How to fit tile trim to get neat, clean, good-looking edges

White metro tile with white trim next to grey wall and grey radiator
Knowing how to fit tile trim will give you a more polished and protected finish (Image credit: Steven Jenkins)

Knowing how to fit tile trim is an often forgotten art on tiling projects. It’s a job most DIYers can tackle, but it needs to be done well to get a professional looking finish. After all, no-one wants to see ugly, unsightly edges spoiling the smooth aesthetic of your new bathroom or kitchen tiles. 

When tiling a wall corner to corner, or floor to ceiling, you won’t have any edges spoiling your finish. But if you’re tiling around a bath or sink it's common to stop part way across the wall. And if you don't introduce tile trim you are leaving the unglazed edges on display and unprotected. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.