Edging ideas for ceramic tile

Updated July 19, 2017

Protect and enhance ceramic tiles with a finishing edge of trim. Whether you choose to use ceramic, metal, wood or plastic trims, your tiles will withstand ordinary wear and tear. The style you choose will depend on the area being tiled as well as the overall look you are going for in your home.

Ceramic Edges

Finish your ceramic tiles with a decorative ceramic edge like a chair rail, a bullnose or another tile that appeals to you. Ceramic tiles come in a wide range of colours and finishes you can mix and match to create an original pattern for your kitchen, bathroom, porch, entryway and anywhere else you wish to tile. Choose finishing tiles within the palette you used for the design, or pick a contrasting shade. Look for tiles with rounded edges for finishing your designs. If tiling a wall with ceramic tiles, base tiles are available with a slight curve at the bottom of the tile which curves to the floor.

Metal Edges

Choose from a range of metallic edges, including stainless steel, brass, aluminium and aluminium with a gold or chrome finish. Metal trim is an ideal choice for a modern look in your ceramic tile projects. A bathroom finished in stone-style ceramic tiles with a chrome finish will look sleek and minimalist. Or use a brass trim for a pattern of blue and white ceramic tiles to emulate an old European feel to an entryway or hallway. Pair the metallic edges with chrome faucets and lighting fixtures to unify the look.

Plastic Edges

Plastic edging is commonly used to create neat edges for corners when tiling. The plastic pieces come in a range of muted hues, such as white, cream and pastel shades to mimic the colour of grout. The plastic trim is inexpensive and can be bought for corners (internal and external corners) instead of the pricier corner-cut tiles. Plastic trim also comes in a range of finishes including matt, gloss or silk. The size of the trim varies according to the size of the ceramic tiles.

Wood Trim

Try finishing the tiled area with 1- to 2-inch strips of wood. Paint or stain the wood in a corresponding or contrasting colour, depending on the existing decor of the room. For a kitchen you can look to the cabinets for inspiration; dark wood cabinets can be tied into white ceramic tiles with a wood trim stained the same hue. Similarly, an all-white kitchen with colourful accents can be unified with a wood trim painted cherry red, lime or cerulean.

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