How to choose the right colour to paint your skirting boards and architrave
Whilst the walls are the biggest and arguably most integral part of decorating a room, it is often the little things or the items which ‘break’ the design up that can set a room off. Examples of these little things are the skirting boards and architrave within a room – so how is this achieved?
To answer the above question it largely depends on the individual, their tastes, and the type of style they are trying or wanting to achieve. This aside, there is a degree of commonness about specific colour schemes and this will largely answer the question.
The classic / clean / look.
As the above picture shows (and many people will agree) you can’t beat white to show up your skirting and architrave. This generally goes with any colour so you don’t have to worry about the rest of the room. A good quality undercoat followed by a top coat of gloss paint can make a room and the features look sheen. White can get a little dirty easier however, so extra painting or cleaning may be necessary from time to time.
A bold appearance.
It probably doesn’t come as much of a shock that if you want to create a striking look in your room then bold colours will achieve this the best. There are however other things to consider about this:
* Whatever the colours of your walls, consider having your trim a shade or two brighter. This will complement the wall yet help to show the contrast up without it looking odd or out of place.
* For similar reasons to the above, having bright architrave or window reveals will also work to create that striking look.
The ‘clever’ look.
Some people would find this idea too plain or too boring yet it can actually work the opposite and in a favourable way.
Paint your trims the same colour as the walls.
* In some cases this can create a feel of space and if you have smaller room it is certainly something worth bearing in mind.
* If you’re the type of person that likes consistency and continuity then this approach keeps with that style.
Shades of brown and related can work really well but you do have to be cautious with these since they can easily end up looking wrong.
Dark colours are ideal to create a vintage or old fashioned look. There is also a feel of class associated with this. However, dark colours (especially with other dark features around) can make a room look very dull and give it the feeling of a bad atmosphere. Strike the balance for achievement here.
For example in the picture below, if it were not for the white breaking the colour up then some would find the dark too overpowering.
When all is said and done, experimenting is the key and seeing what you are happy with. This always produces the best results.
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