We already know that skirting is important for both the protection of walls and for the improvement of the interior design of homes in our last article. But there is more than one type of skirting, so which one should we use?
There is no “one best type” of skirting. The best type of skirting will depend on where you will use it. The key is to consider the style of the house and its overall interior, to ensure that the skirting will be proportionate.
Based on our experience over the years as a marble manufacturing company, we listed different styles of skirtings with recommendations including which type of interior they best fit, as well as which part of the place in particular.
Types of Skirting
To begin, we will use marble skirting since we are confident in the value it can provide for homes. Marble is durable and beautiful, which are the characteristics everybody needs for a skirting board.
Modern Style Skirting Board
Also known as “Mini Bullnose” or “Beveled Edge”, this marble skirting design will have a round or beveled top. It is often used because of its universal compatibility with any interior design. A modern style of skirting can go with any room too.
If a home is more in the medieval style, Carrara White marble skirting will be perfect. It has a soft and feathery pattern of light-gray veins that will complement the medieval interior.
Marble trim for skirting boards is also fit for antique houses such as those made of wood. To match the hues and shades of the colors, we recommend Emperador Light or Crema Marfil marble skirtings.
Their colors range from brown to creamy beige with golden, beige, or white veins.
Flush Skirting Board
We also refer to this as the “flush-to-wall” or” flush-with-wall” skirting system. A marble flush skirting will be thinner in size compared with other boards. The top edge is an even rectangle and it is recessed to the wall, almost making it part of the wall itself.
We often use this in living rooms where we want everything to look sleek, or in places where we want to optimize the space.
This marble skirting is what people go for if they want to cover the gap between the walls and the floor seamlessly and without a trace. This will appear like there was no gap to cover at all or there is no skirting to see.
In application, if you’re going for a marble trim that will camouflage with the wall, then the color will depend on that of your wall. These are the following choices to pick from which are mostly neutral colors.
- Carrara White Marble skirting – the background can be homogenous white or grayish, with gray veins
- Crema Marfil Marble skirting – the background is creamy-beige and the veins are soft with yellow, beige, or cinnamon as their color
- Calacatta Marble skirting – the background is bright white with veins that are dark brown, beige, or gold
- Emperador Dark Marble skirting – the background is dark-brown with light-brown veins
These are our suggestions since the common range of colors of a wall is from white to brown. But if your wall is also made of marble, then the skirting will be easier to camouflage.
On the other hand, if you like a flush skirting style with different color variations, you have these on your palette.
- Nero Marquina Marble skirting – a black and white pattern with the background as black and the veins as white
- Spider Green Marble skirting – the background is dark green with white veins
- Forest Green Marble skirting – the background is light to metallic green with brown veins
- Rojo Levantina Marble skirting – the background is red with light-gray veins
If you’re wondering if these are the natural colors of marble, then yes is the answer. Colors like red and green may be challenging to find, but top marble exporters and suppliers such as China are abundant in them.
Our clients usually look for marble with unique colors—among other traits such as durability and quality finish—so we always make them available in our factory.
Double-Layered Skirting Board
A double-layered marble skirting is exactly how it sounds: a skirting on top of the other. We can incorporate this style in any room, especially if the house is huge and the ceiling is high.
The noticeable details of this style are grooves and the shape is usually square. But when installing a double-layered marble skirting, the owner is in charge of the design or the “profile,” as we call it.
Since this skirting style will be really visible, thorough planning is important by considering the following:
- What is the color shade and tone of the walls?
- What type of profile (or profiles) will the double-layered skirting be?
- How high will the double-layered skirting be?
- While this may not be completely necessary, what are the colors of the things that are in the room (furniture, cabinets, etc.)?
A marble double-layered skirting design can be a combination of light colors (Emperador Light, Carrara White, Statuary, Crema Marfil) and dark ones (Emperador Dark, Rojo Levantina, Nero Marquina, Spider Green).
We also recommend a double-layered marble skirting with a single color to achieve a minimalistic style.
Continued Skirting Board
Traditionally, we do skirting on walls that are on the same level of surface. Once the wall is on another level—for example, it is elevated because it is the wall beside the stairs—then that is a sign to discontinue the skirting.
With the continued marble skirting style, the skirting design will continue despite obstacles. Instead of stopping because there is a staircase, we will continue the application of baseboards and adapt them to the shape of the stairs beside the wall.
This style can also already be a stair molding design
The thing about the continued marble skirting board is we may also make it double-layered. We just have to pick a skirting profile that we want and combine it with the natural colors of marble.
Whatever the look that we’re trying to achieve with continued marble skirting or stair molding design, this can be incorporated with any place, especially the main staircase (if there is more than one), since it will likely be the longest and the nearest to the living room.
French Style Skirting Boards
The French interior is known for its use of muted colors, that a lot of people like incorporating in their own houses. Their designs are a mixture of modern and vintage, including their skirtings.
Marble skirtings that are perfectly cut—not too thin and not too thick—are an emblem of the French interior. It is sophisticated and it complements the paneled walls that are painted with a neutral color such as white or creamy beige.
A French-inspired interior is a dream for many, and these colors of glossy marble will be a good fit:
- Carrara White Marble or Carrara Gray Marble skirting – white or soft-gray background with a light-gray veining pattern
- Crema Marfil Marble skirting – creamy beige background with white and goldish-yellow veins
- Volakas Marble skirting – white background with light gray and soft brown veining pattern
These colors that we mentioned are soft in both hue and tone, which is the signature of French designs. Remember to keep the design minimal and ensure that the colors blend.
What Should Be the Color of the Skirting Design?
Choosing which color of marble you should use for your baseboard design can be tricky because there are a lot of catchy colors. But take note of these tips as a guide in this step.
- What is the color of the wall? We don’t have to match the exact color but we have to follow the tone. Lighter shades are good for tiny places to make them look spacious.
Darker ones are great for bigger rooms, highlighting the space more and giving it a contemporary touch.
- What are the colors of the objects in that room? Take into consideration the color of the furniture, since that will take up a lot of space.
If there is a color pattern at home such as pastel, rustic, and the like, then the marble skirting must match or be compatible with that.
The best type of marble skirting board design will vary depending on the space where it will be used. You must consider the interior of your house such as the: color of the walls, the color of the objects within the room where the skirting will be, and the space available.
Marble skirting styles such as the pencil round, beveled, flush, double-layered, french pattern, and continued are the main styles that we recommend for you to look at. These types of marble skirting are compatible with interiors that are either classic, modern, or artsy.
Together with marble’s natural colors and patterns, all of these skirting styles will provide stunning outputs that will fit anyone’s style.