Today, subway tiles are most commonly used in kitchens as an easy to clean backsplash but the original purpose of these tiles is quite interesting. As you can guess the name of these small rectangular tiles is a huge hint to where they began.
Underground in the New York subways these smooth tiles were an artistic and functional material used to line the walls of the tunnels. Glass mosaics were then incorporated into the brick like tiles to serve as a showcase for the alluring artistry of that time. Over time the look of the subway tile turned into a desired design feature that many incorporate into their homes. While the most popular location for these tiles is in the kitchen there are many other ways to use this tile.
Traditional Tile Backsplash
Bright and shiny white rectangular tiles are installed as a kitchen backsplash. The smooth surface is naturally stain and germ resistant which makes for an easy clean up.
Subway Tile brick Wall
Subway tiles are reminiscent of brick walls and can be used to achieve a similar appearance. There are even some tiles that are coloured and textured to look like brick so that they can be used instead and only cost a small fraction of what real brick would cost.
Subway Tile Bathroom
Every inch of wall is covered with subway tiles for an easy to clean bathroom. Grout will eventually need an update but the tiles will withstand wear for many years to come. If you are planning on installing tiles over an entire wall consider using a neutral style and colour that wont soon go out of style.
Fireplace Faced with Subway Tiles
A fireplace is resurfaced with very small green subway tiles. The smoothness of the tiles next to the dark stained wood trim creates a visually interesting fireplace. Its a relatively inexpensive and non-invasive update.
Subway Tile Headboard
Individually wrapped leather tiles are installed on a bedframe for an interesting and masculine headboard. While these tiles are not made from traditional materials they still achieve the appearance of a subway tile.