Subway tile captured America’s interest when it was introduced in subway stations in New York City in the early 1900s. The tile adorned the walls of the Big Apple’s subways and soon became a beloved material in homes across the country. Today, you see subway tile used in a variety of rooms and ways to add an aesthetic oomph to the room it occupies.
Subway tile is typically made out of ceramic and comes in 3-inch by 6-inch tiles, but there are plenty of options when it comes to sizing, color, texture, and material. Here, we take a look at a few of the ways subway tile is used the most so you can gain some inspiration for your next home remodeling project.
Subway tile is as functional as it is beautiful, especially when used to create a backsplash. Backsplashes are located behind sinks to protect the wall from water that could damage it, hence the name backsplash. Today, these areas aren’t just used to protect walls; they’re used to create beautiful backgrounds and colorful touches in kitchens.
Subway tile isn’t limited to behind the kitchen sink, and many use it for large sections of walls due to its attractive and easy-to-clean nature. It often provides a nice contrast with countertop materials. There are so many choices with subway tile that you can choose unique colors and textures to create a nice wall with cool colors or create a sense of comfort with warm-colored tiles.
Subway tile looks especially good in bathroom backsplashes. From the classic white tiles to those that have gorgeous textures and unthought-of colors, your bathroom will gain a boost when using subway tile behind the sink, toilet, or mirror.
Bathroom walls aren’t immune to the possibilities of subway tile, as this tile offers a slew of different options to bring your dream bathroom to life. Darker tile in blues and grays can help to give off neutral or cool atmospheres to fit in with fixtures, paint, and other materials used in your bathroom.
As An Accent
The options are truly limitless with subway tile, as it can be used to accent particular areas of your home, especially in the bathroom. Take the above image, for example. This homeowner has subway tile around the bathtub’s edge that both looks fantastic and protects the outside of the tub from water damage. If you can dream it, you can probably find a way to implement subway tile into your home that creates a unique look and sets your home apart from others.