Ways to use Subway Tile

Tile comes in many different shapes and styles, but one shape that has been around for decades is subway. The standard 3 x 6 subway tile has been used in commercial and residential spaces since the early 1900's. Known for its durability and easy maintenance, it is a staple in classic design.

In recent years, subway tiles have made a resurgence in design. The standard 3 x 6 is the most common format however, small brick style mosaics and larger format tiles are becoming more and more common. No longer is this style made in only ceramic but porcelain, stone and glass. In addition, it works in almost every design style from modern to traditional.

See some great ways to use this classic tile.

ticket office in former city hall subway stop in new york city with ceramic subway tiles
via This Old House

Generally subway tiles are used as kitchen backsplashes. To mix things up, try a unique color, smaller format, different material, or change up the pattern to give a unique look.

Try a herringbone pattern with your subway tile! More backsplash designs here: http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/backsplash/subway-tile-backsplash/?socsrc=bhgpin072014herringbonepattern&page=5
via BHG

Bathrooms are also a common place to find subway tile. Bring a modern sensibility to your space with larger format tiles.

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Swap out solid stone or dated tiles around a fireplace for an updated but classic look.

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Create a custom look by mixing up different size and colors of tile. Use less expensive subways on the majority of the area and higher priced versions as accents.

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Versatile subway tile is a classic, cost effective and simple way to add style to any space. It's classic look means it will never go out of style and its versatility means your options are endless.

Happy decorating!


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