7 Times Subway Tile Looked Anything but Boring

7 Times Subway Tile Looked Anything but Boring

Nancy Mitchell
Nov 22, 2015
(Image credit: The Hunted Interior)

Subway tile is hugely popular right now, and it's popular for a reason: it's a classic style, it looks good in all kinds of interiors, and it's cheap. But every once in a while I hear people say that they're a little bored with subway tile. Please no more subway tile, they'll say. Anything but that. If you fall into that camp, take a gander at these seven examples. Here you'll find proof that with a few tweaks, subway tile can be anything but boring.

Above: This bathroom from The Hunted Interior mixes black and white subway tile to create a border that adds just the right amount of kick to a traditionally-styled bathroom.

Unlike other, more exciting, tiles subway tile just comes in plain old rectangles — but this simple shape means it can be arranged in a huge variety of ways. The brick pattern or running bond is the most common, but there are plenty of other options, like this stacked arrangement seen on Dustjacket Attic.

In this interior from Superette, another unusual pattern is enhanced by dark grey grout.

Although we usually think of subway tile as white, it also comes in colors, like black, which is especially striking. Image from Wrightson Stewart, via Desire to Inspire.

Another interesting option is beveled subway tile, which has the same classic look with a bit more texture. Image from Royal Roulotte.

(Image credit: Royal Roulotte)

Also from Royal Roulotte is this bathroom with beveled subway tile in a stacked pattern — a twist on a twist.

(Image credit: Home Adore)

And finally, from Home Adore, colored beveled subway tile — specifically, pink subway tile. It's a look that's at once classic and a little unexpected, and I can't get enough.

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