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Intrim SK803-804 Shadowline®

Modern Contemporary / Art Deco

SK803-804 Shadowline

As seen in Three Birds Renovations House 15 Modern Mallorca. See it here.

Intrim two-piece SK803-804 Shadowline® system skirting board is designed to be installed prior to wall plastering to provide a flush finish. It is ideal for applications that traditionally require skirting to be installed after flooring such as timber or tiled floors. This style of moulding is recommended for use in a Modern Contemporary / Art Deco-style interior.

SK803-804 is 15mm thick suiting a 13mm plasterboard, has a Shadowline groove that is 10mm high x 6mm deep, and is available in 65mm, 90mm, 110mm, 160mm, 205mm and 260mm visible heights.

Unlike traditional skirting boards, the height dimensions on Shadowline are now shown as the visible height to the top of the Shadowline Groove (A). This allows you to measure up from the floor to select your profile sizes. The actual material is much higher than the visible size, as the top section of the skirting board sits behind the plasterboard. Refer to the diagram and Shadowline table of dimensions to help you select the size that best suits your requirements.

Intrim SK803-804 Shadowline® is available in a primed MR MDF finish, and is compatible for use with the Intrim SK800 Shadowline® System door jambs.

Our easy step-by-step “How to Installation Guide” for the 2 Piece Shadowline Skirting Board System can be found here.

Australian Patent No AU2014100509.

Available in:

  • 90mm wide x 15mm thick x 5400mm length
  • 110mm wide x 15mm thick x 5400mm length
  • 160mm wide x 15mm thick x 5400mm length
  • 165mm wide x 15mm thick x 5400mm length
  • 205mm wide x 15mm thick x 5400mm length
  • 260mm wide x 15mm thick x 5400mm length

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How to choose your skirting & architraves

What is a skirting board?

Traditionally the skirting board was developed to hide the junction between floor and plastered wall. Plaster often developed cracks and rough edges and the skirting board was a neat way to cover this up. As well, it covers the rough ends of carpet.

Over time the skirting board came to achieve additional benefits such as preventing drafts, hiding electrical equipment and providing a barrier to protect walls from the daily activity of kids, pets, vacuum cleaners and general traffic.

However, beyond mere functionality a skirting board now provides an aesthetic completeness

What different factors should I consider when choosing my skirting boards?

While it is true that other elements of home design are larger in terms of impact, getting the design of your skirting boards right makes a big difference. They frequently act as a conduit in blending colour and style themes between rooms. They ensure your objective of consistency and a décor that is pleasing to the eye.

The factors to consider therefore are 1) style, 2) colour, 3) material and 4) finish. All these details need to be combined as they add up to the perfect decorative completion of your build or renovation.

What style of skirting is right for you?

What style of skirting is right for you? Determine your style is a great place to start.

Contemporary or period?

In modern homes often a plain, minimalist skirting board without intricate detail will work.

But it is possible that a period style will too, especially when great care is taken with its colour and by teaming it with the right furniture and furnishings.

It is important to note though that this will not apply in the reverse scenario, i.e. a contemporary skirting in a period home, because they mostly have other features such as door or wall trims and dado rails that must be matched.

It is all about getting the balance right!  

Take for example Georgian and Victorian style homes. These mostly have tall and airy rooms – some up to 3 metres – which will accommodate high and more ornate skirtings.

Then Edwardian homes, which are not quite so spacious. Or the contemporary home with a 2.4 metre ceiling height. Skirtings for these must be kept in proportion, not only with the height of the ceilings but the size of the room.

Skirting styles cannot be mixed and matched in different rooms, adjacent corridors and certainly not in the same room! Some traditional or period style skirtings have such distinctive ridges and mouldings that this would not be possible anyway.

How to choose the right size skirting boards?

How to choose the right size skirting boards? First, decide what you are wanting to achieve in your home build, addition or renovation. These are some factors to keep in mind…….

