We know. Don't you wish your handmade tile installation could go on-and-on forever? Us too. But at some point, you'll need to transition from tile to a wall, window, or floor. While you could keep it simple with a straight edge finished with bullnose tile, this can be a time to get creative and take your tile to the next level. Keep reading to discover 6 unique ways to transition tile for your next project.
1. Tile to Wood
Having your tile contrast with another textural or natural material is one of our favorite ways to transition your tile installation. This could be as simple as making a cabinetry wood choice that will complement your glaze colors, or it can be as intricate as the example below. For this project, Sam Devine of Kinetic Design Build wonderfully executed a flush tile to wood transition by carefully cutting the wood flooring and adding sub flooring beneath the tile. This seamless look is a new classic that takes organic transitioning to the next level.
Get more details on how this project was pulled off with our blog "How-To Floor Transition From Tile to Wood"
2. Tile to Cement
Going for a more urban look? Try contrasting your tile with a cement panel or flooring like the talented Studio Grey team did in their office. The modern and minimal design of their space really lets the boldness of their tile pop. We think the decor, large windows, and exposed brick all make this a perfect and unforgetable remodel.
See the rest of Studio Grey's stunning office with our blog "Urban Jungle Tile: Studio Grey's Vertical Gardens"
3. Extended 90 Degree Angle
There are times that the architecture of your space will prevent you from creating a straight line to finish your tile. One of the most common places this happens is the kitchen backsplash. Often, like in the project below, the counter will jet out in a corner causing you to to create a 90 degree angle to finish your tile. We think this is such a great example of turning a design limitation into an opportunity for beauty. By adding Bullnose tile trim, this project gets a sleek and sophisticated edging. We love the way it breaks up the pattern of herringbone, creating a crisp finishing point to transition to the wall. In this project, we also used V-Caps for a smooth transition from the backsplash to the window. These pieces give a polished look by completely covering perpendicular corners.
To see more of this dreamy kitchen, visit our blog "Herringbone Backsplash - One Room Challenge by Leslie Style"
4. Organic Edging
Finishing with organic edging is one of the coolest ways to transition your tile. It's eye-catching, bold, and makes you look like a design pro. We think this looks best when using Hexagons and Diamonds because of their strong shapes and the edges they create. We glaze the edges of the exposed tile for a clean, finished look. While seemingly complex, this is one of our favorite things to do, and our team loves to create custom organic edging to match the architecture of your space. Although you may think this looks like an installation nightmare, we make it super easy! These custom projects are laid out in our factory, glued onto mesh sheeting, cut up into manageable sections, and shipped out with an easy numbering system for quick install.
Learn more about this project with our blog "Construction2style Before & After: Kitchen Backsplash"
5. Schluter Finishing
Want to look extra sharp? Add metal Schluter to your tile edges for little extra bling. It's a great way to start incorporating your metal accent choice from the rest of your room to your tile. It can look beautiful either as a complementary color or matching the hues of your project, like in the image example below.
This was one of 6 tile installations in one home! See them all with our blog "Tile Home Tour: Newly Remodeled Mid-Century Home"
6. Completely Covered in Tile 💕
I mean, we did say we wished tile could go on forever right? Rather than creating a transition to your wall or floor, you could completely cover an entire wall with tile. Or like in the project below, you could cover the walls, ceiling, and floor - oh my! If you ask us, there's no such thing as too much handmade tile.
Get the details behind this project with our blog "Bluestone Lane Floor to Ceiling Tile Entry"
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