Well, it’s been a crazy year for bathrooms here at Sartorial Interiors! We’ve done concepts for over 6 bathrooms and they’re nearly all complete and looking fab.
One common question that keeps coming up – which may seem boring, but I assure you is totes important! – is, “How should I finish the tiled corners?”.
You’d be amazed how many corners you have in the bathroom when you start looking closely, especially if you have niches for shampoo products etc in the shower and next to the bath, and it’s not usually one of those things you think about until the tiler is standing there waiting for your answer. Oh, the pressure, the pressure!
There are a number of ways you can do this, but really only two that look ‘designery’!
The first one is using an aluminium strip to protect the corners from chips and to hide the side profile of the tile from view. This can be used to great (and dramatic) effect depending on the style of bathroom you’re going with. It can be a strong element against dark tiles and in a modern, slick style and if you want to emphasise certain lines. Some clients like that it works back with chrome tapware to, so this is also a good point to consider. It can look a bit wishy-washy against lighter tiles, so really need to think long and hard about that.
The second approach is called the bird’s mouth. This requires some serious skill as the tiler needs to create an angle (approx 45 degrees) along the length of the tile. It gets tricky because of the depth of the tile – you can be left with only a couple of mils at the thinnest edge, which as you can imagine, is easy to chip during the tiling process. The grout and glue provide support once the tile’s in, but you do need to be mindful of edges and be careful not to damage them ongoingly. This style of tiling provides a seamless look – with no emphasis on joins or corners. It allows other elements in the bathroom to stand out – be that taps, bath, mirrors lighting or other design items.
SO there you have it. The low-down on tiling corners. Fascinating stuff, isn’t it (actually, not really). But it’s that sort of detail that can really add to the finished product, so as yo ucan see it is quite important!
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