or something more vibrant. A nice contrast can also set apart your decor. For example, you can opt for bright walls with dark skirting or vice versa. It’s common for homeowners to use lighter colours on larger room elements. This gives the area a more spacious feel. For instance, this vibes well in kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms.

You can mix things up and paint your skirting boards the same colour as your walls, it may be a bit hesitant at first, but it gives the room a lovely contemporary feel. Something distinctive, such as some bold colours, can close the space. Or you were maybe adding pigments through different areas of your room to produce the illusion of a different space. For example, paint your skirting boards and half of your ceiling in colour and then continue with a darker or lighter colour change to stimulate the illusion of a higher ceiling.

how to select modern skirting boards (3)Be creative with your colours, and including a distinctive colour can bring out the best in your home. The two main types of paint used in painting your skirting boards are oil-based enamel and water-based enamel. Unfortunately, some businesses try to trick you by selecting a particular paint with more benefits than the other; however, both paints have advantages and disadvantages.

Your type of paint will revolve around your house conditions and preferences, so it’s best to contact a professional advisor to provide you with assistance for the correct paint type. You can view our skirting board painting service for more information on our offers and paint processes. Also, feel free to contact Skirting Boards Perth for more information and help with your skirting board’s colour and paint.

Types Of Skirting To Consider

The great news is there are many options to choose from for your skirting boards. Let’s review some of them:

  • MDF Skirting: This is pre-primed or pre-finished and resistant to warping and swelling.
  • Softwood Skirting: Can be stained, varnished, sanded and refinished for a natural look.
  • Hardwood Skirting: Elegant appeal suitable for historic homes with oak decor.

Then for the edge profiles, you can opt for: antique, bevelled, bullnose, classic, domed, Georgian, elegance, Elizabethan, castle, Buckingham, Delmoral, Colonial and a variety of others. 

FAQs About Modern Skirting Boards

Grooved profiles are very on-trend right now. The most popular modern skirting board by far is Square Groove, which has the added advantage of allowing you to seamlessly transition from skirting board to architrave and create a continuous groove around the perimeter of the floor and doorway(s).

Today we use nice and neat, machine-cut sheets of plasterboard, but skirting boards are often still installed. Skirting boards are also used to hide blemishes in plastered walls and where poor building techniques have left uneven finishes.

Skirting boards are required with every laminate installation to cover the mandatory 10mm expansion gap around the room. Some may choose to remove their current skirting and re-fit it after the floor, but if you need a whole new skirting, we have plenty to choose from!

Hi-density polystyrene skirting and architrave boards, highly versatile, easy to install and offer an exceptional finish to any room setting. Suitable for use in high moisture areas, ideal for bathrooms, wet rooms and kitchens. This product will not shrink, warp or degrade.

Plastic skirting board vs timber: It is suitable for home-high traffic areas, including rooms used by children. It is not easily scuff, and any marks can be wiped away. Unlike wood, it will not peel, rot or warp. You will find PVC skirting easier to keep clean.

Other Reminders

If you’re still not sure what interior style you are looking to achieve or your style is a fusion of a few different types, the great idea is to find an interior or images of skirting boards you would love in your home. Our team loves helping you create a beautiful interior and can recommend profiles from our range similar to or provide a similar look as your inspiration images, taking the guesswork and hours of filtering through our large range. Simple!


There are some basic rules when choosing your boards, although they are not hard and fast, they give you a good guide on what works best. Choosing a skirting board based on your ceiling height is a good place to start.

Ceiling Height Complimentary Skirtings Sizes

To 2.4m 90-135mm

To 2.7 m 115-185mm

To 3.0m 135-230mm

To 3.6m 185mm+

Think about what are you looking to achieve. Do you want drama, a cosy space, or open your room out? How prominently do you want your skirting, and will you have them as a standout piece of architectural art, or do you want them to enhance the look of your room?

Does It Have To Match Architraves?

Once you’ve chosen your skirting boards, you have the decision to make for your architraves. Most people choose the same profile at a smaller height, but this doesn’t have to be the case. You can mix and match profiles for a beautiful and interesting final look. There is a two-pronged approach for choosing your architrave size, and these are by the height of your doors and the height of your skirting boards.

When looking at door heights, we recommend:

Door Heights Architrave Widths

2.04m 66-90mm

2.34m 90-115mm

2.70m 115mm+

Skirting and Architrave Recommended Combinations

When considering what works well with your skirting board size, we recommend:

Skirtings Architrave

90-135mm 66-90mm

115-185mm 90-115mm

185-230mm 90-115mm

230mm+ 115mm+

The most common size combinations sold are:

  • 135mm skirting with 90mm architrave
  • 185mm skirting with 90mm architrave

A skirting block is an excellent choice if you are using different profiles, thicknesses or heights for your skirting and architraves, as it seamlessly allows the two profiles to not look out of place or odd, allowing them not to be placed right next to each other.

Skirting Block Size Guide

Skirting Architrave Skirting Block Size

Height Width (hxw)

90mm 66mm 100x70mm

115mm 66mm 125x70mm

115mm 90mm 125x95mm

135mm 66mm 150x70mm

135mm 90mm 150x95mm

135mm 115mm 150x120mm

185mm 90mm 200x95mm

185mm 115mm 200x120mm

185mm 135mm 200x140mm

230mm 90mm 250x95mm

230mm 115mm 250x120mm

230mm 135mm 250x140mm


You’ve finally found your perfect skirting boards for your home, but now it’s time to install them, and that’s the real challenge. Unless you are certain, you can pull off a huge DIY project, contacting a professional and experienced installer is the best choice. At Skirting Boards Perth, we provide top-quality skirting board installation service to all areas of Perth at affordable and unbeatable prices. Not to mention, we can spray-paint your skirting boards at reasonable prices to reduce ugly brush strokes and uneven finishes.

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