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Tile School: Turning a Corner

By Kali

Tile School: Turning a Corner

Tile Shown: 3x6 in offset with Quarter Rounds framing a Star and Cross niche, all in Daisy

Does your tile project have a niche? A window that needs trimming? A pony wall? Then you'll likely need a trim piece for finishing the corners. Turning a corner can seem like a challenge, but not to worry, we'll walk you through the options you have. We have a post dedicated to trim, but we thought we ought to dedicate one solely to corners as well. Looking for pricing? You can find all of this information (and more) by visiting the detailed color page each of our colors. 

Glazed Edge:
A glazed edge is the simpliest way to turn a corner. This is where you simply glaze the short edges of your tile or brick and have them form the corner with a regular piece of tile. Like their trim counterparts, glazed edges are also priced by the linear foot. 

Justina Blakeney's bathroom utilizes a lot of glazed edge pieces to both turn a corner on walls, along with the trim along her arched shower niches: 

Here's a closer look at those glazed edges: 

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Tidewater with custom Elephant Star 

We can glaze the edges of our Brick too: 

Tile Shown: Cotton Brick 

But guess what? We also make Corner pieces for our Brick as well. Please let us know if you need us to glaze any of the top edges if they will be exposed!

You can choose to miter the edges of your tile too. Mitering is where a joint is created by two pieces of tile at a 90° angle to create a corner. 

If you're creating a tiled pony wall, like Justina Blakeney's, mitering might be a good option for you. (She also used glazed edges in this project in her tiled niches). 

Tile Shown: 8" Hexagons in Adriatic Sea 

Quarter Round
Quarter Rounds are a clean, finished way of going around a corner.  This method is seen often in kitchens, showers and shower niches as well. We price these 6" pieces by the linear foot, so you can determine how much you need by measuring the length or height of the area you need them for. 

From left to right we have: Round Liner (good for trimming out a specialty shape), Quarter Round (perfect for corners and niches) and last but not least, a Glazed Edge Flatliner (also good fro trimming spacialty field shapes). 

You can see Quarter Rounds in action trimming a pony wall here: 

Quarter rounds beautifully turn the corner between our Ogee Drop and the 3x6 subway tile in the shower below. Quarter rounds can be especially useful for installations that use specialty shapes as they nicely frame, while also closing off any cut edges. Like this niche: 

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

Here's another example of quarter rounds trimming out a shower niche: 

Tile Shown: 3x6 tiles in White Wash with 2" Hexagons in White Wash

Quarter Rounds can also come in handy if you need to trim out a window where a corner is involved: 

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Sea Foam 

Using bullnosed tiles is a simple way to go around a corner. This is where a bullnosed tile meets with a regular tile to form a corner. Like this: 

Tile Shown: White Wash in 3x6 Subway tiles forming a corner. 

Tile Shown: Shell in 3x6 bullnosed subway tiles created a fishished looking corner, as well as the niche.  
Image: Michael Fearon Bliss Photography 

Parallel Bullnose: 
Parallel Bullnose is where we bullnose both sides of the tile. You will see this often in a bathroom application, on either a narrow wall or along the lip of a shower pan surround. 

Tile Shown: Daisy in a parallel bullnose cleanly finishes this shower pan. 

Do you have more questions about corners? 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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