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How to choose skirting boards for the floor – 50 photos and a guide to choose from

Floor skirting boards for an interior are like a photo frame. They can either ruin everything, or harmoniously complete the interior design and even visually correct some of the imperfections of the room. And, of course, skirting boards are needed in order to mask wires and joints between walls and floors. We tell and show, using 50 photos as an example, how to choose a plinth for a floor by color, shape and material.

Plastic skirting board in the color of the floor in the interior of the bedroom

Plastic skirting board in the color of the laminate in the interior of the bedroom

Part 1. How to choose skirting boards by color

How to choose the color of the skirting board? Here are 5 principles that designers use (the list is sorted in descending order of popularity, click on the rule you are interested in to start reading right away, or just continue in order):

  • Matching doors and / or door trims
  • Matching the floor
  • To match the walls
  • A tone darker than the walls
  • Matching the window frames

The following rules are also allowed:

  • To match any interior element (curtains, carpet, furniture, etc.)
  • To match all the other stucco elements in the room
  • Skirting board as an interior accent

Principle 1: Skirting boards to match doors and / or door trims

This is the first decision that comes to mind when choosing a skirting board color for a floor. And it really works almost always no matter what color the elements are – contrasting or neutral. This rule is especially relevant if:

  • Doors and / or door trims contrast against the background of the walls and the interior as a whole and they need to harmoniously fit into the space;
  • The flooring, doors and skirting boards have already been selected, but skirting boards do not match the doors in any way. The problem is solved as follows: only door platbands are selected or painted to match the baseboards.

By the way, about the door trims. We hasten to make a small clarification:

  • Skirting in the color of the doorsIs it true that skirting boards need to be matched to doors? We answer: true, but with a slight clarification. Floor skirting boards are best matched to the door trims
  • Skirting in the color of the doors Is it true that skirting boards should be matched to doors? We answer: true, but with a slight clarification. Floor skirting boards are best matched to the door trims
  • Skirting in the color of the doorsIs it true that skirting boards need to be matched to doors? We answer: true, but with a slight clarification. Floor skirting boards are best matched to the door trims

Here are a couple more photos of floor skirting boards in the color of the doors in the interior.

Skirting boards for the floor in the color of the doors in the hallway

Skirting boards in the color of the door trims in the bedroom

Design hint:

  • The most traditional solution that never gets boring and fits into almost any interior: doors, platbands and skirting boards in white. Below is a small selection of photos of white skirting boards in the interior.

White skirting boards and door trims

  • White skirting boards and trims
  • White skirting boards and trims
  • White skirting boards and trims
  • White skirting boards and trims

Principle 2. Skirting boards in the color of the floor

Another obvious principle for choosing a skirting board is in the color of the floor. In theory, this solution seems simple, but in practice, you can face two problems:

Problem 1. It is difficult to match the skirting board in the floor color with 100% match. Despite the fact that even a small difference in tone turns out to be noticeable, somewhat violating the overall harmony of the interior.

Solution: It is best to choose skirting and flooring from the same manufacturer’s collection. Thus, it will be very easy to choose a skirting board for laminate, linoleum, ceramic tiles or cork floor..

PVC skirting board in the color of the kitchen floor

PVC skirting board in the color of the laminate in the kitchen

Problem 2: How to fit a skirting board in the same color to the floor with doors and trims of a different color, especially if they are already installed?

Solution: If the shades of the doors, floor and skirting boards are similar or just go well together (see photo below), then the situation is quite acceptable. And if not, then you can save the situation by painting / picking up only platbands to match the baseboards and the floor. If the door is completely knocked out of the interior, then it needs to be supported by adding furniture or decor of the same tone..

Door and skirting boards in different colors

Here is another small selection of photos of skirting boards in the color of the laminate in the interior.

Skirting board in the color of the floor in the living room

Skirting board in the color of the floor in the living room

Skirting in the color of the floor

Skirting in the color of the floor

Skirting board in laminate color

Skirting board in laminate color

Principle 3. Skirting in the color of the walls

Cool solution if:

  • If the room has low ceilings, then the skirting boards, painted / matched to the tone of the walls, will visually make them taller. So this technique is often used in the design of low-rise apartments in Khrushchev (pictured) and other panel houses.

White kitchen 5 sq. meters in Khrushchev

  • If you want to create an ultra-modern or minimalistic interior, “invisible” skirting boards will not unnecessarily divide the space..

Skirting in the color of the walls

  • If the walls in the room have different colors, then the skirting boards matched to them will emphasize the color block effect.

Skirting boards in the color of the walls in the kitchen

Floor skirting boards in the color of the walls

  • The wallpaper will look even more impressive if the edging of the floor has the color of any element of the drawing..

Skirting board in the color of the wallpaper pattern

Skirting boards in the color of the walls

Skirting boards in the color of the walls

But what about the door trims and skirting boards then? They can be universal white, painted / matched to the same color as the walls, repeat any color already in the interior (for example, the color of the floor, curtains, etc.).

