The correct order of this process is to first identify the room and its application,
select the type of tile, then its color and shade, and then its texture and size.
Finally, a layout pattern is designed, the trim and decorative patterns are determined,
and the grout color and type are chosen.
Adhering to this process will ensure a smooth installation without any missing elements.
To help you insure a smooth understanding of floor tile trim terminology, allow
us to cover a few definitions.
Floor Tile Trims
Bullnose. It has one rounded finished edge on
the tile to give a nice finishing touch. Sometimes it is also used as a substitute
for cove base.
Corner Bullnose. It has two rounded finished edges
on the tile to be used to complete a corner.
Sanitary Cove Base. It has a rounded finished
top like a bullnose to cover up the body of the tile.
Important tips on variation, texture, shading and color.
Many of today’s popular styles of ceramic tile are designed to look and feel
like natural stone, emulating their rugged surface and color variations.
It’s important that you understand these variations when designing with ceramic
These tiles are intended to show color and texture variations, just like natural
stone. Since the composition of the tile’s glaze also varies, different tile
styles will also exhibit different gloss levels.
You should also be aware that solid color tiles provide a consistent look, however
shade variation is inherent in all fired ceramic products and certain tiles will
show greater variation within their dye lots.