What are your thoughts on subway tile?
Are you tiring of this trend or do you consider subway tiles a classic?
The early 20th century style subway tiles have been around a long time and have had a resurgence in popularity, since the beginning of the 21 century. The subway tile first showed up in the New York subway system in 1904. It was a natural choice for the subterranean space, because of the bright white color and high glass surface which was not only durable, but also stain resistant. A great article on the history of subway tiles can be found here.
Here are some examples of great looking subway tiles used in a variety of ways. As you know there are many available options of materials, colors and sizes.
Subway tiles aren't just plain white glossy tiles anymore. Now available in great colors, glass, marble,etc. The edges are straight edges, beveled or hand finished. The look can vary when white grout or dark grout is used to install.
They can be used as a backsplash, or fill an entire wall. The options are endless. How do you go about choosing the right tile for your project? For a great article from This Old House on the differences in the high end subways and their cheaper counterparts click here.
Here are some of my favorite that I have used on projects:
Michael S Smith for the Ann Sacks Collection, comes in many colors
and has a great looking beveled edge that adds dimension to the wall.
Grove Brickworks by Waterworks has a great pitted looking surface which
reads as an aged looking tile when installed
Rittenhouse Square Subway tile by Dal-tile, very cost effective
when you want the look at a great price. Comes in lots of colors
and has great accent tiles to coordinate.
Ann Sacks Statuary Classic 3" x 6", this is a way to get the marble
look in your kitchen without having it on your countertops for
those marble lovers who are afraid of dealing with marble on the counter.
In my personal opinion, I think subway tiles are here to stay in some form or fashion. The colors and materials may change but I think the shape will remain an option for a long time. It has already withstood the test of time in the mere fact it is still being produced. Do You agree? Would love to hear your opinions! What have you used? What are your favorites?
What are you tired of seeing? I really want to know!
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