How to choose a tile border?

Recently, manufacturers of a particular tile collection include decorative panels and borders in its composition. This is, of course, convenient, but if you do not want to limit your ideas regarding interior design with any framework, there is always a border tile on sale, which is sold separately, so you can create your own unique and original design in any room.


The correct choice of decor for tiles will become a defining element of a high-quality and beautiful renovation. The curb is a versatile link wherever tile is used. Thanks to its presence, the interior and surface decoration with tiles, regardless of the type of room, will have a laconic and finished look..

In addition, this element acts as a decorative component, which is a kind of dividing when zoning individual parts of the surface, which is laid out with tiles. Very often the border is just for decoration..

Types of surfaces

Borders in the collections of ceramic tiles are presented in the following options: pencil border, which is a narrow strip of one color, and a narrow product or a wide element. As a rule, the latter is produced with a characteristic pattern. In floor tile collections, it has a mosaic shape.

Traditional installation technology the curb is placed on the wall parallel to the floor surface in the middle of the wall or on top of the ceiling. The element is laid on the floor along the perimeter of the room, thereby emphasizing the space in the room.

There are installation options where the curb is positioned along the edges of furniture, in window or door openings, or along the top of the bathroom or along the hood..

For tiles, an element such as a border will not only be a decoration, but also as an effective option for edging a mirror in a bathroom..

Corner curb type is used on the surface of the grout tile. The element has a wide range of colors, mainly produced with a pattern and a relief texture. Most often, this model of the curb is produced in a universal form and therefore is compatible with any base, and the method of fastening involves installation both on and under the material..

Facing the surface with ceramic tiles “hog” – ideal for a kitchen apron.

Through the use of borders, a certain decorative effect can be achieved..


As mentioned above, curbs can be divided into three types:

  • Pencil. It is a thin and convex strip. This variety is presented in a wide variety of textures on the outer side of the product. These pencil curbs are used to fill in small gaps. Designers opt for just this type of ceramic border in the event that it is required to visually divide the room, as well as using it as an attractive decor for framing large mirrors.

  • Corner type. The most demanded product, since its scope is to seal medium-sized joints. The element is available in a wide range of colors, may have a pattern on the surface. In texture, corner borders are smooth or embossed. Very often sold with tiles.

  • Ceramic bathroom corner – frieze. It is made in the form of a tile, but at the bottom with a characteristic inflow, due to which the joint between the products is hidden. Such curb tiles have not received widespread use..

If you want to adhere to one style in the interior, the choice of the border will depend on it.. There are several main directions:

  • provence;

  • classic;

  • modern;

  • minimalism;

  • country.

Curbs can be made from a wide variety of materials. Curbs can also be classified according to the type of surface for which they will be used:

  • metal;
  • glass;
  • plastic;
  • mirrored;
  • made of artificial stone;
  • from natural stone;
  • ceramic;
  • acrylic;
  • self-adhesive.

The use of decorative metal elements will help to emphasize the modernity and high-tech design of the room, as well as the richness of the interior and good taste. Metal borders for tiles are made of steel or aluminum. Only moisture-resistant raw materials are used that do not deteriorate from various aggressive effects of substances, including chemical treatment.

Aluminum curbs work well in rooms with high levels of humidity, such as a kitchen or bathroom.

Glass curbs are very original, complementing the interior and overall decoration of the room. Such a frieze is much thinner than a tile, but it can be painted in absolutely any color or shade, so it will suit every collection..

There are elite models that are additionally decorated with crystals or even semi-precious stones..

The plastic border is invisible, but very important when decorating walls in rooms such as the bathroom. The PVC product performs an important function – sealing the distance between the wall and the bathroom. However, without high-quality glue and sealant, the curb, of course, has only decorative value. Self-adhesive options for bathroom borders are now being produced; for such products, the most even base is important..

Mirrored ceilings or walls in rooms for various purposes now surprise no one. Previously, it was the prerogative of hotels, gyms and dance classes. Today, this kind of decor is also often found in apartments and private cottages. Mirrors can expand the space, and mirrored borders help to complete the decoration, so that the panel looks appropriate, for example, when combined on the surface with other materials..

Artificial stone products are the most presentable and luxurious among the entire range of borders. Products can imitate various natural materials, they are perfectly combined in the interior with different textures or reliefs, in general premises, apartments and houses.

Products made from natural stone are an expensive product, which, as a rule, is offered to customers already complete with tiles..

Ceramic frieze is the most environmentally friendly product. Among the advantages of this material, one can also highlight durability, sophistication, moisture resistance, heat resistance..

Acrylic products also have a good record in terms of the environmental friendliness of the material used in the process of their creation. A bathtub and a curb made of this material together will represent an integral structure that is guaranteed to decorate the room and its interior..

Self-adhesive border is a tape that is flexible and cheap.

The range of colors of the products will satisfy the desires of each customer. Gold or white are considered universal colors..

The assortment in terms of color variety is presented in two directions:

  1. bright colors that will radiate energy;
  2. cold colors that give peace and tranquility.

Products can be of various sizes, depending on the tile collection, as well as the size of the elements. Important in this matter is the fact of what material the products are made of.. Based on these factors, the curbs can be of the following sizes:

  • ceramics – made in lengths from 20 to 60 centimeters;
  • glass products are made up to 60 centimeters long, but there is an option to order individual sizes;
  • self-adhesive borders have a length of 3.2-3.5 meters and a width of 2-6 centimeters. For example, glass curbs manufactured by Ceramika Konskie have a product thickness of 8 millimeters, as well as dimensions of 2.3×40 cm, 2.3×50 cm, 2.3×60 cm.

Selection Tips

When decorating a kitchen, a bathroom or when decorating any other room, be it a toilet or a pool, every little thing is of tremendous importance. For example, if a bathroom or a sink is made of acrylic, then the border for it should be selected from a similar material, although the option of purchasing a ceramic element for sealing and decoration will also be acceptable, but only in the version when the walls are decorated with the same ceramics.

The high cost of the product does not always indicate the high quality of the border. Among the available variety, you can always choose a more affordable product that will not be inferior in quality and attractiveness to an expensive model..

The decor of light tile surfaces can be emphasized by decorating the borders with black or dark shades of the base color. And bright inserts made from the border, when mounted horizontally or vertically, can make the interior more colorful, so you should not limit yourself in the color palette of products.

Also, when choosing borders, it will be useful to determine the exact amount of required material. Carrying out such a calculation will make it possible to save time and avoid unnecessary spending of money..

For more information on how to choose a bathroom border, see below..

Illustrative examples and options

The use in the decoration of curbs will give the interior a zest, luxury and originality. However, it is very important to think through everything to the smallest detail..

Contrast in the interior will be a very interesting solution, for example, if the ceiling is light, and the rest of the surfaces are dark with rich and expressive bordering in gold color.

An interesting solution would be the use of plant motifs, especially in the kitchen. Young sprouts, green stems and beautiful butterflies will decorate and revive the interior, which will delight the eye at any time of the year with bright colors of summer or golden autumn.

Artificial stone borders in the bathroom or in any other room are very beautiful and durable, their cost is low, and the colors and patterns of the countertop, sink or floor will create an excellent imitation of natural surfaces..

    Any idea in the decor of a room can be easily realized with the help of small elements for decoration, which, in a competent combination with other materials, will become faithful helpers and good performers. The tile border is a prime example of this..

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