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Tile School: Finding the Trim That is Best For You

Posted by: Kali • Aug 10

Tile School: Finding the Trim That is Best For You

Tile Shown: Bullnosed Frost 3x12. 

Trim often gets forgotten, which is really too bad. It can act as the finishing touch to an installation and if left out of your initial order, you might run into additional fees and we'd like to help you avoid that! We will always ask if you need it, but a lot of times you just aren't sure if you do or you don't. There are occasions where you might not need it. For example, you might have your tile or brick simply meeting against other surfaces, making it unnecessary. If you need help determining whether or not trim is a must for your project, feel free to contact us or fill out our Design Assistance Form and we'll be happy to assist you! 

We've talked about trim before here and here, but a refresher course never hurts! Below we'll define the basics. 

Glazed Edge

Our tile and brick do not come with the edges glazed, so this is the simplest way to finish an installation. This is where we glaze the specified edges of tile or brick; whether it be the long edge, short edge or corner. You can opt for this or bullnosed if you have tile that is meeting a wall where the edge of the tile will be visible. 

Tile Shown: Long Edged Glazed Brick in Snow

We also make corner pieces for Brick specifically and we can glazed the edges on these pieces as well: 

Tile Shown: A Brick corner piece in Willow

Bullnose

A bullnose trim piece is rounded, providing a clean transition into the wall or to go around a corner. Like glazed edges, you can specify if you need the short or long edge or a corner piece bullnosed. 

Tile Shown: A bullnosed piece and a regular piece of tile creating a corner. 

Tile shown: You can see bullnosed tile at work above, where the tile meets with the wall. 

Liners  

Liners are more decorative, but are a clean way to finish an installation. You can also bullnose or glaze the edges of these pieces. A lot of people choose our 1x6 sized tile for this look as you see below. 

Tile Shown: A 1x6 Glazed Edge Flatliner framing Ogees in Oyster Shell

Quarter Rounds vs. Round Liners 

A quarter round trim piece is used to turn a corner or to finish the edge of your installation; for example in a bathroom setting or kitchen back backsplash. Whereas, a round liner trim piece is used to frame out tile, much like a flatliner, but with more of an architectural, traditional look. You can see the difference between a Liner, Quarter Round and a Round Liner below. 

Tile Shown: Round Liner, Quarter Round and a Flatliner with the long edge glazed in White Wash

Tile Shown: Quarter Rounds at work framing out a shower niche in Daisy

Architectural Moldings 

You can use our Architectural moldings as a decorative trim to achieve a traditional aesthetic (we have a blog on Traditional bathrooms that you can look at here). Inspired by classical architecture, using molding really gives a finished feel. You often find this sort of trim in a bathroom setting (to frame out a mirror for example) or simply for added dimension and detail as shown below. 

Tile Shown: You can see a lot of trim at play here! Liners, bullnosed pieces and molding pieces too! 

We think the infographic below is also very helpful for the better understanding of liners and architectural moldings, as well as this blog

Looking for trim pricing? It is all on our website under the color page of each of our colors. Need some help? 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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