Jump to content

What colour should I paint skirting boards and door frames?


  • Please log in to reply
26 replies to this topic

#1 *mylittleprince*

Posted 30 May 2011 - 02:48 PM

Hi

We've just painted our house with Dulux 1/2 strength Hog Bristle with two feature walls of Dulux Stone (think the colour was Riverock). What colour should be paint the skirting boards and door frames? They are currently a off white with a very yellow undertone.

I was thinking of either white (but would get dirty with a toddler) or 1/4 strength Hog Bristle. What is the norm?

Any tips on sanding and painting, not sure where to start.

The doors are also very dirty (we've only just moved in and don't think they've been maintained very well). I've tried cleaning them with sugarsoap to no avail. Should we sand and paint these the same colour?

Thanks original.gif

#2 emm79

Posted 30 May 2011 - 03:43 PM

I'd go full strength Hog Bristle, in Aquanamel;  I'd have them darker than the walls, rather than lighter.  Evan possilby the colour straight above hog bristle on the colour wall, Self-Destruct.

Are they currently painted?  If so, you'll need to give them a light sand first, they don't have to be sanded right back, just enough to take the sheen off.

FWIW, I've recently done one of our rooms with Dulux Stately Frills quarter on the walls, and Stately Frills full in semi-gloss aquanamel for the skirting boards and architraves.

Dulux have a really good How To Guide to Painting, which is also available on their website

#3 Sweet like a lemon

Posted 30 May 2011 - 03:55 PM

OP, you are in the same process as me! We vary greatly though on colour choices. Anyway, your frames and skirting should be darker than your walls so as the PP said, full strength colour their with 1/4 strength colour on the walls unless you are planning to do a feature wall.

Before starting with either painting or sanding wash the area throughly with a sugar soap solution. The only areas which need to be sanded are uneven areas, rough wood and areas painted with oil or enamel paints. For painted areas you only need roughen them up a bit so that your undercoat doesn't wipe off. After sanding wash the area again.
For skirting and frames you want to use an enamel paint and it is more durable than wall paint and doesn't scuff and crack.
Fix all cracks and holes and sand before painting.
Remember if you are using gloss or semi gloss paints that they are reflective so flaws show up more.

#4 *mylittleprince*

Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:05 PM

Thanks so much for the advice. When you say go stronger if the walls are HB 1/4 should we go 1/2 or full strength? Will wash with sugar soap and sand back.



#5 Bluenomi

Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:13 PM

We did ours a stronger version of our netural colour. The walls are 1/4 and the doors and skirting are 1/2 strength. We didn;t want a huge contrast though, if you do go for full strength

#6 i-believe-in-miracles

Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:18 PM

Our house is currently being painted Ecru (very similar to HB) - varying strengths throughout of 1/2 and full strength and a couple of walls using Self Destruct.  Our doors, trims and skirts are being done in Lexicon 1/4 strength gloss.  I love the contrast and white is always fresh.  I have heard that many people are going the darker colours on the doors, skirts and trims but I think it looks too heavy.

Good luck!  It is so hard choosing colours from those tiny colour swatches!

Felicity.

#7 ~Panda~

Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:57 PM

I have full strength hog bristle and full strength china white walls with white (ceiling white) trim and doors. I love it. I can post a pic if you like?

#8 *mylittleprince*

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:11 PM

Hi Panda

Yes please! That would be great. DH is keen to go for white original.gif

#9 ~Panda~

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:27 PM

Not the best pics. Some pics make the walls look a bit darker than they actually are. On a sunny day, they look much lighter. I have just thrown a whole heap on so you can get an idea.









#10 la di dah

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:28 PM

I am pro-white trim, myself. But darker is an increasing trend, I'm willing to acknowledge that, I just always like white/cream/lighter-than-the-wall better in my own spaces.

#11 ~Panda~

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:29 PM





China White walls:



#12 *mylittleprince*

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:29 PM

Thanks Panda. I love it, it looks so clean and fresh. I love your house!

#13 la di dah

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:45 PM

Panda, beautiful pictures.

Can I be the dweeb that asks where you got your coffee table?

#14 ~Panda~

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:46 PM

Sure original.gif It is just from Everyday Living. I love it. I am considering putting black handles on it. Not sure. What do you think?

#15 fraidycat

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:53 PM

As a general rule of thumb when I do houses, if they are period eg, colonial, or post war, we paint the arcs and skirting white to match the cornice and ceiling.  In modern houses we paint them the same as the wall colours.

#16 la di dah

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:55 PM

Thanks - I am still learning all the good Australian furniture places. Hooray, there's one in my home town.

I've seen some wrought iron pulls that could look really cute.

I have a white nightstand I think I am going to end up putting black knobs on. If I ever decide and then stick to the decision.

