In the early 1900’s, tile made its’ debut on the walls of New York City train stations, as they were seen not only as durable, but also easy to maintain, stain resistant and light reflective. Subway tiles soon became used in the kitchens and bathrooms of prewar homes. Over 100 years later and subway tile is continuously being used in homes today, proving that tile never goes out of style.
While there are a plethora of colors and finishes to select from when picking tiling for the walls in your home, a white, glossy tile has always been the go-to when looking to create a traditional atmosphere to your kitchen or bathroom.
Subway tile is more often than not incorporated in kitchen design, and are popular to create a backsplash for your home appliances. Bold tiles bring an edgy vibe to your space, such as a singular, bright hue, or an assortment of colors used in the backsplash. For a simple, neutral look, white, cream or grey are all widely used in the kitchen.
When used in bathrooms, subway tile has the versatility to be a bit more unique. Vertical or horizontal tiles can be used on an entire wall, the upper or lower half of the bathroom walls, inside of the shower, or to encase a built-in bathtub.
What room would you use subway tile in, and in what manner?