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Tile School: Tile and Electrical Outlets

By Kali |

If you're tiling in your kitchen or bathroom, there's a good chance you are going to have to consider electrical outlets. We get questions about how to handle tiling around these oh-so necessary household fixtures, so we're addressing the subject here. 

Some of you have asked if specialty tiles are needed to go around an outlet, but not to worry, no special tiles are needed. You and your tile installer will just have to factor in where cuts will have to be made to accomodate an outlet. See in-progress image below: 

Image: Sarah Sherman Samuel; Tile Shown: 2x6 tiles in Calcite. 

You can see in the image above that cuts were made in the tiles. Your contractor and tile installer will be aware of electrical outlets and will likely plan your installation accordingly. You can also see how the outlets just become apart of the install in the finished backsplash below: 

Tile Shown: 2x6 tiles in Caribbean and Crater Lake; 6" Hexagons in Crater Lake on the floor. 

This is another example of where a dry lay can come in handy. You can work with your installer to make sure they are accounting for the necessary cuts; this can be especially important if you are working with a more intricate shape, pattern or hanpainted tiles, where cuts can be more tricky. 

You can see below, where the hexagon tiles would have needed a precise cut: 

Tile Shown: 8" Hexagons in Adriatic Sea

Like any of the colors you see here? Order color samples online now. Still have questions about tile and your outlets? 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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