Why metal trim?  Using Schluter metal strips instead of bullnose and floor trim.

In today’s tile world, matching bullnose is not always available for every application.  When this is the case we take a lesson from modern and European design and go to the metal trim (Schluter metal strips) options available to us.  Metal trim can be used in many places: Showers, tubs, floors, counter-tops and stairs, just to name a few.

Advantages of Metal Trim

Having a large, 1-3 inch wide, piece of bullnose is not always attractive.  A thin Schluter strip such as this FINEC give the necessary finish without the bulk.  Fine/small trim pieces help to highlight the tile and the layout you have chosen rather than adding another element to detract from the beauty of your tile. The FINEC line is especially useful in finishing off mosaic, accents tile, shampoo niches or accent tile inlay bands.

FINEC by Schluter. A sleek thin option when you want a virtually invisible finish.


If you prefer, to have a more visible trim, and your selection does not have a tile bullnose, try DILEX.  Ranging in widths, the possibilities are endless.  The DILEX cove strip is perfect for floor connections, but also can be a decorative accent in any shower or tub.

Dilex cove shaped trim.

Finish Options

There are such a wide range of finish options for using metal, let us explore some of these here. You can choose a trim to match your tile, there are many color and finish options to choose from.  OR, you can create a modern look with a contrasting accent.  The wide range of materials helps give you many options.  Schluter trim comes in stainless steel and painted aluminum.  As your design consultant for all of your options.

There are a wide variety of options in metal trim.


f you have never seen projects finished using metal trim, check out this photo for just ONE of the many uses.  You can also go to THIS LINK to check out all of the options for using metal trim in your tile project.

This colorful bathroom uses a wider Schluter strip for finishing, thus adding to the design.