*Options for Tile Trim

March 27, 2011

Planning an installation of tiles does not end with choosing the type, color, design, or layout.  Another factor many overlook is the choice of tile trim.  Unknown to many,  there are various types and styles of tile trim to finish off a tiled surface’s exposed edges.  The trim likewise has an impact on the tile layout.  There are different types complementing or ruining the design of your wall, backsplash or countertop.

One type are corner tiles which are concave or convex angle. It will eliminate  an unsightly grout line where two walls or surfaces meet and creates a smooth transition between the tile edges.  These are often referred to as “cove” tile for inside corners and outside corner tiles are known as “edge” tile. These tiles are commonly used in bathrooms, shower stalls and kitchen countertops.

For field tiles, a pencil trim can be installed along the edge instead of having it around the perimeter.  It is a decorative tile which features a half circle profile.  It is best used for a uniform field of tiles.  Similar to a pencil trim is a rope trim.  Rather than a being a half circle, it is carved with curve lines which mimics the look of rope braids.

If the tile design works better with more ornate trims, decorative molding trims may be more appropriate.  These are trims carved with shapes and designs.  Unlike other trims, these are usually placed in the middle of a uniform or simple field of tiles to break the monotony and give it a special accent.  It usually works better together with a simple field of tiles rather than those with more complex designs.  Installing decorative trims on a tile wall with so many colors and design would make it too busy and cluttered.

When choosing trims or edges for your tiles, it would still be best to consult with the manufacturer on which would best suit or fit your field tiles.

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