Types of Tile Trim

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Tile trim not only provides walls, floors and countertops with finished edges and decorative flair, but also conceals rough or poorly glazed tiles. As a marriage of form and function, tile trim appears in a variety of styles, designs, angles and shapes—there are corners, half-circles and even decorative emblems. An overview of the types of tile trim can help do-it-yourselfers solve tile project challenges and provide designers with creative solutions.

Corners

  • Corner tiles feature a concave (inside) angle or a convex (outside) angle. This type of trim tile eliminates at grout line in which two walls or surfaces meet—instead of two tiles butting at the corner, one corner tile creates a smooth transition between surfaces. Manufacturers and builders often refer to inside corner tile as "cove" tile and outside corner tile as "edge" tile. Corner tiles may have sides of different lengths. Cove and edge tiles are frequently used in bathrooms, shower stalls and kitchen countertops.

Bullnose

  • "Bullnose" or "bullnosed" refers to a tile with one or more rounded edges. Rather than a flat, or straight edge, on all of the tile's four sides, a bullnose edge is rounded and glazed to create a finished edge. Bullnose tiles are frequently used around the perimeter of a field of tile. Bullnose tile is often referred to as a "surface" trim.

Pencil and Rope

  • Pencil trim is a long, thin, decorative tile that features a half-circle profile. Pencil trim is usually installed among a field of tile, rather that around its perimeter. A clean line of pencil tile creates an attractive contrast when placed among a field of uniform tile. Rope trim or rope "molding" is a variation of pencil tile. Rope molding is a long, thin, half-circle trim molded with curved lines that create the impression of a rope's braids. Like pencil trim, rope molding is often placed among a field of tiles.

Decorative "Molding" Trim

  • Carving or molding machines shape ceramic and natural stone tiles into designs and shapes that range from grape vines to flowers. Patterns are etched, carved or molded onto tiles that may be placed among a tile field's center or around its perimeter. Decorative, molded tiles placed at a tile field's uppermost perimeter are sometimes called "cap" tiles. Cap tiles appear in styles similar to wood molding, such as Roman ogee and quarter round. Center of field decorative trims include emblems, such as a fleur de lis.

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