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The Great Tile Debate: Which Tile Edging is Best?

Pencil edge trim via Pinterest

Hey everyone!

Tiles are an essential part of home design and can really make a room pop. But, have you ever thought about tile edging? It might not sound like the most exciting topic, but trust me, it’s important! In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the different options for tile edging that can take your tile game to the next level.

Pencil Tile Edging

First up, let’s talk about pencil trim. This is a classic choice for tile edging, and for good reason. It’s a thin strip of tile that is usually the same length as the field tile, making for a clean and seamless look. It can be used with a variety of tile sizes and styles. It can even be used as an accent by choosing a contrasting color. Pencil trim would have to be my most preferred option for tile trim. I just feel like it gives the best look overall. Not too modern, and not too dated.

via Pinterest

This is a beautiful example of how you can use pencil trim to make tile as basic as white subway tile and can make it a show stopper!

Schluter Tile Edging

Next, we have Schluter trim. This is a popular choice among contractors for its durability and versatility. Schluter trim is made of metal or PVC and is installed at the edge of the tile to protect it from chipping and cracking. It can be used in a variety of finishes and colors to match your tile and overall design aesthetic. Schluter trim is also a great option for tiles that don’t have any matching edging options available. I also think this trim works really well with modern finishes. It comes in a squared-off edging that is perfect for rooms with clean, structured lines.

via dezeen

Another great example of how you can use Schluter trim as a design inspired transition between tile and other flooring.

Schluter®-QUADEC | Edging & Outside Wall Corners | Schluter

White, modern Schluter trim via schluter.com.

Chair Rail Tile Trim

Another option for tile edging is chair rail tile trim. As the name suggests, this trim is designed to mimic the look of a chair rail, a horizontal strip of molding that is typically installed around the perimeter of a room. Chair rail tile trim is installed in a similar manner, running horizontally along the wall. It can be made from a variety of materials and can come in a range of sizes and finishes to match your tile selection. Chair rail tile trim is a great way to add visual interest and dimension to your tile edge. This is a great option for a traditional look. Some of my favorite uses of chair rail trim are shown below.

via Desire to Inspire

This is a great example of not only chair rail, but a use of pencil trim for an accent. I love the use of the simple subway tile, but by using contrasting colors it really creates a stunning space.

via Aliberti Art Tile

I am absolutely OBSESSED with the use of chair rail and the accenting colors & shape in this tile installment.

Bullnose Tile Edging

Finally, let’s talk about bullnose trim. This is a great option for those looking for a more traditional or classic look. Bullnose trim is a rounded edge that is applied to the tile, creating a finished look that is soft and inviting. It can be used with a variety of tile styles. Now, to be honest, I am not the biggest fan of bullnose tile trim, but even I can agree that it has its uses.

via Avalon Flooring

In addition to adding some flair to your tile design, using edging also has practical benefits. It helps protect the edges of your tiles from damage and wear and can also make cleaning and maintenance easier. It also gives it a nice, finished look.

So, the next time you’re thinking about tile design, don’t forget about the importance of edging! Whether you go with classic pencil trim, durable Schluter trim, or rustic bullnose trim, there are plenty of options to choose from. And if you’re feeling adventurous, don’t be afraid to get creative and try something new. Who knows, it could be the detail that takes your tile design to the next level!

If you are looking for more tile inspiration, check out my blog post on tile styles that are trending here.




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