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            Skirting & Architrave Buying Guide

            As both of these boards are crucial for new doorways and floors, this skirting and architrave buying guide explores the different types available, helping homeowners pick the right designs and sizes. Maintaining a consistent look from floor to ceiling is key in any home, and this guide covers popular styles and colour options to achieve a flawless finish. It also runs through key considerations to keep in mind when planning new features, ready for a trade professional to start fitting skirting boards and architrave.

            What is the difference between skirting and architrave?

            • Skirting

              These boards span the perimeter of a room, covering uneven edges or gaps adjacent to walls. Profiles can match doorway styles for a cohesive look.
            • Architrave

              These boards complete a doorway by concealing the frame edge for a tidy appearance. Various styles can be matched with skirting for a professional finish.

            What are the different styles?

            • Ogee

              Add a traditional touch to a room with the sweeping curves of an Ogee design.
            • Torus

              A Torus style has a smaller curved edge for a simple decorative look.
            • Pencil Rounded

              A pencil rounded profile offers a straight front with a rounded top for a minimalistic look.
            • Burford

              With a linear groove, a Burford style is modern and draws the eye through the space.
            • Double Groove

              With two deep lines, a double groove design makes for a bold, precise feature.
            • Stepped

              A stepped profile varies the depth of a boards for a staggered effect.

            What colours are available?

            • Oak

              Oak tones can be used to add warmth to a modern space or continue a heritage look. From Scandi-styles to traditional decors, it is a timeless choice.
            • White

              Opt for white boards, which are primed and ready to be finished. This versatile scheme offers homeowners the freedom to paint a custom look.

            Planning considerations

            • Skirting height

            • Floor material

            • Door designs

            • Style up frames

            • Craft custom colours

            • Essential equipment

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