5 Brilliant Subway Tile Ideas You’ve Never Seen Before

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.

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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?) 


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From 2014-2019 Grace Beuley Hunt held the role of Home Editor covering interior design, styling, trends and more.