What's the metal tone on that pendant lamp and on the clock face on the wall? I can't quite see (which is more a criticism of my monitor than of your photo) but something that relates to that could be really pretty. Maybe oil-rubbed bronze? If, you know, my monitor hasn't gone completely schizophrenic.

#17 jules363

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:55 PM

Panda!  Beautiful!  What a gorgeous home!  

We moved into our new home in September last year, and I am in the process of removing the stark, white walls, and replacing with something warmer.  So far I have painted a couple of warm, coffee coloured feature walls.  Your pictures have given me something to show DH about how I want the rest - perfect!

#18 fraidycat

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:57 PM

Also, avoid using enamel!!! Use a waterbased product as it does not yellow as enamel does.  I use dulux or resene because I have an insurance obligation and I have never had to do rectification work on paint if using an acrylic.  Have had to on a house which I used enamel.  My painters use acrylic as well.

#19 ~Panda~

Posted 30 May 2011 - 06:06 PM

QUOTE (fraidycat @ 30/05/2011, 05:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Also, avoid using enamel!!! Use a waterbased product as it does not yellow as enamel does.  I use dulux or resene because I have an insurance obligation and I have never had to do rectification work on paint if using an acrylic.  Have had to on a house which I used enamel.  My painters use acrylic as well.


Totally agree! We used acrylic on our trim and doors (and walls!).

Jules - Naaww. Thanks! I've had a trying 3.5 years so I started putting a lot of energy into my house. You should see the before pics!

La di dah - That's what I was thinking, a twisted wrought iron knob. The clock is wrought iron in a dark bronze/ almost black. I thought the black would pick up through my TV, wedding canvases (sp?!) and black mirror. I thought I could add black patterned pillows on my lounge.

#20 ~Panda~

Posted 30 May 2011 - 06:14 PM

I was thinking of pillows similar to the print of the bedspread in one of my guest rooms.



Sorry to bombard you all with my house pics.  blush.gif

#21 la di dah

Posted 30 May 2011 - 06:18 PM

Do it, Panda!

(Then take pics for me to ogle).

I have a cute little white nightstand in our master bedroom, and we have a wrought iron bed, and once I sort out what to put on the other side of the bed, I was going to swap the knobs all out for either wrought iron to tie in or old-style cut crystal in either green or amber to pop. But more and more I'm settling on the black.

#22 dizzy-anne

Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:19 PM

Hi OP!

I have full strength Hog Bristle on my walls and as a PP suggested, the trim and skirting was Self Destruct - I didn't like it however as it made the house feel smaller, a bit darker and closed in so I repainted with white trim and it has made the house seem really fresh - love it!  

I also agree with another PP who said in modern houses she paints walls and trim the same but in older houses the trim in white - I think both these look good too biggrin.gif

Happy painting!

#23 claptrap

Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:32 PM

I have creamy white walls (Antique White USA) with a bluer white on the skirtings and doors (China White).  But my house has small rooms and sadly the ceilings are not super high so darker skirtings would never have worked for me.  And like a PP I lived through the 70s and my Dad still lives in the childhood home with the mission brown gloss skirting boards.  sick.gif

Each to their own though I guess (in case someone here loves their mission brown).

Panda your home is charming and elegant.  I too can speak to the effectiveness of pouring your energies into your home when life is not going to plan!  It works for me!!

#24 coffy11

Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:35 PM

Panda, i love your house!! wub.gif

I like white on skirting boards and wardrobes.  I'd love to paint, have never done it before.

#25 ~Panda~

Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:40 PM

Thank you for such lovely comments about my house. My MIL and a few others have said some negative things about it (it's age, not modern, why didn't we buy something nice and new, etc) so it's lovely to hear positive things!




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Finding baby name inspiration in unusual places

Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.

The case for inducing at 37 weeks

While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?

Does controlled crying really work?

Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Brain damaged mum receives compensation

A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.

Indigenous midwives break down the barriers

A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.

The Katering Show's next big delivery

Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

Why I have mixed feelings about Cindy Crawford's leaked photo

Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.

How to create a Peppa Pig pancake

Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?

'It's a little life, not a little loss': pregnancy after miscarriage

I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.

Bonds Baby Search 2015: what you need to know

February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.

Who will manage your Facebook account when you're gone?

This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.

Struggling mum of four wins $188 million

Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.

Pregnant obese women a 'relatively new problem', coroner hears

A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.

'I'm angry as hell': the story behind mum's passionate vaccination plea

She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

8 different kinds of tantrums

I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: symptoms, treatment and your fertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.

What's the best position for giving birth?

If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?

Wife forgives snake catcher husband for car surprise

With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.

Kids who meet milestones at their own pace

We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.

Ruby shines as Bonds Baby

Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.

Why dads should go to sleep school

If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Win a KitchenAid Mixer

Let's celebrate 300,000 fans on Facebook

To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.