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Choosing A Tile Design

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Tile installations can transform a house. Stone accents can add life to your home. Tile shower surrounds set the tone for your day as you prepare in your own little oasis. Fireplace hearth tile makes your home a desirable place to cozy up in the long winter months.


But how do you get that design that really sends a tile installation to a level of central interest?


The world of tile can be as vast as you would like to invest your time or money. If you have simple tastes and would like a subtle upgrade for a particular room, Look up some simple tile ideas and opt for simple designs. Colour palette is just as important, if not more important, as the grade of tile. You can find colour palette support online using the colours already in your home or the colours you would like to paint with.


Now, colour and tile can get you started, but if you really want to create a unique space, carefully consider edge tile and accent options. Most ceramic tile is not the same colour throughout the tile and the edges need special treatment to finish off.

Some tile are not a uniform colour throughtout and will need to be set with special edging

Metal edging is the easiest option for most tile setters and will typically be what they use to

Metal Schluter trim edge for tile corner

finish the edges unless you request otherwise. Sometimes its the only viable option as bullnose tile(we'll get to it) is not always readily available for all colours of tile.






Bullnose tile is a manufactured tile that is rounded over to terminate edges and corners on curbs, niches and wall corners.

Bullnose tile courtesy Ceramica Vogue www.ceramicavogue.com


Tiled niche with bullnose tile to finish edges. Courtesy www.homedecordeesigns.info

Add an element of intrigue to your tile installation by capping off wainscot or backsplash tile with cornice tile

Cornice tile image courtesy of Sal DiBlasi. Tile installer Souris Brandon

Another great option, when bullnose or edge trim aren't available or aren't desired, is the mitred edge. A professional installer with the right tools can cut the tile at 45 degrees on each adjoining edge and create a clean minimalistic transition. This method requires more labour and is therefore more expensive, but the result is scintillating.

Tile Shower installation with mitred edges by JMJ Tileworks near brandon kemnay mb

We have gone over some basics for tile design, which include your colour palette and tile edging and trim. There are many more options to consider when it comes to tile type, style, framing focal tile, transitioning different wall tile, mosaic tile art, trim and edging combinations and more. If you would like some direction or some design consultation, JMJ Tileworks would be happy to assist you. Just call us at 204-730-0JMJ(0565)


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