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5 New Ways To Use Subway Tile

5 New Ways To Use Subway Tile

Jun 13th 2018

In our humble opinion, white subway tile will always be a classic. If, however, you love this look but want to freshen it up a bit we've got some ideas for you!

1. Change How You Install It

While the majority of subway tile is installed in the traditional offset pattern (shown below), there are tons of other patterns you could use.

Shown above: 3x6" Handmade Subway Tile in Julep Crackle

Herringbone is one of our favorites. It's a great way to add movement and interest to your backsplash.

Shown above: 3x6" Handmade Subway Tile in Light Gray & Satin Silver

Or, try installing your offset pattern vertically and make your space instantly look more modern.

Shown above: 3x6" Handmade Subway Tile in Julep Crackle

2. Add Decorative Tile

A great way to add interest to a subway tile is to mix it with decorative tile. Whether it's a niche over the oven range or a border in a shower surround, it doesn't take much decorative tile to make a big impact.

Shown above: 3x6" Handmade Subway Tile and Bloom Handmade Tile in Sky Blue Crackle

Shown above: Custom Two-Color & Single Color Hiser Handmade Tile Border & Niche in Slate Gray, Black Watercolor & Glossy White (call for pricing)

3. Try A Crackle Glaze

Being the tile nerds that we are, we've got a soft spot for crackle glazes and think they look really pretty on subway tile.

Shown above: 3x6" Handmade Subway Tile in Sky Blue Crackle (left) & Julep Crackle (right)

4. Mix Your Colors & Finishes

Why choose just one finish when you could pick three? Here we used similar color tones, but with three different finishes: a crackle, a satin, and a gloss. 

Shown above: 3x6" Handmade Subway Tile in FC Cream Crackle, Wheat & Cream

5. Dress It Up With Pearls

We just introduced Pearled Subway Tile, pairing our 3x6" handmade subway tile with Pearl Liner trim. We picked New Satin White and Glossy White here but Pearled Subway Tile is available in any two colors! Pearls aren't your thing? You could also use this idea with any pencil liner or small trim. The world's your oyster! 

Shown above: Pearled Handmade Subway Tile in New Satin White (on 3x6") and Glossy White (on Pearl Trim)

Feeling inspired to start your own kitchen or bathroom renovation? You can order samples here, or call us with questions- We love talking about tile!

Happy Tiling!