1) Space. A commonly held belief is that large skirting boards can only be used in big rooms with high ceilings. But if you are wanting to create a cosy space, a higher-than-normal skirting is something you can experiment with. Similarly, to create an impression of extra spaciousness you can keep the skirtings smaller in a large area. Ask our team to show you some sample decors.

2) Height. A good starting point is the following chart:

Ceiling Height Complimentary Skirting Sizes
To 2.4m 90-135mm
To 2.7m 115-185mm
To 3.0m 135-230mm
To 3.6m 185mm+

The above are suggestions only. Any skirting 185mm high or more we consider to be large skirtings. 185mm suits most new homes. A more “busy” profile generally looks better in a room with more space available. In a smaller room – if you are using a high-profile style – we would recommend a design with more “breathing space”, i.e. with 50% of flat space in its profile.

Think about what you want to achieve. Do you want a dramatic effect, a cosy space or just to open your room out?

Do you want the skirtings to stand out as a piece of architectural art, or do you want to just enhance the décor of your room?

What is an Architrave?

An Architrave is a timber moulding that is installed to surround a window, door or other openings to hide the join between the wall and door or window frames. An important decorative detail that enhances the architectural style of a building and protects it from knocks and bumps. An Architrave is not a structural element, they create the illusion of height or accentuates a doorway or window surround. Adding a custom architrave profile to your interior adds grandeur & architectural details to the space. Intrim Mouldings large range of designer architrave profiles will suit all styles & designs to create a look that will impress. Available in numerous sizes and hundreds of styles, match your architraves to your skirting boards or select a complementary design style. Samples are available to help you select your perfect profile.  

Do skirting boards have to match the architraves?

Once you have chosen the skirting board the next decision to make is about the architraves. While most people will choose the same profile – in a smaller height – it is possible to mix and match profiles to achieve a look that is both interesting and beautiful. Following are some recommendations that will help in getting the mix right: 1) Architrave widths for different door heights recommendations:
Door Height Architrave Width
2.04m 66-90mm
2.34m 90-135mm
2.70m 115mm+
2) Skirting and architrave combination recommendations:
Skirtings Architrave
90-135mm 66-90mm
115-185mm 90-115mm
185-230mm 90-115mm
230mm+ 115mm+
The most commonly used combinations are:
  • 135mm skirting with 90mm architrave
  • 185mm skirting with 90mm architrave

What colour should my skirting and architraves be?

The colour scheme you choose is a big factor in achieving the desired result – a pleasing overall look – with either coloured or neutral toned skirting boards. Here are some ideas:

  •  Coloured skirtings with white or off-white walls. This helps to “frame” a room and offers scope for toning wall decorations,

  •  White or cream skirtings with coloured walls. This places the emphasis on the skirtings, so it is important to install a good style and finish as any imperfections will be noticeable. Care needs to be taken with this as it is easy to get wrong.

Bonnie's Cottage - living room with chairs

  •  Walls and skirtings in the same colour but with the subtle variation of having the skirtings a shade lighter or darker. Or skirtings and walls the same colour. Either of these give a seamless appearance and both are a popular statement in contemporary homes. Both approaches give the impression of greater space.

What is the difference between primed and unprimed skirting and architraves?

Primed or Un-primed? Put simply, primed mouldings are those that have been coated with a primer before leaving our factory. After they have been installed, they then only need painting with your final colour. This is fast becoming the preferred option as it saves time and money for the end user. Extra lead time must be allowed for if you choose this option. Normally it will add only a few days to your expected delivery date.  

How to choose skirting combining practicality, budgets and aesthetics?

When choosing your skirting boards & architraves you need to analyse how much traffic the skirting is going to have to cope with and how soon you may need to replace them. Plus in an addition or renovation, how are they going to look adjacent to existing rooms?

Also consider the aesthetics of the finished room, so consider other features such as chair rails, picture rails, wainscoting and other wall panelling designs.

Keeping to a budget? A cost-saving option is to reduce the skirting thickness without altering its height. This can often give you the profile you want but at a cheaper price. We estimate that while skirtings and architraves are less than 1.2% of the overall project costs, the impact they make and the value they add is far greater.

