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, 13 unexpected and totally inspiring things to do with them.
Mix Blue With Marble
How stunning is this slate-toned subway tile accent wall?
Swap Rectangles for Squares
When cut into oversized squares, subway tiles become a study in geometry. (We also love the contrast against the dove gray floors.)
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.
Divide and Conquer
Break up your subway tile layout by working in a preppy, decorative tile border.
Subway tiles look pretty damn dreamy in this deep emerald palette.
Make A Pattern Pop
Use dark grout to draw out a 45-degree herringbone tile arrangement (like in the ultra-chic midcentury-inspired bathroom above).
Color In the Lines
Or use colored grout to make a playful statement. (We love how this turquoise punches up an otherwise basic kitchen island.)
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
How fab is this glamorous built-in mini bar (replete with a mirrored subway tile backsplash)?
Break up a simple shower stall with thick gray penny tile stripes.
Embrace A Jagged Edge
This live-edge herringbone backsplash certainly makes a statement.
If you’re one for retro, feminine charm, look no further than beveled powder-pink subway tiles.