Subway Tiles Are More Versatile Than You Think!

Is it time to give your kitchen and bathroom a new look and feel? If you’re ready to embark on a creative journey of transforming your dining or bathroom space, it can be as simple as changing the flooring and adding tiles for a backsplash or walls.

Tiles have been used in kitchens and bathrooms for a long time due to their practicality; so if you’re going for an effective kitchen or bathroom makeover that will also make a lasting impression, try this versatile kind – the subway tiles.

Now available in different colors, sizes and textures, subway tiles can provide unlimited design potential for kitchens or bathrooms.

While they may give out a traditional, even old school vibe, subway tiles actually have a timeless and classical detail and appeal that can be adapted to suit any contemporary style, and they come in almost every color of the rainbow.

The 3″ x 6″ white tiles were first used in the early 1900’s New York subway stations, and part of the appeal of its design has always been simplicity and universal measurement ratios – a precise 1:2 width to length. In addition to classic 3″ x 6″, other size variations are also available in 2″ x 4″ and 4″ x 8″.

Subway tiles since proved to be an easy-to-clean, durable surface that reflected light well – soon paving their way to residential housing; over a century later, they continue to be among the most popular choices for tile installations in kitchens, bathrooms, and more.

Once arranged in mostly an offset running-bond pattern only, nowadays there are more ways to use them in your kitchen as well as your bathroom.

For modern classic kitchen and bathroom, you can have subway tiles side-to-side, top to bottom, the backsplash becoming the wall itself. If you use subway tile with dark grout, it creates an old school, classic, traditional, and timeless look.

Subway tiles can be quite effective in many other styles. For instance, with other elements such as Italian villa details and modern appliances, it can be quite elegant and functional as a backsplash wall. And, the actual design of the classic subway tiles will always add a traditional element to a kitchen that is predominantly modern.

Grey is a popular and trendy color for home décor, and selecting grey subway tile can serve as an effective decorative item by itself, or used in combination with other color schemes to create classic, understated elegance.


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White on white design gives a clean look and is ideal for small kitchens, as it makes the space look bigger.

If you like brightly colored tiles, it can beautifully liven up your kitchen.

Colorful backsplash tiles offer a more unique look, and play well with pendant lights, really dark or white cabinets and retro-style furniture.

You can also play with different tile patterns, such as a brickwork pattern. Or, liven up your bathroom with the black-and-white harlequin-patterned tiles for the wall and hexagon tiles for the floor.

What also keeps subway tiles interesting is that nowadays you can also get natural stone tiles in the same classic dimension ratios, and install them in the classic running-bond, brickwork pattern. Or, you can get your subway tiles made of glass.

If you have an outdoor dining area that could also use a new look, consider renovating with classic subway glass mosaic tile – you’ll be glad you did.

And if you need help installing these versatile tiles – our experienced and expert Home One Services contractors are ready to work with you on transforming your tired looking kitchen or bathroom into a fun, stylish and efficient one!

For all of your home remodels – contact trustworthy contractors at Home One Services today.