You adore the look of vintage Subway Tile – bold, urban, classic. Functional, yet utterly playful. But how do you make the daunting choice among so many fetching colors and patterns? Our designers are here to guide you towards choosing the colors, dimensions and patterns of the Subway Tile design that best embodies the spirit of your living space.
Do you envision a bathroom floor with a color palette of blue-green tiles that evoke the myriad shades of the ocean? Or perhaps you imagine curling up with a novel in front of a fireplace that features an intricate herringbone pattern in shades of cream and charcoal. Our hand-glazed, artisan made Subway Tiles are simply building blocks for your imagination.
To help guide your exploration, how about a little history lesson? Subway Tiles take their inspiration from the iconic New York City subway. As you descend underground and wait for the train, you can still notice the original white glazed ceramic tiles that form the arched walls of these historic subterranean tunnels. First created in the early 20th century, they have become a beloved design fixture in many 21st century homes, from bathroom to kitchens, from floors to fireplaces.
Travelers, Anglophiles, and global souls: do you prefer to take your inspiration from across the Atlantic? If so, you’ll find beautiful examples of Subway Tile in the historic London Underground, otherwise known as the Tube. Check out our very own London Underground-inspired bathroom:
London Underground Tile Bathroom
The beauty of Subway Tiles lies not only in its urban transport-inspired design––classic yet totally contemporary––but also in its flexibility. From square 6”x6” tiles to rectangular 3”x12” tiles, we have a range of dimensions with which to dream, play and create!
The Heart of Every Home
Yes, we’re talking about your kitchen. In Italian, it’s cucina. In Swedish, it’s kök. (And if you’re understandably wild about all things Swedish, be sure to check out our Diamond Tiles, inspired by Scandinavian design.) Here’s a side-by-side comparison of our best white glazes and how you can use them by themselves or combine a few whites for added variation!
Imagine a ceramic-tiled kitchen whose backsplash of Subway Tile in 928 Oxblood is the most arresting design feature of the room: the first things guests notice when they walk in the room. The wow factor is undeniable. (And with a color like 928 Oxblood, it’s no wonder.) You suspect it’s the reason your friends love to hang out in your kitchen on the weekend: your kitchen is warm, social and full of life.
One of the first questions to ask when choosing Subway Tiles for your kitchen boils down to sheer emotion: what mood do you want to create?
By choosing bold colors in monochrome, whether as backsplash tile or as floor tile, you bring an energizing, cheerful vibe to your kitchen.
Yet if the word “kitchen” evokes a calming, restful place where you like to bake, write in your journal, and unwind to classical music with a glass of wine, your color palette should reflect this intention towards serenity. Check out some of our most peaceful blue and green shades of hand-glazed Subway Tile: 108 China Sea, 107 Green Tea, 1017E Sea Mist and 12W Blue Bell.
The bathroom may be your house’s most functional room, but who’s to say it can’t also be the dreamiest? Think about choosing tile color that reflect the element of water––the force of nature that cleanses, purifies, detoxifies, rejuvenates, and inspires us.
Imagine a gleaming shower tiled in colors of the sea, set in a graceful herringbone pattern. We’ve designed Subway Tile colors like 108 China Sea, 1017E Sea Mist, 1015E Caribbean Blue and 1016 Costa Rica to transport you.
High and Low
Does your ceiling need a little love? Think of all the ceiling space—a veritable empty canvas—that is going to waste! Now imagine how you could transform the look of your kitchen, bathroom or fireplace area by extending Subway Tile up, up and away.
The same concept applies to flooring. Do you want the cool, smooth feel of ceramic tile under your feet during hot summers? Then why not think about choosing our hand-glazed Subway Tile for your kitchen or bathroom floor, or for the space around your fireplace? As floor materials go, ceramic tile is thankfully as easy to maintain and clean as it is pretty to look at.
Go for the Grout
Grout? Yep. This is where we tell you about the glories of grout. (Suspend your disbelief for a just a moment…)
We’re guessing that choosing the color of your grout isn’t the first thing you look forward to when designing your dream kitchen or bathroom. But don’t underestimate the visual impact of choosing a grout color that contrasts beautifully with your tile.
Here at Mercury Mosaics, we’re keen on contrasts that are just a little bit wild: our 133R Sea Green Subway Tiles with deep red grout, or our spicy 614 Matador Red Subway Tiles paired with dark grey grout.
2″x4″ Subway Tile – 614 Matador Red
Just as a beautiful dress can be transformed by the perfect jewelry, our Subway Tiles will seriously pop with the perfect color of grout.
Each piece of tile is handmade by our talented tile experts. From creating the tile shape out of strips of clay, to applying glaze, to firing each piece in our kiln and transferring to layout, packaging and shipping, each piece of tile passes through the hands of our talented tile elves. The finished and installed tile reflects that beautiful handmade quality.
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