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Tile decoration can add a clean, professional look to any tile design. The important thing is not to skip this step. Tile decoration covers rough or sharp edges, reducing cleaning and maintenance work, and protecting tile installations in the next few years. Installing decoration is no more difficult than installing the rest of the tiles. Similar materials are required, such as adhesives or mortar and trowels. Install the tile decoration as the penultimate step of the tile installation project.
Note: If you can’t find a style you like, you can also draw tiles.
There are many different types of tile decoration, but the most common options include:
Bullnose tile decoration is one of the most commonly used decorations. They provide a smooth finished appearance and prevent sharp dangerous edges. The Bullnose trim has curved edges that fit the corner edges of the tiles vertically. They can be placed in corners, backsplashes, bathtubs, steps or joints between walls and floors.
As the name implies, a quarter-round trim is usually a quarter-round. They provide a protective smooth uniform radial fillet that seals exposed vertical edges. These are perfect for turning along the edge of a bathroom, shower, bench, bathtub or doorway.
Cove base decoration is usually used where the floor and the tile wall intersect. They have curved edges that seamlessly cover the seams and provide waterproof protection to prevent moisture from penetrating the wall or floor. They are particularly useful at the bottom of the shower. After installing these types of decorations, cleaning should be easy and not so frequent.
Skirting is usually installed along the joint between the wall and the floor. Similar to bay base decorations, they are especially useful in wet areas such as bathrooms or showers. However, unlike the cove base decorations, they have a straight edge and should be properly caulked for waterproofing. Tile baseboards are a good choice for places that are often mopped (instead of using wooden baseboards).
The pencil trim is cylindrical with rounded edges (roughly like a pencil). They are often used on the edges of mosaic designs on walls. They help to create a border or outline the end of the design. They also provide a good statement about where the design transitions from one tile shape to another.
Like pencil trim, flat lining trim is used for frame designs or individual items. But instead of round, flat gaskets are straight, flat tiles. They lack the depth of pencil trim, but can provide a more stylish and modern look. Flat underlays are ideal for frame edges where different materials (such as tiles and wood) meet, especially on floors where round tiles may not be needed.
The tile trim on the armrest of the chair was originally used as a skirting trim to prevent the chair from scratching the wall. Now they are more commonly used to provide gorgeous architectural frames for backsplashes or mosaic tiles. Their carved decorative design provides greater depth than flat liners, but is smaller than ordinary tile baseboards.
The V-shaped cap is the only decoration that can be used to completely cover the vertical corners of the tile installation. They are often used to complete the edge of the sink in the kitchen or bathroom countertops (or wherever the tiles hang on the edge). They can also be used in window sills, shower rooms or partitions.
The tile decoration should be installed as the penultimate step of the tile installation project. It is important not to skip installing tile decorations in order to reduce work time or money spent. The ceramic tile decoration provides the finishing touch and makes the ceramic tile have a longer service life.
The only time when tile trimming is not required is when the tile is flush with other surfaces (such as the corner of a wall or the edge of the floor). It is also possible to use a continuous tile design instead of installing tile trims (but the tile edges should be glazed to remove rough, sharp edges).
Wear gloves to prevent scratches from sharp tile edges. Be careful not to damage the tiles you are trimming or covering. Wear protective glasses and gloves when cutting tiles. If you use an electric or gas cutter, it is also recommended to wear ear protection.
First check the tile design to find out where sharp edges, unsightly rough lines or gaps may appear between the tile and other materials. Common places where you can consider installing decorative parts include:
Choose the type of decoration that complements your tile installation. This is an opportunity to be creative. You can choose a decoration that blends with the tile design, provide a customized high-end tone or a decoration with contrasting colors to get a striking appearance.
Measure the area where the trim will be installed. Determine how many tiles are needed to complete the trim. Provide accurate measurements to your tile decoration supplier to ensure that you have the correct size and quantity of tile decorations.
After preparing all the materials, prepare to install the tile decoration. Before completing the entire tile installation, make sure to install the decorative strips. Use a caulking gun to apply adhesive, or use a trowel to apply mortar to the edges of the decoration. Apply one tile at a time to prevent the adhesive from drying out
Smooth the mortar with a trowel. The caulking gun will help apply an even layer of adhesive. This step ensures that the tile decoration is installed correctly with a professional appearance.
When installing tile trims with open backs such as rounded corners, V-shaped caps, or chair rails, use a technique called back-oiling. Buttering the back means applying additional adhesive or mortar to the open part of the tile. Make sure to apply evenly. This technique provides good adhesive or mortar coverage and guarantees a long-lasting installation.
Most ceramic tile decorations can be installed by simply pressing the tile into its position. If necessary, use spacers to ensure even spacing between tiles. If you use mortar, you may need to comb it with the notched edge of a trowel and then screw the tile trim into place.
Repeat this process for each tile decoration. After installing the decorative pieces, you can continue to install the rest of the tile designs.
A professional interior designer can help you choose the type of decoration design. If the installed tiles are cracked or damaged when you install the decorative strips, please call a floor or tile professional. If for some reason, the decorative strip does not stay in place after pressing it into the adhesive or mortar, this may also be a good time to call a professional for advice and help.
Chauncey grew up on a farm in rural northern California. At the age of 18, he traveled the world with a backpack and credit card, and discovered that the true value of any points or miles lies in the experience it brings. He is most comfortable sitting on a tractor, but he understands that opportunity is where he finds it, and discomfort is more interesting than complacency.
Lexie is an assistant editor responsible for writing and editing articles on various family-related topics. She has nearly four years of experience in the home improvement field and has used her expertise while working for companies such as HomeAdvisor and Angi (formerly Angie's List).