Baseboards or skirting boards may only be a bit strip of wood nailed to the bottom of walls, but they can certainly enhance the visual appeal of any room. While the material that they are made of plays a vital role in determining how they can add to the design of a room, the type of paint that you finish it with will ultimately decide how it will look and keep in the years to come.
There are a number of options to choose from when deciding on what kind of paint finish to apply to a skirting board.
1. Satin Paint
This type of paint is perfect for that room that requires a bit of shine without necessarily going overboard, and is ideal for walls that you would prefer to be easy to wipe down. It’s only just a bit glossier than eggshell paint, though it still leans more towards flat than glossy.
2. Semi-Gloss Paint
Semi-gloss is THE paint to use on walls and skirting boards that are more exposed to grease and water than your average room as it provides easy wipe-ability and unparalleled protection that makes it more durable than flat or eggshell paint. The downside is that it may just be too shiny of a finish for your liking.
3. Gloss or High-Gloss Paint
This paint provides ultimate shine, and is the easiest to wipe down among all paint finishes. However, it does tend to highlight flaws and is not quite simple to touch up as it usually leaves an obvious “ring” on the area that was patched.
4. Flat Paint
This type of paint dries to a matte and minimally-reflective finish. It has the advantage of being readily absorbed. However, it’s this same trait of quick absorption that may also pose problems as it tends to grip stains and dirt particles, making it harder to clean. Nevertheless, it is the best paint to use when the aim is to minimize the texture of rough surfaces, and is the easiest to touch up without showing any signs of patch jobs.
5. Eggshell Paint
Eggshell paint, when compared to flat paint, is just slightly less matte with a hint of sheen that acts as a sort of buffer protection. It has the advantage of being a wipe-able version of flat paint, but still with the same matte-like finish, although it may not be as easy to patch up.
While the type of material that it’s made out of is important in determining its longevity, the skirting board finish does need to be of high quality and durability in order to withstand the scrapes and bumps that it is bound to obtain. This will ensure that the baseboard will look its part and last for years to come.