Pencil Tile Edging & More: Trends & Ideas

Posted 04/18/2019 by Arizona Tile

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Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash With H-Line Chair Rail Tile Edging From Arizona Tile
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If you’re planning a tile installation in your kitchen or bathroom, don’t forget about the trim! Tile edging is available in a variety of shapes, sizes and looks, and it’s a great way to give your new tile a clean, finished appearance. Whether you’re designing a tile shower or retiling your backsplash, find the perfect trim for the job with these ideas and tips.

What is Tile Edging?

Tile edging is used at the end or top of a tile installation, to give it a finished look and conceal the setting products underneath the tile. Tile edging is also used to trim windows or shower niches, creating a defined, clean and finished edge at corners where the tiles meet one another.

Popular tile edging styles include bead, chair rail and pencil bullnose. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites!

H-Line Bullnose Pencil Tile Edging From Arizona Tile
Image: H-Line Bullnose Pencil Tile Edging From Arizona Tile

Bullnose Pencil Tile Edging

Pencil bullnose tile edging is one of the most popular tile trim choices, available in a range of sizes from finger-width to pencil-thin. It features a smooth, rounded look that can stand out from the tile or blend in seamlessly, depending on your preference. Soft and timeless, bullnose pencil tile edging in glossy or matte varieties is ideal for a range of uses.

White Bullnose Pencil Tile Edging on White New Carrara Quartz With Cementine Retro Floor Tile From Arizona Tile
Image: White Bullnose Pencil Tile Edging on White New Carrara Quartz With Cementine Retro Floor Tile From Arizona Tile

This trim style can be used to add visual interest or even a contrasting color to your tile installation. A black pencil trim on an all-white subway tile shower, for instance, instantly adds a decorative look and stylish contrast.

H-Line Bead Tile Edging From Arizona Tile
Image: H-Line Bead Tile Edging From Arizona Tile

Bead Tile Edging

Bead trim is simple, sleek and understated—perfect for giving your tile installation a contemporary finish. H-Line Cotton Glossy bead trim, a popular choice, gives a clean, smooth edge to backsplashes, showers and more.

White Bead Tile Edging on White Subway Tile With White Denali White Quartz Countertop From Arizona Tile
Image: White Bead Tile Edging on White Subway Tile With White Denali White Quartz Countertop From Arizona Tile

Bead trim is particularly great for edging outside corners in showers, offering a clean appearance that blends with your tile grout.

H-Line Chair Rail Tile Edging From Arizona Tile
Image: H-Line Chair Rail Tile Edging From Arizona Tile

Chair Rail Tile Edging

Chair rail trim offers a more decorative look that can be great for adding extra detail to your installation. Chair rail tile edging has a higher profile than the sleeker pencil or bead trim, adding a bit of drama and classic styling that makes your tile stand out.

Café Chari Rail Tile Edging On Strata Umber Glass With Rodi Quartz Bathroom Countertop From Arizona Tile
Image: H-Line Café Chair Rail Tile Edging on H-Line Café Subway Tile with Strata Umber Glass and Rodi Quartz Bathroom Countertop from Arizona Tile

Chair rail is a great choice for adding some detail to a minimalist subway tile installation, for example. With a look that mimics the elegant curves of crown molding, chair rail can give timeless, Old-World style to travertine, marble and porcelain tiles alike. One favorite is H-Line Café chair rail, which elevates earth-tone installations with a glossy, rich tone.  

These are just a few of the options when it comes to tile edging and trim. Visit your local Arizona Tile showroom to learn more and see your favorite trim styles in person.

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