You’ve chosen the perfect tile for the kitchen or bath and are prepared to order. Have you thought about which trim pieces you’ll have to complete the job correctly? This really isn’t the most exciting part of your tile purchasing, but it’s a mandatory one.
For many tile installations, the finishing bits are a no-brainer: You go with either the fitting surface bullnose or quarter round, which I will explain beforehand. In other cases, you might consider decorative trim to add a custom touch. Listed below are 6 hot options for completing your tile design.
Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..
No trim. First let us look at situations where no trim is required. For many glass tile installations, once the tile isn’t cut, you don’t have to trim it out. Inside this kitchen backsplash, matchstick glass tile runs horizontally and the top portion is smooth. The cut edges are right against the wall cabinet on one side and window casing over the opposite, so they aren’t exposed and do not require trim.
ds design studio
Here, the glass and stone mosaic backsplash tile extends from counter to the base of this wall cabinets and out of the refrigerator cabinet to a wall on the left. Generally, if the tile butts up against a cabinet, ceiling, ceiling or molding, the edges aren’t exposed so that you don’t have to complete it off with trim.
Surface bullnose. This pertains to a tile trim piece that has a convex radius on both sides. It’s used to complete the top or side of a tile area. This rear splash was created using classic 3″ x 6″ ceramic subway tile and the edges are finished with two” x 6″ fitting surface bullnose plus a bullnose corner, also known as downward angle or dual bullnose. The trim forms an inconspicuous border round the rear splash and gives it a neat look.
Here, similar bullnose boundaries penny round tile, and it has the appearance of clean white molding. This is a great solution for completing unusually shaped ones or tile without fitting trim pieces.
Quarter round. Also called a bead, this curved cut piece is usually 6″ long and is used to complete the edges of tile set up on a mortar bed. It appears like a quarter of a round. In this bath, quarter rounds line the edge of the shower wall and tub deck. The corner piece is called a beak. Isn’t that a funny title?
Cap molding. This trim piece is a decorative choice for finishing or “capping” a tile wainscot. Occasionally it’s known as chair rail. Plain white caps top this bath’s wall tile and a black accent liner plays off the white and black mosaic flooring well.
Here, steel blue cap molding, decorative accent tiles and pub liners contrast the crisp white tile of the tub surround and bring out the beautiful veining of this Calacatta marble on the tub deck.
Studio William Hefner
Cap molding works nicely for kitchen backsplashes too.
Brownhouse Design, Los Altos, CA
Bar liner. These thin bars are frequently used to add interest and texture to a wall of the tile. As long as one edge is glazed, these ornamental liners may also trim tile. Here, a beaded liner frames diagonal tiles on a pretty vanity backsplash. Crossville Tile has detailed fact sheets that exemplify each of the trim pieces available for their tile.
V-Cap. Also called a sink cap, this piece is used to complete the edge of a kitchen or bathroom counter. It normally has a raised edge to prevent water from dripping on the ground. Here’s a good illustration.
Sophisticated Construction Inc..
Natural Stone. Most stone tile doesn’t arrive with trim pieces because the edges can be ground to soften them. Inside this cararra marble bath, there are no trim bits, just smooth edges.
Barbara Stock Interior Design
This Ming Green marble bath does have technical trim bits. The vanity counter has sink cap, the backsplash is wrapped with cap molding and a decorative market in the shower is bordered with molding much just like a photo frame.
If you’ve got other ways you like to cut out tile, please discuss them in the Remarks section.
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