Your skirting boards might not always steal the spotlight, but with the right choice of paint, they can transform from a mundane element into a focal point.
Depending on the type of finish you wish to achieve will determine the best type of paint for your skirting boards. For example, a mid-sheen finish is a popular choice that can be achieved using satinwood paint. Just as popular is a high-sheen finish that’s achieved using gloss paints. Alternative finishes include low sheen (using eggshell) and natural stained finishes.
To assist you in selecting the right paint for your skirting boards, our handpicked selection lists top-performing paints, chosen based on our first-hand experience painting a variety of skirting boards. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.
Our Top Picks At A Glance:
How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates The Skirting Board Paints
As we replaced all the skirting boards within a recent house renovation, we took the chance to test out a number of suitable paints. During this time, we experimented with paints that included a mixture of gloss, satin and eggshell finishes.
After testing these paints, we found that our favourite paint for skirting boards was the Dulux Once Satinwood. This was primarily because it had less sheen but the finish you wish to achieve to your skirting boards is a matter of personal preference.
For example, most people prefer a glossier finish to their skirting boards but there are of course many other finishes you can choose from.
In terms of our ongoing testing for this article, we analyse the paint’s ease of application, finish, durability, ability to remain white as well as its formulation.
Below is a video that we posted on our YouTube channel that shows us testing one of our top recommendations (Dulux Once Satinwood). As you can see in the video, it was really easy to apply and it left a great finish.
To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest skirting board paint, we are continually testing paints from some of the top brands in the UK. This means that when we notice a brand has released a new and improved paint, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test (where applicable).
As well as testing a range of paints that are suitable for skirting boards, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included their coverage, ease of application, finish, non-yellowing capabilities, time to dry, colours available and value for money.
If it’s your first time painting skirting boards, we wrote an in-depth guide that walks you through how to achieve a professional finish.