March 26, 2020

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Skirting tiles, good looks and practicality for flooring

Although the skirting board has fallen out of favour in recent years partly because of the minimalist aesthetic, there are good reasons to install skirting. Firstly for practical considerations, floor skirting protects walls, and secondly, for aesthetic reasons – it looks great. 

The skirting tile should be considered as a neat way of making a junction between wall tiles and floor tiles. This article considers wall skirting for different types of tiled flooring, in different styles and how best to use it in the various rooms of the home.

Floor skirting tiles can be considered as a way of finishing a tiled floor and as such must be thought of in conjunction. Because of their specific qualities, low porosity and hard-wearing, ceramic and porcelain tiles make a great skirting.

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What is skirting?

Skirting is a wall treatment that follows the perimeter of any given room and lines the junction between floor and wall with hard-wearing cladding material. Normally made from timber it protects the wall from damage while cleaning the floor, but also provides a crisp detail that embellishes messy junctions. Tiles skirting designs are normally between 10 and 20 cm in height but can be higher.

Bathroom skirting tiles

The bathroom is the most important room to provide skirting tiles in the home. Because the flooring requires cleaning on a regular basis involving rigorous mopping and sweeping. Skirting bathroom tiles should match or compliment the floor tiles, in fact, the same floor tiles can be used as skirting tiles. Simply cut them in half.

Kitchen skirting board

The other room in the home where cleanliness and regular mopping is necessary is the kitchen. Because of the humid conditions and requirement for cleanliness consider a high skirting tile here. If used together with wall tiles the skirting tiles do not necessarily have to protrude.

If used together with wall tiles the skirting tiles do not necessarily have to protrude.

Ceramic skirting tiles, using tiles as skirting board

Value for money, practical and aesthetically pleasing ceramic is the ideal skirting board.

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White skirting tiles

If the skirting tile has a profile with curves or rounded edges then white is an excellent choice. The colour highlights the selected profile and can add texture to a white wall tile in bathrooms and kitchens.

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Grey skirting tiles

A very practical choice because grey simply does not show up dirt like other colours. For a more dramatic and interesting effect use a darker tone grey with grey floor or wall tiles.

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Black skirting tiles

Sometimes you just can’t beat the classics. The black skirting tile that was once so ubiquitous is back, contrast with a lighter colour flooring or black and white chess-board flooring for optimum effect.

FAQs regarding skirting tiles

Yes, in fact it’s preferable. See above.

This is not only a good and practical idea but will save money and looks great too.

You don’t want to end up with skirting that looks too thick but practically speaking for refurbishment it is an excellent option. The choice of adhesive is critical, include a profile covering the combined thickness for optimum results.

Yes. Timber is a popular choice in the UK but tiled skirting really is worth installing.

No. Because the purpose of skirting is also to neatly hide the gap between the wall and the flooring finish. No matter what that flooring material happens to be.

Just like normal wall or floor tiling. Leave a gap and apply the grouping with the appropriate tool and wipe off the excess with a damp sponge.

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