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Subway tiles

Stuart McIntyre

I love subway tiles. Always have, always will. Classic, inexpensive and graphic (and can be made even more graphic with contrasting grout colour). I thought I'd do a post today on what has to be my favourite type of tile. I have one another favourite that is a close second but I'll save that for Sunday. 

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Reader Comments (13)

Images 7, 15, 17,18 and 19 have everything to do with me.
I love to use these tiles in my projects.
Fabulous post, as always.
Have a nice weekend.

21 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTereza

Before I had ever heard of subway tiles I laid rectangular floor quarry tiles as a bath surround to match the bare brick walls in my Soho loft, and I loved it! Now I have the real thing (white, glazed) in the bathroom and have just tiled the laundry splashback too. When it's right, I don't change!

21 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTricia Rose

I love the look of Subway tiles too. Especially ones with texture, like a split face travertine tile.

21 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen Brodeur

LOVE the Incorporated one. Makes the room look massive.


21 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

Love these - and this post is aptly timed as we're currently picking out subway tiles for a bathroom renovation ...

22 Sep 2012 | Unregistered Commentersiobhan

Love these! Especially in white, especially in the kitchen, looks so clean and simple. Beautiful!

22 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNomadic D

Wow, what a beautiful type of green. Black ones look great too.

great collection...thanks.

22 Sep 2012 | Unregistered Commentercabbagerose

I like them with a twist -- deep beveled edges, gigantic or long and thin, a smoking color, used in an unexpected way. But they can be so dull, when used as the stolid, traditional choice! For me, it's lantern tile. Eternal. They call back to a period past and are unique enough to modernize for the future.

22 Sep 2012 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

I love them too! We have white bevel-edge ones as our kitchen splashback with a dark grey grout, awesome. We're planning our bathroom at the moment and I'm thinking we might need to have some in there too...

I like it although it becomes all a bit too much when the tiles go up to the ceiling. A panel is much nicer.

23 Sep 2012 | Unregistered Commenterthecitygourmand

We've been obsessing about subway tiles for our new house. Awesome post!

23 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Rae Ehlers

I fully appreciate this post on subway tiles - love them.

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