Trend Alert: Subway Tile

Tile is a straightforward way of adding color, texture, and creativity to interior spaces. Whether it’s for a bathroom or kitchen, updating the tile can instantly change the whole look! We are seeing more and more creative tile options coming to the market, and that includes interesting ways of using Subway Tiles. Let’s take a closer look!

backsplash trends 2020

Why we love it!

Subway tiles are fantastic because they can be applied in a variety of ways to add character to kitchens and bathrooms. The can be used in the traditional way of horizontal, or you can get creative and use them vertically or in a herringbone pattern! We especially love these tiles because they are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns so you can create a truly unique look.

How to use it. 

Luckily, there are a wide variety of colors, textures and patterns to choose from to suit all of your tiling needs. From polished to matte finish, multi-colored mosaics to single color subway tiles – there is something for every style of interior! You can use subway style tiles in the kitchen, bathrooms, powder rooms, mudrooms and utility rooms.

Use subway tiles in kitchens to create a feature backsplash with a fun and colorful mosaic or arrangement of tiles.

In bathrooms, you can use subway tiles for the walls and as a feature backsplash to the sink area. Use larger subway tiles for larger areas like the shower walls and smaller ones for areas like the sink backsplash.

What to watch for.

There are some considerations to take into account when thinking of using subway tiles in your home.

As with any home improvements, the overall finished product will depend on who is installing the tiles. Subway tiles are generally easier than some other shapes to install, but if in doubt always seek a professional tile installer to help! Should you be planning to install the subway tiles in a herringbone pattern, this will be less stressful with an experienced tile installer to help. If you’re using subway mosaics you may find this easier to install, as they normally come with a mesh backing to keep them in place when installing.

Grouting can be a challenging subject when choosing new tiles for your home. While it may be tempting to choose a contrasting grout color, we recommend playing it safe and matching the tile color to the grout, especially for DIY projects. 

Depending on the finish, pattern, and color of the tile, it could go out of trend quicker than the shape of the tile itself. Therefore it’s important to absolutely love the tile you’re using! That way changing trends won’t matter.

Ways to make this trend last in your home

Subway tiles can last many years – even a lifetime! – if chosen and installed correctly.

If you’re looking for a permanent tile for many years, opt for a neutral style and color. Alternatively – be bold and brave with a statement color and texture. Bold colors like matte black will make a huge impact. Similarly, mother of pearl style tiles creates an elegant and unexpected look.

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