Did you know that paint for skirting boards (or baseboards as they’re sometimes known) date back to the Victorian era? Used to create a seal between the wall and floor they provided a significant improvement in insulation, as well as being ornate and decorative.
So when repainting your skirting board, how do you know how to find the best paint for skirting boards? Well keep reading as we have the answers!
What Is a Skirting Board?
A skirting board is a type of wall decoration that can be used to cover the edge of a room. It is usually made from wood, and it can be painted with two coats or different colors. Skirting boards are the straight pieces of wood that run along a wall, and they can be either painted the same color as your walls or highlighted by painting their frames a different color.
What Type of Paint Should be Used for Painting Skirting Boards?
When it comes to painting skirting boards, there are a few different types of paint you can use. The two most popular options are gloss and satin paint. Gloss paint is the traditional option, while satin paint is the newer, more modern choice.
Both paints have their own benefits and drawbacks. Gloss paint gives a high shine finish that makes rooms look brighter and more spacious. However, it is less hard wearing than satin paint and can show marks and scratches easily. Satin paint is harder wearing than gloss, but doesn’t give as bright a finish.
Ultimately, it comes down to what the customer wants and prefers in their home – both paints will do a good job at painting skirting boards!
Tips for Painting Skirting Boards
When painting skirting boards, it is important to use a different white paint for the walls, ceilings and trim. For the walls, use full strength white paint, while for the trim and ceilings use half or quarter strength. You should also choose a neutral color that is somewhere in between cool and warm. This will help to create a cohesive look in your home.
Make sure that you will be able to coordinate the color of your skirting boards with your trim color or with white kitchen cabinets if you are planning on using them. Neutral trim colors can be used to introduce a change or contrast into the palette. Painting doors and window frames can leave these elements looking new while painting just the architraves is a great idea if you don’t want to paint everything in your home.
However, painting skirting boards can be a tough job so make sure that you keep your brush wet with paint and use long strokes when painting. You should also use the same colour on wall and trim to avoid any variation in light reflection as this could look unintentional.
Don’t Skirt Around the Paint Quality
Make sure you use a good quality paint, especially if you’re priming the boards first with an undercoat. That way, you’ll find yourself using less paint and get a much smoother, more durable finish than a cheap paint. In turn your home will look brand new!
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