Unique Alternatives to White Subway Tile



Date Posted: 01/27/2021


Classic white subway tile began in the New York City subway in the early 1900s and lined the walls of public transportation hubs. Epitomizing cleanliness, the rectangular white high-gloss ceramic tiles soon found their way into residential spaces, especially in kitchens and bathrooms.


Subway tiles can be installed horizontally, vertically, or in a herringbone pattern and are available in materials like marble, travertine, and glass. Subway tile gives residential and commercial spaces a look that’s classically universal. 


Many don’t think about the trend in more imaginative and unique ways. If you’re a homeowner, business owner, or interior designer,  exploring other alternatives to white subway tile can enable you to create a space that stands apart from traditional subway tiling.


Think Texture

Adding texture to a white subway tile is a simple way to make an effortless statement.



Credit: Soho Studio Corp

Change Direction

Instead of installing subway tile horizontally, change directions and go vertically or diagonally. You can even create a chevron or herringbone pattern.


Credit: Anthology Tile

Color is Key

Opt-out of the classic white trend and add a pop of color to your space. Subway tile comes in a vast variety of hues to complement your style.

 Credit: MSI Surfaces

Dimension & Shape

Give your wall or backsplash a little more dimension with a 3D look or try a hexagon, diamond, or triangle shape for a creative take on the classic tile trend.


Credit: Soho Studio Corp



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