How to Choose and Fit Tile Trims

 

A tile trim provides the perfect finish to your tiling jobs! Not only does it add a professional finish, but it covers any sharp and rough edges that may become a hazard. Trims are available in a huge variety of colours, shapes and finishes; from sleek rounded PVC, stylish and shiny chrome, to subtle brushed brass. Meaning that there is a trim to match your own personal style (whatever that may be) and a perfect way to finish off unlocking your dream home

 

Choosing the right size

The depth of a trim should match the depth of the tile. Whilst it seems obvious not to have a 10mm depth trim with a 6mm depth tile this is one of the most common mistakes made when choosing trim. Keeping the trim and tile flush creates the professional look that you will be hoping to achieve. (Good practice – be aware that the tile will have adhesive on the back of it that may raise it slightly, it is always better to choose a trim with a slightly larger depth than the tile if you are unsure)

 

Cutting

At some point you will need to cut the trim whether it is to fit along a straight line or around a corner. Cutting trim is simple – with a metal trim use a mitre block and hacksaw.

The mitre block is designed to provide precise cuts and angles, which is perfect if you are going around a corner.

 

 

With plastic trims as well as using the mitre block method you can use a mitre sheer, a hand held tool that has a dial on that provides precise angles for your trims (Good practice – measure twice and cut once, also if you are using trim around a corner or window, cut the ends into 45 degree angles that fit together like a picture frame – the mitre block or sheers will help you achieve this)

 

 

Fitting

The tile trim is designed with the edge (the decorative part) and a lip. When applying the trim to the wall – use adhesive on the back of the lip and position the decorative edge where you want it. Then tile onto the lip with your tiles to further hold the trim in place.

 

Protective cover

Majority of trims come with a layer of protective plastic over them. Leave this on during tiling! This keeps the decorative edge clean during the tiling process (which can get messy!) when you are done simply peel off the plastic to reveal the perfect finish

Then stand back and admire your handy work!

 

To browse our range of trims and decide what is best for your home décor designs and ideas, click here.

 

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Callum Chester

Having headed up the content at Walls and Floors since 2012, Callum Chester shares expert advice, trends and home styling imagery with the likes of Ideal Home, Good Homes and Real Homes on a daily basis. An experienced content writer, Callum is also the creator of Design Peach, a blog of 'sweet, bite-sized ideas for the home and garden'

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