Subway tile is one of those enduring design classics that works again and again as a smart solution in kitchen and bath design projects. The range of products available in the subway tile category is amazing and lots of fun to explore, and the size and scale is often perfect for kitchen backsplashes, shower interiors, and tub surrounds. Lately I’ve specified a variety of white, cream colored or gray subway tile, but color options are unlimited.
Standard 3” x 6” subway tile works well for kitchen or bath backsplashes, for shower walls, and for bathroom walls (usually trimmed with a ceramic chair rail, pencil edge or bullnose). But, I’ve also recently used 2” x 6” tile and 4” x 12” or 4” x 16” tile. Subway tile can be found in a wide array of colors and finishes to complement any color scheme. For an elegant, sophisticated look, an off white or cream colored, ceramic tile with eased or beveled edges is always a winner. Glass subway tile will create a tailored and stylish solution for kitchen or bar backsplashes. Real or faux travertine subway tiles work really well with a wide array of beige, tan or earth toned granite counter tops.
Subway tile can be placed horizontally (usually in a staggered brick pattern), vertically for a contemporary look, or even in a herringbone pattern (especially as a backsplash or accent area behind cook tops or ranges). Many tile shops and companies stock trim such as listellos, pencil edges and chair rails to coordinate with subway tile and to create a border or finished edge.