Tile Edge & Trim Design Ideas

Finish your tile project with a stylish accent by choosing the perfect trim tile, border or edging. This step serves an important function by softening the raw edges of tile walls and floors to ensure proper installation. The Tile Shop offers a wide selection of colors, patterns and textures that can add the ideal complement to your next project.

Installing a border on your accent backsplash can give it the look of a framed art piece.

2018 Tile Trim Design Trends

After investing a lot of thought into a room’s tile design, many homeowners often overlook how critical it is to properly finish the edges of their tile project. By removing the exposed edges, trim can soften the transition where your tile ends, add a high-end look and help effectively outline your tile installation. We love when edging is utilized as a design feature—consider using contrasting tiles to act as a frame for your beautiful tile work in your shower. Borders and accent tiles can spice up your installation with a different color, size or texture. Don’t be afraid to use another shape for the top and bottom row of your design. For example, framing out your bathroom subway tile with a square shape can be an interesting way to complete your design. Keep in mind how the finer details of your project can impact the look and feel of the room.

This tile installation gives this bathroom tile a clean edge.

Add an interesting element to your walls with a contrasting border design.

Here’s a great example of how framed tile designs can add stylish personality and pattern.

It’s important to install a comfortable edge on your tiled bathroom seating.

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Trim for Walls & Backsplashes

It’s important to make sure that you’re ending your wall and backsplash tile at the right spot because installing tile where the edge is visible will leave your project looking unfinished. A smooth, rounded bullnose edge is a great way to give your tile a clean finish and streamlined look. Since it’s far less likely to chip or break, bullnoses add increased durability to your tiled areas. Used at the top of a shower wall or kitchen backsplash, rounded tiles can provide a smooth transition and a clean, polished appearance. Trim can also add framing effects, arch features or distinctive ending points like chair rail molding to your wall. Add elegance to your space by ending with skirting at the floor or a chair rail piece at wainscot height. From marble to ceramic, these pieces come in a wide variety of finishes.

Skip the paintings: mix and match your tile patterns to create stunning works of art.

We love how this fun pattern adds an eye-catching border to this tiled shower.

Rounded pencil tile creates a smooth transition between two types of wall tile.

Add a tile border around your shower’s recessed tile inset for a classy, refined touch.

Moldings can help create a striking focal point when used around eye-catching patterns.

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Edging Floors

Trim isn’t just for your vertical tile installation—don’t forget to complete your project by effectively framing out your floor design. While the majority of the floor can be one tile, consider bordering the room with a contrasting shape or pattern. To ensure a smooth transition from one space to the next, you should install threshold pieces, which are available in natural stone or a variety of metal finishes from DURAL. In addition to crafting a sophisticated look, edging your floors will make them much easier to clean and maintain.

Skirting tile adds sophistication to this shower entrance.

Here’s a great example of using different tile near the floor for a bit of contrast.

This shower shows how you can use your edge and trim to smoothly transition between tile patterns.

Even a subtle trim at the foot of your walls can make an impact on your room.

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Design Tip: Choosing Materials

For edging purposes, a combination of materials can be mixed and matched to create a rich sense of depth in your room. Get creative with contrast by pairing ceramic and glass or installing glass tile with stone accents. Natural stones, like marble, granite and travertine, can be polished so that the edges appear finished. Pencil wall tile is a classic accent piece that helps produce an even tone for easy matching. Metal edge trim is a quickly growing trend that’s available in a wide array of styles and finishes. Use metal trim in your bathroom to create a clean and contemporary transition to another surface that also matches the finish of your sink faucet or shower head. If you’re installing subway tile, turn your tile vertically to create a defined edge at the top or border. Any questions? Learn more about edging from our experienced store associates at The Tile Shop.

This creative use of glass and stone patterns makes this shower area uniquely appealing.

Using vertical subway tile trim is effective at creating a defined edge in this tile inset.

This metallic framing adds dramatic flair and contrast to this shower wall.

Our variety of colors and styles of natural stone edging tile means there’s a solution for any space.

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