Subway tile made its debut at the beginning of the 20th century, in the train stations of the New York City subway system. Since then, it has become a design staple in both commercial and residential settings—and for good reason. It’s affordable, easy to clean, brightens a room by reflecting light, and has a simple elegance that works with many decor styles.Tiles Johannesburg
Whether you’ve considered adding subway tile to your home or not, we think you’ll find inspiration from these stunning rooms where subway tile makes its mark.
Crisp and Clean
Subway tile is a practical choice for the kitchen because it’s easy to clean. Use it as a backsplash behind the stove, as in this stainless kitchen, and you’ll have an easier time wiping up splatters and spills. Plus, if you choose a darker grout, the porous material won’t show spots or stains.
Subway tile is simple and, laid out in the traditional way, provides an understated background. But lay a section in a herringbone pattern and surround it with a decorative border, and it can create a one-of-a-kind focal accent, the way it does behind the range in this kitchen.
Subway tile, as we know it, has been around for more than 100 years. Even so, its simplicity means it never looks outdated. Instead, its clean lines always give the material a contemporary flavour, as in this kitchen where grey tile elevates an already modern aesthetic.
The straightforward and uncomplicated design of subway tile gives it the ability to quietly complement other materials that add drama to space, like granite or marble. The backsplash in this bathroom serves its practical purpose, while the countertop takes centre stage.
Subway tile looks good in many applications. While it’s beloved as a backsplash in the kitchen, it looks just as well in the bathroom. Whether in the shower, behind the sink, or even around the tub, this bathroom is proof that subway tile gives space a cohesive finish no matter where it’s installed.
Even uniform subway tile can be used to create a patterned design when different colours are paired together. This kitchen backsplash gets a playful yet grown-up look when subway tiles are pieced together in a random pattern of both grey and white.
Traditionally, subway tile has been made of ceramic or porcelain. But today, the classic tile also comes in more modern materials, like glass, which has an ultra-smooth and shiny look.
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