Everything You Need To Know About Bullnose Tile

If you're considering adding tile to your home, you may be wondering about the different types of tile available. Bullnose tile is a popular option because it can be used in a variety of ways. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about this beautiful, versatile tile product: what it is, where to use it, and how to care for it.

What is bullnose tile and where can you use it in your home?

If you’ve landed here, you’re likely wondering what in the world bullnose tile is and how it’s different from other tile types you know about already. Well, the first thing to know is that this product is actually not a tile in the traditional sense – meaning, you use it as a decorative element that serves a specific purpose. Plus, unlike traditional, standard forms of tile (like the ever coveted subway tile), this tile is rounded on the edges. 

The reason for this? Bullnose tiles are meant to be a trim or border tile to cap off a tile design and leave it with a nice, clean, finished look. Think of them as the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae – it wraps it all together in a delicious view!

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The variety of materials used to make this pencil tile style is as diverse and colorful as the tile itself. You can find this product in ceramic, porcelain or natural stone! 

Finally, when it comes to using them in your home, you’ll be happy to know that there are seemingly endless ways to do so! This tile type can be used to round out an accent tile, add as a corner to a backsplash tile design, or be used alone as a border tile. For this reason, they make a fantastic option for backsplashes, accent walls in living rooms, and fireplace surround tile designs

How to cut and install bullnose tile

If you're looking for directions on how to install and cut this tile trim, we have the steps here for you. The process of tiling is going to take some time, so if you're not very skilled at it then a consultation with a professional should be on your list.

The first thing to do is measure!

Before you do anything else, you should know that you'll have to measure your tile and the area where you will be installing. So, if that's a backsplash or an accent wall tile, make sure that you take the time to get exact measurements. From here you'll be able to decide on the specifications for your given project. It's important to note that the length should match your space perfectly. 

Pro tip: Bullnose tiles are usually sold individually so be sure to calculate and budget them into your project

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Next, cut the tile (if needed)

When it comes to cutting bullnose tile, you have two options: wet saw or handheld tile cutter. Wet saws are the faster and more efficient option, but they can be expensive to rent. Handheld tile cutters are cheaper, but they're more labor-intensive. Whichever method you choose, make sure to wear eye protection and gloves.

Then it’s time to install 

To finish off your tile edges with bullnose, apply thin-set mortar and the trim pieces. Align them so they're all straight before grouting. Once that's done go ahead and seal up the sides by applying some caulk or silicone anywhere that might need extra protection against water intrusion like around drain holes or near sinks (you don't want anything leaking).

Finally, finish off with grout 

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Lastly, finish off the design with some grout. Mix the grout according to the instructions on the package. Once it's mixed, apply it to the tile with a spatula or trowel. Spread it evenly into all of the joints, making sure to work it into any cracks or crevices. Next, use a damp sponge to wipe away any excess grout. Finally, allow the grout to dry for the amount of time specified on the package before continuing with your project.

Uses And Benefits 

Bullnose tile is often used as an accent around fireplaces, sinks and other fixtures. But what many homeowners don't realize is that it can also be an excellent choice for protecting walls from damage. 

Because trim tiles extend slightly beyond the edge of the wall, it helps to deflect impact and prevent chips and cracks. This makes it a fantastic option for backsplashes and floors. 

Plus, trim tile is easy to clean and maintain, and its smooth, rounded edges give any room a finished look. 

Here are some core uses of bullnose tile: 

For Walls: Use to round out a wall design is one of the most common uses of this tile type. You can give a wall design a truly polished, cohesive look. This product allows you to create a softened edge that adds a finishing touch.

For Corners: Consider installing round corners in your home. Some great examples of this usage are for countertops or bathtub surrounds. 

For Floors: The last, and most common application is installing on floors. It can create a seamless transition between the wall and floor that is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. 

What different types of bullnose tile available on the market today?

If you’re wondering what the different types of bullnose tiles are available, we put together a list of the 3 most common ones you’ll find below:

Rectangular Bullnose Tile: distinguished by its rounded edges, which give it a soft, smooth look. The most common dimensions are 3x13 inches for this one.  

Square Bullnose Tile: simply tile that has been cut into a square shape with rounded edges. The most common dimensions you’ll find for this one is 4x4 or 6x6 inches. 

Corner Bullnose Tiles: these tiles are L-shaped so they can be used to create an elegant transition from one surface to another.

What are the pros and cons?

Let’s chat about the pros and cons. 


  • distinguishable by their rounded edges, which can give a room a softer, more organic look.  
  • available in a wide range of colors and materials, making it easy to find an option that fits your style. 
  • many uses to tie a design together properly.


  • can be more difficult to install than other types of tile, and they require more grout, which can make them more expensive. 
  • can be susceptible to chipping and breakage if not maintained. 

Overall, these pencil tiles offer both some advantages and some disadvantages. It is important to weigh these factors carefully before making a decision about whether or not to use them in your home! 

Cleaning And Care

When it comes to caring for tile trim, the best thing you can do is to follow the manufacturer's instructions. This will ensure the best results in the long term. 

Aside from that, you should definitely seal your tile to protect it from stains and dirts. Once you do that, regular maintenance is key! It's important to wipe down regularly in order to prevent dirt and dust from building up. 

You should also keep in mind that when cleaning your tile, be sure to use a mild soap or cleanser - nothing too harsh or abrasive. What about tough stains? Well, for tougher stains, you may want to try using a soft-bristled brush and some elbow grease. 

Finally, remember to rinse thoroughly after cleaning in order to avoid any soap residue. 

Final Thoughts

If you're looking for a tile option that is versatile and easy to care for, bullnose tile is a great choice. Now that you know everything you need to know about this tile option, you can start planning your next project today.

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