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Design Trends: Schluter and Tile Make a Winning Combination

Posted by: Kali • Mar 8

Design Trends: Schluter and Tile Make a Winning Combination

Image: Design Sponge
The majority of tile projects will require some form of trim. You can opt for bullnosed or glazed edged tile or perhaps trim pieces, but maybe you've chosen a specialty shape or perhaps trim just isn't your style. If either of these things are the case, Schluter might be for you. When there is an exposed edge or corner in a tiled area, this method not only protects your tile, but also creates a clean, finished look for your installation. You have likely seen Schluter at work in commercial or hospitality settings, but we're seeing more people opt for it as a clear design choice in residential spaces too.

Priced by the foot, these metal strips are available in several sizes and finishes, you're bound to find something that suits your style if this is the route you take. We are fans of this method, as all of their products work to increase the longevity of tile installations and as an added bonus, like us, Schluter aims to incorporate recycled content into their products.

We just used Schluter in our San Francisco showroom's newly re-tiled entryway:

Tile Shown: 6" Triangles in a blend of Frost, Iron Ore, Salton Sea and Sea Glass, all framed by a brass line of Schluter.

Below, we're sharing some great examples of Schluter in action:

In the Kitchen:
Schluter can become a seamless part of your tile installation, like the kitchen below.

Tile Shown: Sea Glass in 2x8s in an offset pattern, with Schluter to finish the exposed edge.

This kitchen is also a good example of a situation where some form of trim would be necessary. Our tiles do not come glazed on all edges, so with an exposed wall like this one you would need to either specify glazed or bullnosed edges, choose a trim piece (like a flatliner) or opt for Schluter.

Tile Shown: Up close of this sleek line of Schluter that finishes off this tile installation.

Schluter can be a clear design choice, as you can see in the kitchen below. Schluter comes in a wide variety of finishes, so it can match the other chosen hardware in your space or you can choose something that will seamlessly blend into the color of your tile. This kitchen backsplash is also a great example of how Schluter can cleanly finish off a shape like a hexagon or other specialty shape that would require cuts (and leave an exposed, unfinished edge) in an installation.

Image: Design Sponge

In your bathroom:
Schluter can often be found in bathroom settings too. It is a great way to trim tiled shower walls or finish off a wainscot height wall. You can see in the bathroom below how they have chosen a Schluter finish that perfectly matches their light gray grout, making it a near invisible part of the space.

Image: Dwell

Below is another example of how useful Schluter can be if you've chosen one of our specialty shapes. You can easily finish off and hide cut edges with a thin line of Schluter in the finish of your choice.

Tile Shown: Chaine Homme in Salton Sea trimmed with a thin line of silver Schluter.

Do you like any of the featured tile colors? Order samples online now. Have more questions about Schluter and trim? Simply call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.

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