Getting On The Subway

April 8, 2015

By Tab Byrum


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Subway Tiles are called that because that’s exactly what they are, the 3″x6″ tiles used in finishing and decorating the walls of subway stations.  Today subway tile and its use in home bathrooms and kitchens are more popular than ever.  While most people stick with the traditional clean look of the white tiles there are some great looking colored tiles in many different colors.  I really like the look of the tiles, especially whole walls or at least most of a wall done in it.  When using subway tile you need to think about what color grout  you want to use, if you are doing a lot with black such as black cabinet knobs and pulls then you might want to go with a dark grout, or if you are trying to keep it light and bright you may want a white or much lighter colored grout.


You can get really creative with subway tile in how they’re installed, you can create a herringbone pattern, you can install them standing vertical, you can even install them in a stair step look.  Let’s take a look at Subway Tile and what some very creative people have done with them, Enjoy!!!



The grout color is a great example of tying it in to the appliances, floor and cabinetry of the kitchen. The dark grout brings it all together, especially with the black hood you can just see peeking into the picture. 


Black bathtub and dark grout brings it all together.  Love the brass touches from hardware to tub faucet.


I always think it’s cool when items like mirrors, lighting and artwork are mounted on a wall of tile, it’s all about layering. 


Here’s a real life example of Subway Tile being used in the subway, notice how it’s installed vertically.



Two different colors of Subway Tile here, black on the walls and grey on the tub surround.


Here you can see Subway Tile installed in a pattern, love this shade of blue. 




These Stainless Steele Subway Tiles are smaller in size than normal, but what they lack in size they make up for in sparkle.





Another example of Subway Tile installed in a distinctive pattern, you can see the large wall in the reflection of the mirror. 



To me that is the perfect shower, I actually like everything we can see in this room. 



The dark grout here plays off the black countertops, I want these open shelves. 

As always I’d love to hear your thoughts on Subway Tile, do you have it in your home, if not would you use it next time you change things out?  I’d love to hear from you.  Have an awesome day!!!!

Unless otherwise noted all images are courtesy of Tumblr.

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