If you think about tile shapes, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the iconic subway tile. This tile has been a timeless classic since it was introduced in NYC in 1904. One thing we know is that the subway tile will never go out of style, and 2022 proved that to be true. Designers and homeowners are getting creative with this tried and true tile and we are here for it! Whether it’s stacking the tile, mixing it with other shapes, or creating an ombre, there are countless ways to get creative with subway tile. Continue reading to see 6 projects that put a fun twist on this classic tile…
1. Herringbone Pattern
Getting creative with mosaic subway tiles is easier than you think. I mean, check out the popular herringbone pattern! This signature zig-zag pattern is a unique twist on the classic and will add so much character to your home. You can use our easy to install sheets of 2”x6” herringbone for a quicker install, or if you love doing things yourself, get loose subway pieces and hand install the pattern. No matter which you choose, this pattern will always be a hit!
For more Herringbone projects, visit our blog "10 Herringbone Tile Pattern Ideas"
Interior Design & Photography - Joinery & Design Co
Top Right: 2"x6" Herringbone Pattern - 11 Deco White, 130 White, 77E Grey
Interior Design & Photography - Joinery & Design Co
2. Trendy Stacked Subway
We saw more and more stacked subway tile projects in 2022, and can’t wait to see even more in 2023! This trendy design proves just how versatile subway tiles can be. By stacking your subway tile vertically or horizontally, you instantly create a new and fresh look that people adore. Plus, this way of laying your subway tiles out makes it easy to fit into any interior design style. From Mid-Century Modern to maximalism, you can never go wrong with this style of subway tile.
Love the look of stacked tile? Visit our blog "5 Trendy Stacked Tile Projects We Love" to see more!
Top Left: 3"x8" Subway Tile - 47 Vermont Pine
3. Pair with Other Tile Shapes
Take your subway tile to the next level and pair it with another tile shape! We love when clients mix and match tile shapes, and here are just some of our favorites. If you want a statement backsplash behind your range and want to keep the rest of the kitchen simple, then using our medium diamonds and subway tile as the end pieces is the way to go. Making a splash in the bathroom is as easy as using moroccan fish scale accents within the subway tile to bring the tropics to your home. The possibilities here are endless!
For more tile shape combinations, visit our blog "Mixed Tile Made Easy: Our Signature Patterns"
Top Left: Large Moroccan Fish Scales - 21W Cobalt Interior Design - Jennifer Harbison, Photography - Miro Dvorscak Top Right: 3”x6” Subway Tile & Medium Diamonds – Custom Color Interior Design - Construction2Style, Photography - Chelsie Lopez Production Bottom: 2"x6" Subway Tile - 130 White, Medium Diamonds - 130 White, 77E Grey, 60 Silver Lining, 815W Light Grey, 155 Steel, 912W Cloudy Sky, 366 Satin black, 613 Black Photography - Sage E Imagery, Styling - Creekwoodhill, Building & Remodeling - Black Dog Homes
4. Beautiful Ombre
Ombre designs are a fan favorite for a reason. This design is just as versatile as subway tiles which is why people love it and keep wanting more. Vantage Collection, a Jersey City luxury apartment complex, went all out with their tiled backdrop. This sleek blue ombre is not just beautiful, but inspiring! You don’t see subway tile ombre designs often, and we hope to see more just like this. The stacked 3”x3” subway tiles create a modern feel and the blue color palette adds a cool and refreshing look.
For ombre inspiration, visit our blog "7 Ombre Tile Ideas with Different Shapes & Colors"
3”x3” Subway Tile - 214 Coastal Breeze, 1065 Mint Julep, 1017E Sea Mist, 75 Emerald, Custom Color
5. Mixing Subway Sizes and Orientations
We discussed mixing subway tile with other tile shapes, but how about mixing different sizes of subway tiles and different orientations? Using different sizes of subway tiles in the same design modernizes the traditional look of the staggered layout. Yond Interiors did just that with their bathroom renovation and it turned out looking cozy and chic. Using different layout orientations of the subway tile can help create statements within the design. Restor Homes added a striking contrast to this walk-in shower by using a vertical navy subway tile and pairing black stacked and herringbone tiles elevated the look of this home bar.
To see other tile trends we're hoping to see, visit our blog "Top 6 Tile Trends We're Predicting for 2023"
Top Left: 4"x4" & 2”x4” Subway Tile - 912W Cloudy Sky
Interior Design - Yond Interiors, Photography - Amanda Birnie
6. Customize The Subway Tile
Customize your subway tile with unique accents! Emily Pueringer went the extra mile when designing this retro backsplash for a Mid-Century Modern home. By working with our Design Consultants, you can let your creativity run loose and dream up your ideal tile design. Whether you want a similar retro styled subway tile design or want something more catered to your personality, we can help you out. Contact us today to get started!
Want to learn more about custom designs? Visit our blog "How to Design a Custom Tile Mosaic"
4"x4" Subway Tile - 301 Marshmallow, 32 Canton Jade, Custom Colors
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