Simply put, bullnose tile is a trim that’s used to provide a smooth, finished edge to your tile layout. This eliminates sharper angles and unfinished tile sides on your floor or wall. This makes bullnose tile a good safety solution—and also helps elevate the look of your renovation project!
Types of Bullnose Tile
Bullnose tiles are a very popular type of tile that’s used in various applications. They’re designed to help give you a finished edge when you’re installing tile not just on the floor. Bullnose tile trim comes in many different styles and options to fit your needs. Here are some of the different styles that you can get bullnose tile in.
Rectangular Bullnose TilePhoto courtesy of Pratt & Larson
This shape is one of the most common types of bullnose trim. The measurement that you’ll see most often is about 3×13 inches. This type provides you with a nice way to outline your field of tile (whether it’s your counter top, backsplash, etc.) with as few pieces of possible. It also provides you with many different colors and styles since it’s the most commonly used type. So, it’s definitely an ideal choice for the finishing touch of your tile project!
Square Bullnose TilePhoto courtesy of Daltile
Another common type of trim is the square bullnose. The usual measurements of it are usually 4×4 inches or even 6×6 inches. Because of this shape and these measurements, it’s most likely seen with smaller-sized main tiles. But it definitely adds a very unique look to your project, since the last piece has the appearance of a rounded edge.
Corner Bullnose TilePhoto courtesy of build.com
The last very common type is the corner bullnose, which can be used in a variety of applications. It’s usually seen in a backsplash area or any type of feature wall design. This type of bullnose is a piece of tile that has two rounded edges instead of just the standard one edge like the rectangular bullnose. The extra edge gives your main tile a nice and clean finishing touch.
Where to Use Bullnose Tile TrimAdex New Scandia tile in Hampton Cadet Grey, available at Avalon Flooring
A bullnose tile can be used for many purposes:Photo courtesy of Manhattan-nest.com
-Corners: Bathtubs, countertops, niches or steps—bullnose tiles can be used to cover the edges of almost everything. Not only is this great from a design standpoint, you can also feel safer and more comfortable in your own kitchen or bathroom.
-Walls: Oftentimes, when installing a backsplash, the line between the tiled area and the wall is much too visible and looks like the work has never been completed. However, using matching bullnose tiles fixes the impression by adding a nice finishing touch.
-Floors: Bullnose tiles are great to use on the joint where the wall meets the floor. They blend in with the overall design well. Additionally, you’ll get another layer of protection against water that may leak into that line if the tiles aren’t properly installed.
-Decoration: Bullnose tiles of a beautiful contrasting color or pattern (or just a nice matching color) are often used as an additional decorative element, for example, for a beautiful accent wall.