Subway tile is one of those current buzzwords in decorating, but yet it has always been a classic choice in bathroom design for generations. It is uncomplicated, clean, and universally appealing. When people go overboard in their pattern or color choice, then- like all tile- it becomes problamatic. I am a big proponent of subway tile in kitchens and bathrooms. I believe they are especially effective in large spaces, when completed in glass finishing, and perfectly horizontally placed.
Here are just a few examples of subway tiles that are flawlessly used in decor. It truly is a fresh choice!
Marble subway and herringbone floors in this kitchen by Caitlin Wilson. Photo source: House Beautiul
A more modern and glamorous take on subway tile. Notice how a simple switch in the tile drection can change the entire feel? Photo source: Metropolitan Home
Juniper Tedhams created this stately shower with black bench top. Photo source: House Beautiful
Continuing with the black and white contrast. A fantasitc use of french doors accompanied by an incredible sphered light fixture. Photo source: Elle Decor
I love this glassy blue subway against the carrara marble trim and floors in this Cape Cod home. Flawlessly executed! Photo source: Traditional Home
A clean and high shine subway in this smart kitchen. Photo source: Traditional Home
This white subway tile allows the cloudy gray cabinets to be front and center in this cool San Fran kitchen of Susan Greenleaf. Photo source: Lonny
A darker approach to subway. I love nothing more than traditional elements in a modern setting. This chrome tub and chocolate subway tiled bathroom is by Alfredo Paredes. Photo source: Architectural Digest
Penny tiles and and subway marble tiles work together to make this bathroom stand out. Look, it even has a gallery wall! Photo source: Architectural Digest
Subway tiles from the floor to the walls. Photorsource: Elle Decor
That black stove is everything! It makes it more acceptable to use black hardware on the cabinets. They pop against all the white, yet everything ties in beautifully. Photo source: Lonny
Richard Lambertson and John Truex know how to bring interesting elements to a bathroom. I’ll forgive them for the colored linen violation since they have the most beautiful marble siding to a tub I have ever seen. The subway tile is the perfect backdrop. Photo source: Architectural Digest
A fresh take on subway tile with a stainless finishing. This is a huge trend I am seeing right now. I must say it is very effective in this kitchen by Thom Filicia. Photo source: Architectural Digest
A classic kitchen with the backsplash of subway continuing across the walls. The tile in this photo is by Urban Archeology. Photo source: Elle Decor