Handmade and Mosaic tiles are a beautiful, functional way to enhance your home. At Mercury Mosaics, our skilled tile artisans meticulously make custom, handcrafted pieces to for indoor and outdoor spaces. When you choose us for your project, we’ll cut, glaze, fire, and lay out your tiles according to your exact specifications. We encourage our clients to become inspired by our many options—we’ll help you choose the color, texture, shape, and size of mosaic tiles to suit your needs, preferences, and budget. Of course, an exquisite renovation requires stunning finishes. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the many choices involved in creating your mosaic tile masterpiece with us, so our tile elves do everything we can to make this process simple and fun. In the following blog, we provide our guide to tile finishing so you can better understand your plentiful possibilities.
What is Tile Finishing?
The “finishing” of mosaic tiles refers to the pieces used at the edges of the design. These special borders complete the look we have created for you. In some cases, finishing may not be necessary—for example, tile used in backsplashes may not require border pieces if it runs from the counter to the cabinets. However, finishing often ties mosaic tiles together and gives them a polished appearance.
We provide numerous choices at each stage of the design process, and our finishing options are no exception. When you work with Mercury Mosaics, you can select one or more of the following finishing touches for your pieces:
- Bullnose finishing: this is one of our most popular options. Essentially, bullnose trim involves placing smaller, rounded tiles at the edges of a design to smoothen out sharp, raised portions. These are perfect for going around corners and niches.
- Edge glazing: if you’d like the sides of your tiles to have a little pop of color, you might opt for edge glazing. We can glaze the perimeters of your pieces for a consistent look. Edge glazing can be more expensive, but this option allows you to have exposed edges and avoid the time and cost of separate finishing pieces.
- Pencil liners: these are thin, nearly cylindrical pieces placed along the edges of your mosaic tiles as a raised frame for them. Pencil liners clean off the edge of a design well without making it too busy.
- Chair rail: this type of finishing involves a flat portion leading to a thick, curved piece. Chair rails serve as a more ornate version of pencil liners.
- Schluter®-SCHIENE finishing: if you’d like to add a metallic sheen to your customized design, we can recommend you use Schluter®-SCHIENE’s sleek edge pieces. These geometric borders come in stainless steel, solid brass, aluminum, and anodized (treated and dyed) aluminum. We do not sell this finishing edge, however we do recommend this as an option.
Pencil Liners and Bullnose
Completing Your Design
Still not sure which finishing type to use? Our design team will work closely with you at every step of your design to make sure every component comes together beautifully. You can also check out our gallery, take a closer look at our mosaic tiles, or even order samples to get a better idea of what you’d like. If you’d like our detail-oriented design assistance – we are available for consultation and would love to assist you.
Find Out More About Tile Finishing
Contact Mercury Mosaics today to learn more about tile finishing or get started on your distinctive design.