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With a wide range of tile types on the market, different grouts, adhesives and trims are also available, in different colours and different strengths, so if you're unsure what product is most suitable for your project, speak to an experienced tiler. Openings such as windows and alcoves can be edged using metallic tile trim in silver, satin or nickel effect, gold or white plastic to soften and enhance right angles and rough tile edges. In order to protect the finish and colour of your tiles, some materials require application of tile sealant either before or after they have been attached to your wall, including polished porcelain and natural stone tiles.
Incorporation of natural stone tiles can enhance decor in rooms, providing an eye catching and elegant focal point in many rooms of the house, whether a country cottage or a city pent house apartment. Popularity for natural stone tiles such as slate, marble, limestone and travertine is partly due to the attractive features in the surfaces of tiles caused when the stone formed thousands of years ago as a result of geological activity. Preventing discolouration and marking of natural stone tiles, whether unfilled porous surfaces or filled and honed finishes, is achieved by applying coats of natural stone tile sealant before grouting and every two or three years to maintain protection.
Luxurious tiles can be used to add a special feature to a bathroom on a budget or create a luxurious en suite to pamper yourself after a hard day's work. Glass and metal are two popular types of tile, usually applied as a mosaic sheet and looks effective as either a full wall for impact in a large space, or as a horizontal border or vertical stripe along a wall. Handmade ceramic tiles can be effective in a kitchen with raised designs and textured finishes including fruit, animals and floral decorations.