Aim for consistency. Practicality, longevity and aesthetics combined throughout your project will give you years of satisfaction. Skirtings must flow whether in corridors or adjoining rooms. They make far more impact than you may have thought!

What is the difference between a skirting board and architrave?

The difference between a Skirting board and Architrave is the location and the size. The Skirting board is designed to be fitted around the perimeter of a room, fixed to the wall where it meets the floor. An Architrave, however is usually a smaller width than the skirting board, and is fitted around the windows and doorways to cover where the wooden frame meets the plasterboard.

Is there a minimum order quantity?

Yes, Fast Trim is not designed for small orders and as such the minimum order quantity is 400m which can be made up of a combination of skirting and architrave. If you are not sure if your project will be that size, talk to us and we can make a recommendation as to whether Fast Trim is suitable.

Frequently asked questions

How do I install skirting boards and architraves?

How much skirting or architrave I will need?

To accurately work this out, you will need to measure the rooms, doorways and window frames. To learn how to do this see the guide here.

We also offer a free take-off service for our account customers, where we work out the requirements for you. Simply submit your project details, plans & window schedule. Learn more here.

What do I do if I need a curved architrave or skirting board?

We have state-of-the-art machinery to produce spectacular curved architraves,  arches, and custom made curved timber mouldings to specification. Skirting boards and wainscoting mouldings can be produced to bend around curved walls using a flexible polyurethane material that matches the profile designs used for your flat surfaces. When painted you can’t see the difference to provide you with seamless finish throughout the project.

How much does mouldings cost? How should I budget for skirting & architraves for my build?

There are many factors that will affect the total price of your project. Understanding the differences between the material costs & labour costs, and the combination of these factors along with the scale of the project, the number of rooms, the size of the rooms, and the complexity will determine how much you will need to budget.
Material costs – The type of material used (FJ Pine, MDF or other hardwoods), the size of the timber moulding profiles height & thickness, the finish (raw or primed), and quantity per profile will determine the price. When selecting a design the price will not vary if all these factors remain unchanged.
Labour costs – Installation work is generally carried out by a professional tradesperson/carpenter. They will generally work on an hourly basis, and the rates may vary based on your location. The skirting installation cost of labour ranges from $68 to $107 per hour depending on the city or State of the project. Decorative skirting boards need to be scribed in each corner to provide a neat finish. This is done by hand by a skilled carpenter and can add significant time to the project. The end result is spectacular and well worth the investment. You can further speed up the insulation time by 45% with FAST TRIM®. This Intrim exclusive prescribed skirting and pre-mitred architrave system provides a high precision machine finish that saves time & money making decorative skirting and architraves now even more affordable. Learn more here
When considering your total project budget significant painting cost savings can be achieved by ordering pre-primed mouldings. This priming is applied to your order by a precision machine during production providing a superior and more cost-effective finish.  Learn more here

How long is each length of skirting & architrave?

FJ Pine & MDF skirting & architrave is sold in lengths of 5.4 metres

Are Skirting and Architrave the same profile?

Yes, every profile code can be used for both skirting and architrave. The only difference is that the architrave typically will be of a smaller height when compared to the skirting of the same profile. For example, SK498 is both a skirting and an architrave, but the architrave will be of a smaller height (66mm, 90mm, or 115 mm) while skirting can have a height up to 285mm.  

Which architrave goes with my skirting?

If you have already selected your skirting and are looking for the architrave to go with it, we usually suggest using the same profile design in a smaller size to provide a consistent style treatment, scale, and balance. However, in some cases, if the skirting has a large area of detailing it may not be available in the smaller size for your desired architrave size. In such cases, we suggest you go for a similar profile with complimenting design elements, which would be a different profile code. Click here to watch the video that explains how to choose the right architrave with your skirting.    

What is the minimum quantity you can order?

The minimum order quantity is 10 lengths. Furthermore, we always recommend increasing your order slightly to allow for any wastage or damage. It is the most cost-effective option instead of placing a top-up order if you underestimate your requirements. 

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