The subway tile: it’s timeless, it’s classic, and buyers love it!  The problem is…every other bathroom seems to have it. So if you like the look of subway tile but are afraid of looking like everyone else in your neighborhood, don’t fret! Below are five ways to spice up the look of subway tile without sacrificing the timeless look that makes it so popular!

Bigger = Bolder

The standard subway tile measures 3″x6″ in size, but nowadays, there are a ton of options in larger sizes, especially 4″x8″. The larger size, paired with this crisp gray color, gives this feature wall contemporary appeal.


Be Brave With Unexpected Color

Not so into the whites and neutrals that are oh-so-popular in bathrooms these days? Subway tiles are available in all the colors of the rainbow so your bathroom can be just as colorful as you are!


Between the Lines – Gray Grout

Who says white subway tile requires a light grout line??!! Opt for a darker grout color, like this charcoal gray, to add some contrast and interest to your tile walls.


Herringbone = HOT







Herringbone is a timeless pattern, but more often used with wood floors. This pattern is the perfect stylish solution for a kitchen backsplash or shower wall.


Stacks and Stacks

In lieu of the traditional “offset brick” pattern, opt for what is called a “straight set”. A great installation technique for any contemporary or modern space!


Turn It Up!

Literally an unexpected twist…installing the tiles vertically gives an otherwise traditional bathroom a very modern touch.












Images (top to bottom): image: RW Anderson Homes via Houzz, image: Renewal Design Build via Houzz, image: Miller and Wright Architects via Houzz, image:, image:, image: Design*Sponge)


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