Subway Tiles

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Subway tiles have always been one of my favourite hard finishes. They originated in 1904 when the New York subways were in need of a durable, stain resistant and good-looking material. It’s fair to say the subway tile has earned icon status.

Such a beautiful wall in an otherwise dingy New York subway station!

Subway Tiles

Classic and timeless, the faithful white subway tile is my kitchen splashback of choice. Before we built our home I started Pinning images of kitchens I loved where subway tiles are featured.

Some beautiful kitchens featuring subway tiles.

Gast Architects
Some beautiful kitchens featuring subway tiles.via Home Beautiful

Some beautiful kitchens featuring subway tiles.

Fleming Homes

Some beautiful kitchens featuring subway tiles.

The Design Co

Some beautiful kitchens featuring subway tiles.

Benjamin Dhong

Not always in white, subway tiles can be a colourful feature.

Some beautiful kitchens featuring subway tiles.

Fiorella Design

Some beautiful kitchens featuring subway tiles.

L.Kae Interiors

Some beautiful kitchens featuring subway tiles.

Phoebe Howard

Or by using a darker grout, the versatile subway tile takes on an industrial vibe.

Some beautiful kitchens featuring subway tiles.

Taste Interior Design

Some beautiful kitchens featuring subway tiles.

via Better Homes and Gardens

Some beautiful kitchens featuring subway tiles.

B & C Novogratz

So when it came to choosing tiling for our new home, it was no surprise that subways featured heavily. They provided the perfect look for my Hamptons style home and were an inexpensive option, allowing me to spend more on feature tiling such as on the floor.

In the kitchen I chose a bevelled edge subway as the splash back.

How I used subway tiles in our new build.

Which is continued in the Butler’s Pantry.

How I used subway tiles in our new build.

And I used a cute mini version of these in the laundry.

How I used subway tiles in our new build.

In the girls’ bathroom I did a half wall of them around the perimeter and then a full wall in the shower recess.

How I used subway tiles in our new build.

In my ensuite I tiled 3/4 of the way up.

How I used subway tiles in our new build.

All my subway tiles were sourced from Perini Tiles.

What do you think? Are subway tiles here to stay?

Belinda XO

19 Responses to "Subway Tiles"
      • Hi Belinda, No, I am in Virginia and I am renovating my kitchen and just fell in love with those blue tiles. I don’t want just a solid wall of one color, I like the variations in these tiles. I will check out Perini online. Thanks so much, Sharon

        • Sharon! I agree with you completely — I have been searching far and wide for something like this in the US. Did you find anything yet?

          • no I have had no luck finding anything even close. I have a potential source that I have not checked out yet. Status Ceramics, Elements collection, color – Borage Crackle. Good luck:)

          • thank you I will check that out! I am looking for something with varying shades of blue/gray in the tiles themselves….not easy to find!

  1. I really love the blue subway tiles in this picture– do you know if there is anything like this in the US?

  2. Two similar – tilebar.com BLUE MACAUBA 2X4 POLISHED MARBLE TILE and glazziotile.com New England Series Maritime Blue (1×4)

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