Let’s talk about Subway Tiles!

December 13, 2018

Since the on set of subway tiles in 1904, in New York, they have become very popular in the modern world. Every interior designer knows that these tiles are the perfect solution for kitchen and bathroom floors.

Besides being beautiful, they give your house a personalized touch, and help in increasing the value of the property. They are cleanable and easily sanitized. This is why many people want subway tiles in their home. Nonetheless,choosing the right subway tiles can be quite a complicated undertaking.

Therefore,let us talk about these tiles and see design rules you should take in to account before making any decision.


When we talk of patterns, what comes into mind? Probably you might be thinking of rectangular arrays.
If so, you are not entirely wrong. This technique is the traditional design and the most common, usually known as vertical running bond. Most people go for this pattern because it is easy to install. It is also very easy to DIY because it just requires a flat surface and you are good to go.

However,there are other designs such as the stacked tile. This is a modern take on classic subway style. It gives the room a contemporary look and a personalized touch. Herringbone pattern always adds character to the room.

There many other patterns but the most important thing to remember, do not use more than three colors unless when creating art mosaic.


When we mention materials of the white subway tiles, you probably think of ceramic and porcelain. This is the chief material for making them. However, it always varies the method used in coming up with the tiles. For instance, terracotta tiles are made through baking earth to produce porous ceramic tiles.

Other materials used to make subway tiles include:

  • Glass
  • Marble
  • Travertine

The choice always varies from one person to another in accordance to taste and preferences. However, it is always good to consult the experts in interior design for a good outcome.

Shape and size

Just type the word subway tiles shapes on any search engine and you will get a myriad of results. This means that these tiles are highly customized in terms of sizes and shapes.

Initially,most of these tiles used to come in specific 3-inch by 6-inch tile. Of course,this was a rectangular shape. However, with the increase in the need to come up with more specialized design patterns, many shapes have emerged.

According to interior design experts, there is always a need to come up with the most authentic look for your room before going for any shape. Additionally, the design pattern you will choose will always influence the shape.

That being said, subway tiles are one of the best design invention to have ever existed.However, before installing them many factors to come to play. Taking some of the consideration discussed above into account will always be a step in the right direction.

If you have anything on your mind, you can let us know by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.

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