A bullnose tile is a special type of tile primarily used in bathrooms. Its distinctive feature is a rounded edge. Bullnose tile is an essential element of tiling projects because of the great benefits it provides.

First of all, a bullnose tile adds a nice finishing touch to the tiling projects. Many manufacturers actually include matching bullnose tiles in their packages so you can use them to border the edges.

Second of all, a bullnose edge tile is a good safety solution. Conventional and rectified tiles have sharp edges and so you should avoid tiling outward facing areas and corners with them. On the contrary, a bullnose tile is a much safer option thanks to its rounded edges

Bullnose tile is identifiable because of its characteristic round edges. It's viewed as an edge trim piece, and is often used to cover corners or frame the perimeter of a tile design. This eliminates sharper angles and unfinished tile sides from being visible on your floor or wall. Many tile designs are also available with matching bullnose tiles. Here's what you need to know in order to add this type of tile to your design. If you’re on a budget, use a standard bullnose tile piece that is typically used to finish off the field tile. A simple border of mosaic along the backsplash adds visual interest and ties the countertop material to the floor color (and makes it really easy to pick to a wall color).

Applications of Bullnose Tile

Bullnose tiles have a wide variety of applications. Here are a few examples:

  • WALLS: If you're tiling a backsplash or accent wall, unfinished edges that don't match up with the wall will be visible. Placing a row of bullnose tiles around the perimeter of your design yields a more finished look. To determine the types of bullnose tiles that are available, check out the trim pieces that match the tile you choose.
  • DECORATIVE TRIM: Bullnose tiles can also be used as decorative trim or on the top of a half-tiled accent wall.
  • FLOORS: A row of bullnose tiles can take the place of a wooden baseboard and give any bathroom floor a finished look. This added moisture protection will also help to preserve the bottom portion of your walls.
  • CORNERS: Bullnose tiles can also be used to smooth out sharp edges on tub surrounds or countertops. The outermost edges of shampoo niches can also be finished with bullnose rather than standard tile. And for bathrooms that feature a tiled privacy wall, bullnose tile can be used to soften sharper edges. This will not only streamline the overall design, but will also help to protect anyone who brushes up against the wall.
  • Surface bullnose. This refers to a tile trim piece which has a convex radius on one side. It is used to finish the top or side of a tile area.

Bullnose tile: installation tips

  • For the outside corners, use double bullnose tiles. They have two rounded edges and will provide a smoother and less sharp corner.
  • When you are doing the baseboard work, measure required height first, then cut the necessary amount to tile the perimeter.