Subway tiles are the white T-shirt of interiors: A timeless, well-loved basic that’s a classic for a reason…but can get really boring, really fast. Here, our five favorite—and totally unexpected!—things to do with them.
5 Brilliant Subway Tile Ideas You’ve Never Seen Before
Mix Your Materials
One easy way to step up your subway tile game? Easy: Pick a colorful variety—then mix with a luxe material, like this cool, veiny marble.
Try A Basket Weave Pattern
A small layout tweak, like arranging tiles in an alternating two-by-two grid, lends a lovely, luxe-looking texture.
Think Long And Tall
Stack extra-long subway tiles vertically for a modern backsplash in a laundry or bathroom.
Go For All Or Nothing
Too much of a good thing does not apply to subway-tiled bathrooms: Go ahead and cover every last nook and cranny.
Get Your Shine On
And for the glamazons among us—opt for a mirrored subway tile. (Chicest at-home wet bar around, eh?)