It wasn’t too long ago that I had a conversation with some property investors about subway tile. I was directed to not use subway tile as I was told it was too trendy and they’re sick of it. Well if you have followed my blog you will know that I am a huge fan of subway tile! There are huge in my book for 2 reasons:
- Subway tile is fairly inexpensive.
- In my personal opinion, they are timeless.
Subway Tile: History
Two designers, George C. Heins and Christopher Grant La Farge, were the two who created the 3″ X 6″ tile. This tile was used for the very first station in New York’s brand-new subway in the year 1904.
As you can imagine, the tile got its name due to it being used heavily in subway stations.
Subway tile seems to be a huge hit with some of the popular TV shows and their designs they present to us. Fixer Upper uses this tile a lot in their home makeovers.
While both of these images showcase 3″ X 6″ subway tile in a brick pattern, there are lots of options for laying subway tile.
Here are some great photos of different tile patterns:
I love the way they mixed up the direction in the shower!
All 3″ X 6″ subway tile yet still able to provide a feature for the stove.
Who says you have to just use white?
The traditional tiles are 3″ x 6″ however there are other sizes! In this kitchen below, I chose a 4″ X 16″ subway tile.
There is also oversized tile as well!
This kitchen/main floor renovation below is almost done (and yes, you are getting a sneak-peak). For this kitchen we used a subway tile that looks like each one was hand made. They are not quite 3″ X 6″ because every one is a different size (to some extent). I’ll make sure my photographer gets some great close-up shots! GORGEOUS!
Design by Sheri Bruneau (that’s me)
Subway Tile: It is Not Boring
Oh my….I have had a blast searching up different images and I haven’t even begun to touch just how many different variations there are of subway tile. Not to mention the grout colour you can use! Here is the main reason why I am so drawn to subway tile: trends come and go (and yes – trends will go), yet subway tile never is dated. You would never walk into a home, see subway tile and say, “Oh, this home was renovated in 1996.” You don’t really know when the subway tile was installed because it’s been around forever! See – timeless! You may walk into a home and see the following: Dark (pink beige undertone) Travertine tile, yellow/gold granite countertops, dark oak stained cabinets throughout. Are you getting a visual? I walk into a home like this and I know it was decorated and built in the brown, Tuscan trend. Guess what? That trend is L-O-N-G gone!
Can you guess how I feel about subway tile? It is always an option that I look at when working in a kitchen or a bathroom due to availability, the creative way you can have it installed and of course, the price point.