  • Plinth for the floor in the color of the walls in the interior of the kitchen
  • Skirting board for the floor in the color of the walls in the interior of the kitchen
  • Skirting board for the floor in the color of the walls in the interior of the kitchen

Skirting boards in the color of the walls and white trims

Design tip: If you are ready for bold decisions, then you can paint in the color of the walls not only skirting boards, but also door frames, doors and … furniture.

Skirting in the color of the walls

Principle 4. Skirting boards one tone darker than walls

This technique is not trivial, but it will suit even the most classic and traditional interiors. It is good because it can emphasize the interesting color of the walls, create the illusion of higher ceilings, and lighten the space that is already overloaded with contrasts and color..

Skirting boards one tone darker than walls

  • Skirting boards one tone darker than walls
  • Skirting boards one tone darker than walls

Skirting boards one tone darker than walls

Design tip: If you paint the ceiling cornice to match the baseboards for the floor, the interior will become doubly effective.

Floor and ceiling skirting boards one tone darker than the walls

Principle 5. Skirting boards to match the window frames / slopes

If the window frames have any expressive or contrasting color with respect to the interior, then the edging of the floor can support them..

  • Skirting boards in the interior
  • Skirting boards in the interior

Design tip: It is logical to complete the picture by choosing doors with platbands to match the skirting boards and window frames.

Part 2. How to choose a skirting board by type and material

Now let’s talk about the practical side of the issue. Which skirting board should you choose? The main thing to decide on is the material. Here are the main options:

  • PVC;
  • Polyurethane;
  • MDF;
  • Solid wood;
  • Cork;
  • Metal;
  • Ceramics.

Let’s take a closer look at each type of skirting board..

Option 1. PVC skirting boards

PVC skirting boards are the best skirting boards for economy renovation, renovation of rented housing, balconies, summer cottages and verandas. After all, they are the cheapest, but at the same time durable workhorses. And most importantly, they are suitable for not perfectly flat walls. PVC skirting boards are especially well combined with linoleum and laminate.

PVC skirting board in the interior of the kitchen

Price per running meter: from 35 rubles.

Options: flexible (soft), with cable duct, self-adhesive, with rubberized top edge.

Designs: wood imitation (about 30 shades) with matte finish and laminated.

Installation: by glue method or using self-tapping screws (secret fastening).

Pros Cons
The lowest price Simple and ordinary look. It will not work to create a designer interior with plastic skirting boards
They are not afraid of high humidity, so they can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, verandas Over time, they can move away from the wall. The weak point of plastic skirting boards is in the outer corners.
Wear resistant It is not always possible to find a plinth of the right shade and with a suitable pattern
Can be picked up together with laminate from the manufacturer’s collection Dents and scratches may appear, especially on dark baseboards
Assembly and disassembly, fitting and trimming are very easy The corners of plastic skirting boards never match the pattern and tone of the skirting boards themselves by 100%
Due to its low cost, the plastic skirting board can be easily changed as needed
Due to the fact that the PVC skirting board is hollow inside, it can hide not one, but several wires at once

PVC skirting board in the color of the floor in the hallway

PVC skirting board in the color of the floor in the hallway

Advice:

  • If the walls are not perfectly flat, then skirting boards with a rubberized edge should be chosen. With them, it is easier to achieve a tight abutment to the wall;
  • It is advisable to buy PVC skirting boards with laminate;
  • If high white skirting boards do not fit into the budget, pay attention to high PVC skirting boards as in the photo below (sold in construction hypermarkets);
  • When buying PVC skirting boards, make sure that all products come from the same batch. The fact is that due to the peculiarities of production, the same skirting boards from different batches always differ slightly in tone. It may not be visible in the store, but the difference will be visible in the edging of the floor..

Option 2. Polyurethane skirting boards

Another type of plastic skirting board, but much more solid and beautiful. Compatible with all types of flooring.

Polyurethane skirting board

Price per running m: from 200 rubles.

Options: standard rigid, flexible (heated by a blow dryer and rounded to the wall / column), with cable duct.

Polyurethane skirting board

Installation: adhesive method, wide skirting boards can be additionally installed on self-tapping screws.

Pros Cons
Increased fracture strength High price
Service life 30 years Small dents may appear from strong blows with a vacuum cleaner, mop, feet
They are not afraid of high humidity, therefore they can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, on verandas Over time, gaps may appear in the joints if the walls are very crooked, as well as if the glue or poor-quality installation failed.
Unlike solid wood skirting boards, it does not crack, swell or shrink when the indoor climate changes
As a rule, polyurethane skirting boards are sold in white, already primed and ready for painting.
Externally, polyurethane skirting boards are indistinguishable from painted MDF or wood skirting boards. They have a beautiful relief and shape, they can have different heights.
Polyurethane skirting boards have no seams due to the fact that the joints are glued together with joint glue and are easily puttyed
Suitable for not perfectly flat walls (unlike analogues made of MDF and wood)
Assembly and disassembly, fitting and trimming are easy

Advice:

  • Polyurethane skirting board is flexible enough to adhere to curved walls. But for reliability during the installation process, it should be tightened.
  • Polyurethane skirting boards are very similar to duropolymer products. What is the difference? Duropolymer is harder and more durable than polyurethane, but has a simpler shape with minimal decor and, moreover, is less suitable for not perfectly flat walls.

