May 16, 2019
Understated, classic and aesthetically pleasing, the humble subway tile has been a staple in kitchens and bathrooms since its debut in New York subways in the early 1900’s.
The subway tile was the brainchild of designers George C. Heins and Christopher Grant La Farge and 100 years on, you will find a variety of different subway tiles to suit your home décor.
It is traditionally white, simple, clean and surprisingly affordable, but there is more to the humble subway tile than meets the eye.
The Classic Subway Tile
The original white subway tile oozes timeless charm, giving you a classy 20th Century style without the “dated” look.
The definition of the subway tile has grown to include rectangular tiles with a length twice its height. However, the dimensions of the classic white subway tile measure 75mm x 150mm.
This humble tile is compatible with a lot of décors, as it is quite neutral, meaning you can effortlessly add subway tiles to your bathroom, kitchen, dining room or living area design.
Perhaps the best thing about subway tiles is the way they merge simplicity with versatility and style.
Subway tiles aren’t restricted to pure white or even just one colour; these coloured tiles can be used to add character and brighten up rooms.
With such a variety of colours, it makes sense to mix n’ match tiles to find your ideal design. Step out of your comfort zone with bright tones for a splash of colour or get that sought-after sophisticated look with more neutral tones.
If you’re feeling especially adventurous with your subway tiles, you can make the look even more unique with coloured grout to add a distinctive contrast.
While rectangular-shaped tiles such as subway tiles may lend themselves to the traditional horizontal asymmetrical pattern, it isn’t your only option.
Placing the tiles in a herringbone pattern can create a modern look that breaks from the norm.
In showers and bathrooms, subway tiles can also be used vertically to give the illusion of height.
Subway Tile Splashback
Subway tiles are also a popular choice for splashbacks, particularly as they evoke old world charm and thanks to their timeless aesthetic, won’t go out of date.
For those who appreciate easy-to-clean surfaces, especially in places like the kitchen where grease and grime are abundant, you will love the durability of subway tiles, which are water and stain resistant.
If you are looking for some added texture, you can also opt for an undulated finish on your subway tile splashback.
Myaree Ceramics – Perth’s Tile Specialist
If you’re considering subway tiles for your home, make sure you check out Myaree Ceramics’ vast selection of subway tiles! We stock everything from traditional staples to colourful modern pastels.
Alternatively, visit the Myaree Ceramics showroom today to view the full range of tiles available; from glass through to wood look tiles!