Sometimes the simplest things are the most important. One of my most basic go-tos is a subway tile. While it may not sound exciting, these rectangular tiles make a big impact. I love that I can adapt these tiles to any space or look. There is certainly a place for some fancy shapes and materials; hexagons, squares, and more! The simplicity of the lines coupled with timeless style, make them the perfect backdrop for kitchens and bathrooms alike.
I often prefer a hand-formed subway tile in a white crackle glaze -- matte in the bathroom and shiny in the kitchen. The great thing about subway tiles? Even if your wallet is a little tight, you can still get a great look. Another game changer is the grout color. Darker grout has a more of a dramatic effect, setting a contemporary tone, whereas as a lighter, neutral grout has a clean and simple effect.