What is the best tile trim
The best way to finish off your tile project is to use tile trims. This is a bit like framing a picture. It adds an extra touch of beauty while covering any rough or sharp edges that might later become a hazard. While installing trim might just seem like yet another job, it’s really worth taking the time to do it properly – you’ll be glad you did it afterwards.
That said, with so many different trims on the market, it can be difficult to know what type of tile trim to buy that’ll really make a statement and complement your existing tile work. So, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about choosing and installing tile trim.
And don’t forget, if you need any further advice about tile trims, just get in touch with the Tile Warehouse team. We will be more than happy to help.
Choose a style
From shiny chrome and stainless-steel tile trim that’ll modernise any tiling project to subtle brushed brass (see above) that’ll work well with warm colours or glazed mosaics, choosing a trim style takes time and consideration. There’s really no right or wrong answer when it comes to the colour of your trim. It’s more a matter of taste. But you should also think about what shape you want the tile trim to be. There are many different options including straight edge and round edge trims – so make your decision carefully.
Selecting the right type of tile trim
Getting the right type of tile trim shouldn’t be particularly difficult. Simply think about your tile design and opt for a trim that’ll complement your colour scheme. The aluminium, straight edge tile trims with a satin finish from Tile Warehouse work well with virtually all tile patterns, colours and designs and can be used to neaten up corners as well as to create decorative windowsills or splashbacks. You can also match the tile trim to your tiling project. If you’ve gone for a matt black tile, for instance, why not choose the matt black tile trim for a seamless finish?
Make sure to get the right size trim
When it comes to tile trim, the general rule is to choose a trim that’s one size up from the depth of your chosen tile. This allows for the use of adhesive and makes sure the trim is perfectly aligned with the rest of your design. So, if your tile is 10mm thick, invest in a tile trim that’s 12.5mm to ensure a smooth fit.
How to cut tile trims
Whether you need trim to fit along a straight line or around a corner, you’ll need to cut your tile trim to size. Cutting trim is not difficult, so don’t worry. Metal trim can be cut using a mitre block and a hacksaw, with the metre block making it easy to cut precise angles. When cutting, always remember the golden rule – measure twice and cut once. This will prevent any unnecessary mistakes and trim wastage. You should also cut any corners at a 45-degree angle so that the pieces fit together nicely and leave a clean finish. When working with plastic trim, you might find it easier to use a mitre sheer. This is a handheld tool with a dial that also allows for precise angles.
The best way to fit tile trim
Once your tile trim has been cut to size and the rough edges have been filed away using a file, you can now fit the tile trim. To do this, mix your adhesive like you normally would (if you need help with your adhesive take time to read our blog on all things adhesive) and use an appropriately sized trowel to apply the adhesive, making sure the area where you’re going to apply your trim is covered completely. Push your trim into the adhesive making sure it holds firmly. You can then continue to lay your tiles working quickly so that adhesive stays wet. When you get to the tile that’s next to the trim, apply a bit of extra adhesive to the back of the tile to ensure the tile and trim bond together.
Keep the protective coating on your tile trims
When you first buy tile trim you might notice that it has a protective plastic coating. Leave this on until you’ve finished installing the trim. It can then be taken off. Your look can be finished by using corners and caps for extra protection. These can simply be slotted into the trim for a perfectly flush finish.
Choosing the right style of tile trim
As previously mentioned, there’s no right or wrong answer as to which trim you should opt for. But here are a number of colours and finishes to choose from, so it’s a good idea to know what’s out there. Here are some of the styles to look out for.
Metallic tile trims
Metallic tile trims will give your tile project a glamorous shine and a distinctive border. Not only that but they provide a waterproof edging to further protect your tile work. Metallic trims complement all different colours and are designed to be highly durable. From aluminium trims to cast iron, you can take your pick.
Matt tile trims
If the metallic, shiny look is not what you’re looking for or if you’ve used a matt tile and want trim with a similar tone, then matt tile trims are ideal. They’re subtle and understated yet offer the beautifully neat finish you’d expect from a trim.
Grey tile trims
Grey tile trims are wonderfully versatile. They work well with neutral shades such as white, cream and beige but can also complement brighter colours such as green, blue and yellow. Grey tile trims can be used to create a distinctive, modern border.
Matching colour tile trims
If you’d rather create a seamless edge between tile and trim rather than a distinctive border, take your time to colour match. With many different coloured trims available, such as marble effect, you’re sure to find something that’ll match the colour of your tiles.
Contrasting colour tile trims
Break boundaries and add another layer of interest to your tile project with contrasting colour tile trims. These look great around window frames or splashbacks helping to create a focal point in any room.
Watch our video
Not quite sure on how to fit tile trims? Don’t worry. Tile Warehouse has teamed up with YouTuber ‘Proper DIY’ to show you the different ways of fitting tile trims. Our video includes advice on cutting tile trims as well as filing tile trims prior to use.
Need more information?
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