Option 3. Skirting boards from MDF

MDF skirting boards are perhaps the best skirting boards for laminate and parquet.

Price per running meter: from 170 rubles.

Options: laminated, painted, veneered (they cannot be distinguished from wood, but at the same time they are more practical), with cable duct.

MDF skirting boards

MDF skirting boards

Installation: adhesive method, wide skirting boards can be additionally installed on self-tapping screws.

plinth

Pros Cons
MDF is stronger than plastic and polyurethane High price
Stability of the material regardless of indoor climate changes The installation of MDF skirting boards should be carried out by a professional who has a special saw in his arsenal.
The price is lower than for wooden skirting boards Over time, gaps may appear in the joints if the walls are very crooked, as well as if the glue or poor-quality installation failed.
Withstand small drops on the walls, as they bend a little MDF skirting boards with laminated film are not resistant to surface damage
The joints of MDF skirting boards can be neatly sealed with putty
Externally, MDF skirting boards are indistinguishable from their wooden counterparts
Environmental friendliness
Most MDF skirting boards are already painted or finished with melamine film

Option 4. Floor skirting boards made of LDF (from Ultrawood)

LDF (light density fiberboard) is an eco-friendly material made from Radiata pine fibers, eucalyptus and resin binders. Skirting boards from LDF are produced only by the Ultrawood brand (USA).

Price per running m: from 230 rubles.

Installation: on self-tapping screws or glue.

Ultrawood Painted Skirting Board

  • Ultrawood Painted Skirting Board
  • Ultrawood Painted Skirting Board
Pros Cons
LDF is lightweight, but hard, does not crumble when sawing, easily cut and assembled independently High price
Material stability regardless of indoor climate changes Painting required
Environmental friendliness Compatible with smooth walls only
Variety of designs No flexible skirting boards
The joints of the skirting boards made of LDF can be neatly sealed with putty
Moisture resistance (can be used in wet rooms)
Products are already primed and prepared for painting

Option 5. Solid wood

Wooden skirting boards are the most expensive ones and they are intended for the most part for the same expensive floors – wood and stone. However, they cannot be called the best in quality..

Wooden plinth for floor

Prices: from 230 rubles.

Pros Cons
Durability with proper wood quality High price for good quality wooden skirting boards (from precious woods – beech, oak, ash)
Environmental friendliness Dimensional instability due to changes in air temperature and humidity levels in the room, and therefore – the risk of cracking and swelling of the baseboards, as well as the appearance of cracks in the joints
Beautiful appearance, compatibility with wood floors Suitable only for perfectly flat walls!
You can run into fakes – skirting boards glued from several layers of wood, which over time begin to delaminate
Dents and scratches quickly appear on softwood skirting boards
Complexity of installation. The installation of wooden skirting boards must be carried out by a qualified technician.
  • Wooden skirting boards in the living room in Khrushchev
  • Wooden skirting boards with plank floor
  • Wooden skirting boards
  • Wooden skirting boards
  • Wooden skirting boards

Advice:

  • If skirting boards made of precious wood do not fit into the budget, there is a solution: floor skirting boards made of MDF or pine / spruce with veneer.
  • To make sure the wood skirting boards were cut in good faith in the winter and not in the summer, check the underside of the skirting boards. If blue spots are found, the purchase must be abandoned.

Option 6. Metal

Metal skirting boards are an excellent choice for modern interiors, say, loft, hi-tech, minimalism. Most often, metal skirting boards are made from anodized aluminum or stainless steel..

Aluminum skirting board

Aluminum skirting board

Prices: from 200 rubles.

Pros Cons
Durability (service life is over 30 years) High price
Moisture resistance (can be used in bathrooms, kitchens) Suitable only for perfectly flat walls
Impact and fracture strength Limited choice of designs, only suitable for modern interiors
State-of-the-art design May be covered with small scratches
The ability to hide multiple wires at once Corner joints are made out with overhead corners, which somewhat spoils the appearance of the floor edging and complicates cleaning

Part 3. How to choose the height of skirting boards for the floor

The height of the skirting boards plays an important role in the perception of the interior. The choice of height depends on the height of the walls and the width of the door frames. Here are some practical guidelines (but not hard-and-fast rules!):

  • If the walls are low (up to 2.5 m), then you should choose skirting boards up to 5 cm high.

Low white skirting boards in the interior

  • For walls of medium height (2.6-2.8 m), it is better to choose narrow floor plinths with a height of 7-13 cm.
  • If the ceilings are high (more than 2.8 m), then skirting boards can be chosen above average – for example, 13-23 cm.

High white skirting boards

Other tips

  • Paintable skirting boards can be painted with almost any paint. The main thing is that they are waterproof..
  • It is recommended to paint the floor skirting boards before installing them..
  • Skirting boards for the floor can be painted independently (it is cheaper and even a beginner can do it) or you can order painting at the point of sale (this will be more expensive, but easier).
  • Remember that skirting boards can always be returned within 14 days after purchase, for example, if they did not match the shade.
  • If ceramic tiles are laid on the floor of the bathroom or kitchen, then the plinth for it can also be selected with ceramic.