A New Take on Standard Subway Tile

A New Take on Standard Subway Tile on the Interior Collective

Image: Sarah Richardson

We’ve seen subway tile used extensively in all styles of kitchens and bathrooms across the globe. Its ability to fit seamlessly into interiors both traditional and modern, elegant and casual, industrial and country, adds to its timeless and much loved sensibility. But even the best designs need a little shaking up every now and then. Here are a few simple and equally timeless ways, like the herringbone design above, to change up this classic design element.

Straight Set

A New Take on Standard Subway Tile on the Interior CollectiveImage: Better Homes and Gardens

Opposed to offset which creates the standard brick pattern, straightest tiles are perfectly lined up like the cells on an Excel spreadsheet. Try this out for a sleeker, and more modern affect.

Set Vertically

A New Take on Standard Subway Tile on the Interior CollectiveImage: Hanna’s Room

Laying your subway tiles vertical instead of horizontal is a simple alternative that is works if you’re looking for a subtle change to the old standard. This can also help elongate your space, especially when you have a large empty wall. This works equally well as straight set tile or in a brick pattern.

Add Some Contrast

A New Take on Standard Subway Tile on the Interior CollectiveImage: La Dolce Vita

Why not spice things up by incorporating contrasting tiles? This contrast can come by way of a new color or size of tile placed in line with the standard white rectangles.

Elongated Hexagons

A New Take on Standard Subway Tile on the Interior CollectiveImage: One Designer’s Future Home

I love a good hex tile and this one is “stretched” making it an awesome alternative to subway tile, with just a little more dimension. Using a color other than white also helps to make the look your own.

What are some of your favorite subway tile looks?

2 Comments

  1. Where did you source the elongated hexagon tile from?

  2. Where can you get that tile? I love it!

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Brittany Stiles
Brittany is an interior designer and stylist constantly searching for creativity and inspiration in the world around her. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she finds plenty of both. Her interior design studio services a variety of clients throughout California seeking her simple and collected aesthetic. Brittany believes that a house becomes a home when it is beautiful, comfortable and, most importantly, reflects the personality of the people who live inside.