Subway Tile: Modern Iterations

Clayhaus Series by modwalls

Clayhaus Series by modwalls

Riding on a good decade or so, the subway tile trend is still going strong.  Originally designed for New York City’s subway stations to withstand heavy-duty cleaning, subway tile made its appearance in 1904 when the subway system first opened.

Making its way to the residential market, subway tile was often paired with hexagonal tile floors and elegantly graced the bathrooms and kitchens of Victorian and Arts & Crafts style homes, among others. Then and now, subway tile is regarded as a hallmark of understated luxury. Traditionally 3”x6” and either white, off-white or black, the tile’s thick body is most commonly installed in an off-set brick pattern and light colored grout.

If convention isn’t your thing, consider a modern iteration of this timeless classic. In bright, fruity colors and miniature or large-format sizes, subway tile delivers design possibilities.  Installing it in a vertical orientation or straight suggests a sleek, contemporary style.  Selecting a dark or colored grout lends a graphic, edgy tone.  A watery, dreamy depth is created on walls with glass subway tiles. Meanwhile, artistically patterned tile, like the Rex Ray Collection by modwalls, will usher in the new day with a playful jolt.

Here are some inspiring favorites:

via thisoldhouse.com, photo by Michael Caseyvia thisoldhouse.com, photo by Michael Casey

3x6 lemongrass, straight installation

Lush Series by modwalls

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Sebris Collection by Fireclay Tile

Sebris Collection by Fireclay Tile

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via tileist.wordpress.com

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Claymond Series by Fireclay Tile

Claymond Series by Fireclay Tile

Rex Ray Collection by modwalls

Rex Ray Collection by modwalls

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Subway Tile Sources:

modwalls

Fireclay Tile

Ann Sacks Tile & Stone

Waterworks

Daltile

 

Comments

  1. Thank you for including so many of our modwalls subway tile offerings in this article. We’re thrilled to be in such good company!

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