Add some Style to Subway Tile

Hey Modern Nesters

I hope you enjoyed my poetic title to my blog and it rhymes too! Today we are going to talk about subway tile.

The first images that come to mind when I think of subway tile is a Brew Pub or a Starbucks knock off.  It is used a lot and mostly because it is a very affordable option, usually a few dollars a square foot. 

I am going to be honest, subway tile is not my favorite tile but it is an affordable option and there are ways to take this overused material and make it unique, special and thoughtful.  

You can play with the placement of the subway tiles to create interest.

THIS LOOK IS ACHIEVED    WITH SIMPLE SUBWAY TILE,    4X4’S AND A LINER

THIS LOOK IS ACHIEVED

WITH SIMPLE SUBWAY TILE,

4X4’S AND A LINER

Or if you are more adventurous, you can play with the color of the grout

Blue is a bit adventurous but a    darker grout can add some life

Blue is a bit adventurous but a

darker grout can add some life

Subway tile does not need to be white. This tile staggered in thirds, not in halves.  Also, peppering in additional colors, brings more life to the pattern

The traditional subway tile found at Home Depot and the like is usually 2” x 4”.  A way to bring something fresh to this shape is the play with proportions.  This example is 2” x 15”.  It feels more modern and the texture on the tile adds depth.

rEALLY MODERN ELONGATED SHAPE

rEALLY MODERN ELONGATED SHAPE

On a recent project, I played with different sizes and added some deco tiles into the mix to add interest. Laying out these patterns is time consuming but worth it

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My suggestion is to personalize your space and have some fun with it. Hope you saw subway tile in a new light.

Until next time Modern Nesters, Michael sighing off.