Tile 101

Guide To Layering Tile Trim And Profiles

Just like styling different sizes and shapes of pillows on a couch, layering tile trim and profiles in your space can help tie an entire design together for a custom, well-appointed look.

Firenze Carrara Marble
Featured Stone Collection: Firenze Carrara Marble from Italy and Antique Mirror Bevel Glass Subway

Customizing Your Space

We’re sharing our best practices for layering tile to show you how you can take your space to the next level. The look below incorporates a combination of trim pieces and mosaics to transform a simple picture frame into an exquisite focal point.

A guide to customizing with layered tile.

Since this space uses the Firenze Carrara marble collection throughout, the untrained eye may see it as quite simple. Look carefully at the transitions, and see if you can identify how many trim pieces are actually used to accomplish this sophisticated design.

Incorporating different shapes and sizes from the same tile collection can carry this elevated look through to other areas of the room, such as the backsplash, half wall and shower (photo top left). By sourcing all of the pieces of a collection from the same stone quarry, each piece complements the others for stunning variation that isn’t overbearing. If you have a focal point, repeat the same design element in other areas, like a shower niche (photo top right).

Thoughtful Transitioning

It’s important to think about how each part of your space will work together to form a unified environment. Utilizing trim pieces between different materials, sizes, shapes and textures of tile can create the perfect transition.

Dimensional tile can create dramatic depth and texture, but it can also leave an uneven edge when paired with other selections (photo top left). Incorporating transitional trim pieces will offer a seamless solution from one style to the next. Similarly, use them on the floor to separate different sections, such as the example above (photo top right).

For tiles that vary in size, double up somersets and run them vertically for the greatest impact.

If your field tile is ceramic or porcelain, you can instantly upgrade your entire look by transitioning with highe end materials, such as the Black Marquina Polished Marble Barnes. In the photo below, the black marble frame around the Laura Ashley splashback instantly elevates the backsplash and the surrounding ceramic subway tile.

Each trim piece has its own unique characteristics that make it perfect for specific uses. Get more information like this on each type of natural stone trim and profile here.

Coordinating Finishes

Pictured below is an example of how trim and profile pieces can provide an opportunity to coordinate with fixtures. In cases where there’s no need for a transition or storage solution, metal profiles can be used in between tiles as a unique accent that can coordinate with other design elements, such as faucets or lighting.

Dural metal profiles are a glamorous way to layer with marble.
Featured: Ashford Carrara Marble Wall Tile, Barnes, Skirting and Dural 24K Gold Profile

Layering trim and profile pieces can make every tile design better by adding dimension and interest. It shows that the design has been thoughtfully curated and has the finishing touches that elevate the space from basic to beautiful.

When And Where To Layer Tile

4 ways to layer your tile

4 Design Plans With Layered Tile

Need ideas for your next remodel? Here are a few examples of design plans that incorporate tile trim and profile pieces. Bring them into your local store or schedule a design consultation to discuss dimensions, quantity, styles and more.

4 design plans that incorporate layering tile

Learn more about layering in our comprehensive guide to trim and accessories. Ready for the next step? Schedule a design consultation with a tile design expert today!

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