Edging options for modwalls® Lush® and Brio® glass tiles

March 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm 2 comments

Glass tiles are different than your traditional ceramic tiles.

You’ll know right away when you see one of modwalls® glossy Lush® glass tiles sparkle in the light, and when you inspect their crisp, clean edges and smooth finish. It sometimes seems foreign to your old school tile installer, but mod glass tiles like our many sizes of 8mm thick Lush® glass tile, and our 4mm thick, ¾” Brio® glass tiles do not require separate bull nose pieces.

We are frequently asked, “Where are your tile’s trim or edge pieces?” or  “Where are your bull nose tile pieces?”  and “How are we supposed to finish the edges of your glass tiles?”

Answer:  We do not sell trim pieces and luckily, our glass tiles don’t require them(!) however, if your project requires them, we have some recommendations (see below).

All of our Lush® and Brio® tiles have clean, crisp, finished edges and once installed, a simple grouting technique will create the sleek edge finish that looks best with our modern tile.

So if your tile ends somewhat abruptly (at the end of a countertop, like the Brio® custom blend tile photo below on the right), or if you want to create a tile border (like the Lush® 3×6 Rain installation below on the left), what do you do?

The answer is simple, just grout those edges. And here’s how to do it:

1) Lay down a strip of 2” blue painters tape along the exposed edge of the tile, about 1 grout space away from the tile.

2) Apply grout to the top and edges of the tile, wiping the grout along the edge so that it covers the space from the top of the tile to the edge of the tape. Try to grout at a 45 degree angle from the face of the tile to the edge of the blue tape on the wall.

3) Wait for the grout to set to the point that you can buff the surface of the tile with a lint free cloth, then pull up the tape and it will leave the grout with a nice straight edge.

A clean grout line where modwalls® Brio® tile meets a wall.

And there it is! So simple, right?  Look at the gorgeous example of our Lush 3×6 Vapor in the bathroom below.

And what about corners? What then?  We’ve got a little tip for those situations too.

Modwalls® Brio® tiles can easily meet edge to edge in corners, and these tiles will even wrap around a slightly curved surface, if you’ve got one. Here’s an example with our Brio® Modernist blend.

Here’s something to consider when tiling a corner with our Lush® glass tile:

You may want to cover the outside corner of a tile by overlapping one edge with another.

If there is one surface that will be seen more often, or is visible from the majority of the room (such as the main wall surface in the window area below), then we suggest you overlap the tile in front over the edge of the tile behind it to cover the grout joint.  You can see a great example with our Lush 1×1 Dune tile.

Finish edges without the hindrance of separate tile edge pieces.

For more photo examples check out our “Edging Options” portfolio: http://www.modwalls®.com/edgingoptions.aspx

Questions? Write a comment below and we’ll get right back to you.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brian  |  February 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Under the edging options there is two pictures of white penny round tile with white 1/4 round. The tile itself looks raised. Is the tile attached directly to the Sheetrock wall with mastic or is it applied to backerboard that was screwed to the wall? Either way it is a great option compared to metal edging.

  • 2. modwallsdesignernotes  |  February 23, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Thanks so much for your comment, Brian. We’re not 100% sure of the technique used as we get all of our photos from our customers and we’re not there for the actual installation. If you did want to raise up the tile, using backerboard is a great way to do it. Also, we just want to note that if you are installing tile in a shower, you should use a modified latex thinset rather than a mastic.


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Rebecca Lonergan

Founder and Creative Director of Modwalls Tile Company. Since 2005 Rebecca has been designing Fresh Tile in Colors You Crave. Shop Online at Modwalls.com.

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