Seven Ways You Never Thought To Use Subway Tile

Get the scoop on the unexpected subway tile designs that are inspiring us right now.

Photography by JOHANNA PILFALK

While there's nothing seemingly new or revolutionary about using subway tile in the kitchen, we're loving the gridded take on the trend, as seen here. Extending the square tiles up along the length of the wall not only creates the illusion of a taller space, but also instills a monochromatic backdrop on which you can build with color.  

Photography by ANDREA PAPINI

Subway tile in the dining room? Count us in. We're all for ditching the wall paint in lieu of this clever alternative. 


Tiles are hardly ever earmarked for the fireplace, but this intricate display surely makes quite the case for it. 

Photography by THE BEETLE SHACK

A subway tile-wrapped island comes with a butcher's block countertop, effortlessly complementing the laid-back Cali vibes of this light-filled kitchen. Think of it as a clever way to make use of leftover tiles from the backsplash. 

Photography by ELIJAH HOFFMAN

Caitlin Wilson's approach to the subway tile trend entails a rather untraditional layout, instilling a unique element of differentiation to the whitewashed decor scheme of this bath. 


For the open layout space, consider extending the tile to all corners of the room, in lieu of reserving it strictly for the kitchen. This Scandinavian eating nook benefits from the bold finish of the square tiles, which pair so effortlessly well with the warm wood accents. 


If we've learned anything it's that subway tiles and wooden accents make for the ideal pair, and this ultra chic shower is only further proof. We're seeking major inspo from this spot's ode to a herringbone layout. 

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Published on May 25, 2017 - 2:00pm EDT

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