A home decoration or refurbishment project can take a long time to complete and you don’t always get a true sense of how great it looks until you add the finishing touches. And this is why the finishing touches are often the most important to get right. A home refurbishment project can involve lots of different colours and textures, as well as deciding which features to restore and what to replace, particularly in a period property. But deciding on your architrave and skirting board designs can make the biggest difference, even though it might be the last decision you need to make.

Architrave and skirting boards are usually the last features to be installed in a home refurbishment project. They come after electrics, after plumbing, after tiling and plastering, and sometimes after painting or wallpapering. This is because architrave and skirting complete the picture of your overall design and won’t damage anything else in their installation, because they can’t physically be installed until all this previous work has been done. Typically, a joiner fitting architrave and skirting is the final job to plan.

What is architrave and why is it important?

Architrave is a type of moulding fitted around doorways, archways and window frames to improve the look and the overall aesthetic, but also to provide a key practical benefit. Architrave covers joints and gaps between the door or window frame and the wall. It will also cover cracks that might develop as the wood expands and affects the plasterwork.

Through Period Mouldings you can replace architrave of Edwardian, Georgian or Victorian style to ensure your period home has consistent interior design. The architrave will be best made from a hardwood such as pine or oak, because it needs to be durable, adaptable and able to expand.

What is skirting and why is it important?

Skirting boards carry out a similar purpose to architrave, but they are a board which covers the lower part of the wall to the floor. Again, they add an aesthetic look, as they can be styled to match the period theme of your property, but they also have many practical benefits. Skirting can protect plastered walls from moisture, stop drafts developing in a room, hide joints, uneven edges and gaps and provide an extra level of protection from pets, children and vacuum cleaners.

You will usually find that most skirting boards are a hardwood, such as pine or oak, but they provide a very useful purpose in terms of completing the overall internal design and adding an elegance and a classic feel that may have been missing previously.

Period features from Period Mouldings

If you think your period refurbishment is complete, it will only be so when you have added architrave and skirting. And matching them with other period features such as picture rails, doors or ceiling mouldings is very important in creating the overall look you were hoping for.

You can contact our experts at Period Mouldings who can advise on what style of architrave and skirting is best for your home, and before you know it, you really will have added the genuine finishing touches to your home improvement, home decoration or refurbishment project. And we know how long and how disruptive these projects can be, so make sure the end is a good one, by choosing the right finishing touches from Period Mouldings.

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