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Tile School: Trim By Style

Posted by: Kali • May 10

Tile School: Trim By Style

Trim can be a tricky thing, so it's normal to have a lot of questions about it: Do I need it or not? How much do I need? What is going to work best for my project? Trim is generally needed when there will be an exposed edges of tile in your installation and you have a lot of options on how you want to accomplish a finished look. And it is important that the trim you choose reflects the the style of your space. We'll walk you through all your trim options and the styles they best go with below:

Glazed Edges: Contemporary, Eclectic, Modern & Transitional
Our tile's edges do not come finished, so the most simple way to finish an exposed edge is going to be glazed edge pieces.A trim option for numerous styles, we can glaze the short or long (or both) sides of your tile depending on where it is being installed.

Tile Shown: Glazed Edge Brick; like all of our tiles, we can glaze the long or short sides of our Brick too.

In an installation with glazed edges, you might also see mitered edges to create a corner:

Tile Shown: 3x6 Subway tile in a Custom Color.

Bullnosed: Craftsman, Eclectic, Traditional & Transitional
Bullnosed trim pieces are where the edge of the tile curves into the wall; we can bullnose the short or long sides of your tile.

Tile Shown: Bullnosed pieces of Frost.

If you're going to have an exposed edge in your installation (like the backsplash below), bullnosed pieces can be a simple and clean way to finish a project.

Tile Shown: 4x4 tiles in Gardenia; top pieces are bullnosed for a clean finish.

Bullnosed pieces are often found in bathroom applications as well:

Tile Shown: Star and Cross tiles in Daisy, along with bullnosed tiles to finish the lip of the shower pan.

Flatliners & Liner pieces: Craftsman, Eclectic, Traditional, Transitional & Victorian
These trim pieces are great for finishing off a specialty shape, pattern or for framing a focal point.

Tile Shown: Round Liner, Quarter Rounder and Flatliner trim pieces.

You can see 1x6 Flatliners at work in Emily Henderson's masterbathroom below.

Tile Shown: Ogee Drops framed by Glazed Edge 1x6 Flatliner trim pieces, all in Crater Lake.

A round liner works well in a craftman or more traditional setting:

Tile Shown: Custom handpainted Madrid tiles with a round liner and 4x4 tiles in Gardenia.

Quarter Rounds are a trim piece used to turn a corner, you can use them with a "beak" trim piece as well if you have to create a corner like the installation below:

Tile Shown: Quarter Rounders and a Beak create the corner in this Martinique Ogee Drop shower.

Architectural Moldings: Craftsman, Traditional, Transitional & Victorian
If the style of your space is falls under Craftsman, Traditional, Transitional or Victorian, Architectural Moldings might be the perfect way to finish your project.

Tile Shown: Examples of some of our offered Architectural Moldings.

Tile Shown: 2x6 tiles in Sea Foam with architectural moldings finishing the wall.

Schluter: Contemporary, Eclectic, Modern & Transitional
Not into trim? Or just like the idea of bringing an additional texture into your installation? Schluter might be the answer for you. 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.

Tile Shown: 2x8 tiles in Sea Glass are finished with a silver strip of Schluter.

Do you like any of the featured tile colors? Order color samples online now. Need some help choosing trim for your project? 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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