What Are Skirting Boards and Architraves?

The most common mouldings in any house are skirting boards and architraves. However, not many people are aware of the differences in the materials used to make them. Unless you are well-up on your interior design knowledge, it can be easy to make mistakes when choosing your materials.

Skirting boards and architraves are first and foremost a practical mould offering protection from impact and covering imperfect edging where floors and doors meet walls. Traditionally they are made from wood (usually the cheaper species such as white deal) or MDF. Decoration is kept simple, with “Torus” and “Ogee” being the most popular styles.  

Due to the locations of skirting and architrave they are often subjected to a lot of wear and tear and both wood and MDF are known to deteriorate quickly. MDF in particular does not like water so the mopping of wooden floors does not help!

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Which Coving Style Will Best Suit My Interior?

Coving is the name given to moulding that is used in many homes for a variety of reasons, some of which may be:

  • To add character and decoration to a room
  • To cover cracks on the join between walls and ceilings
  • To hide other imperfections

In general, most homeowners choose coving because it adds a decorative feature that can really bring a room to life in a unique way. However, you need to be careful with the coving  style that you choose. Depending on the interior of your home, choosing the wrong style could mean that the coving looks out of place and doesn’t match your existing décor.

Here are some of our top tips on how to choose coving that is right for your home:

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Why Should I Choose Polystyrene/Polyurethane instead of Plaster Coving?

Coving is a popular feature that many people decide to add to their home interior. Although traditionally associated with older houses, coving styles have updated and evolved throughout the years and can also add a crisp, clean modern feel to any newer household.

There are many different types of coving materials on the market, and choosing which is right for you can be confusing. The two most popular materials are plaster and polystyrene coving, each of which has their own characteristics and benefits. Plaster is the original material that was always used for coving, before time moved on and more modern counterparts came to the fore. At Coving Direct we stock both High density Polystyrene and Polyurethane covings. If you are struggling to know which type of coving you should use, here are some key characteristics for you to take into consideration.

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