Architrave is one those home décor words that you either know or you don’t – and although most traditionally styled homes do use architrave as part of their interior design, it is something that is rarely replaced.
If you are unsure as to what architrave is then let us explain. Architrave is similar to skirting board in as much as it is used to create a kind of frame for a wall or floor and creates a seamless join between the two. The key difference between architrave and skirting board is that architrave is generally used over and around doorways.
One of the key advantages of using architrave is that it can mask architectural flaws such as uneven walls or workmanship flaws such as cracked plaster or imperfect finishing. It is available to purchase in a range of different materials with MDF, Pine, Oak, Walnut and Maple being the most common.
Choosing the right architrave for your home, office or public space is not as daunting as it may first seem – but as always, it is useful to get a professional opinion when it comes to your interior design. If you are unsure, please contact us at All About Interiors.
For most people, the best starting point is to assess the style that you are going for. If you are keeping other design aspects in place then keeping things on style is probably the best way to play it.
Like most interior design elements, architrave is available in a complete range of styles and can usually be modified to fit with existing styles (including color schemes with a splash of paint). For more traditional styles of décor you will most likely opt for the more intricate and detailed styles such as Ovolo and Ogee. Whereas more contemporary spaces will be complemented with more simple designs such as square edge or single grooved designs.
In terms of colors, you can go as bold or as neutral as you like when it comes to architrave and really it just depends on your overall concept for your space – again, it is always helpful to speak to an interior designer when it comes to this. For flowing open spaces, lighter colors such as brilliant whites work wonders and for contrasting, in smaller spaces darker colors can work wonderfully.
There is no definite need to use architrave in every room in your home but traditional homes with traditional features really come to life when fitted with all the trimmings and architrave is a trimming that will really bring character in to a room. Modern spaces can well do without so long as the walls and doorways have very few or no imperfections – however, if you want your contemporary space to have contrasting materials and/or colors then architrave and skirting is a great and easy way to achieve this.
If you are unsure how to utilize architrave in your interiors then drop us a line today and we would be only too happy to help.
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