10 Essential Considerations While Choosing the Perfect Subway Tile Col
10 Essential Considerations While Choosing the Perfect Subway Tile Color and Pattern

10 Essential Considerations While Choosing the Perfect Subway Tile Color and Pattern

Introduction

The subway tile pattern is back! The Retro tile pattern is ruling the home decor market today with a modern touch. Style-conscious homeowners like you try creative ways to beautify every corner of your home. Subway patterns are preferred for an impressive elegance. Are you planning a home renovation soon? Let’s help you to shop for the best subway tile.

 

Neutral color subway tile for a harmony Beige Modern 2X6 Faceted Beveled Subway - Metallic Glass Mosaic Tile - MTO0159
Neutral color subway tile for a harmony
Beige Modern 2X6 Faceted Beveled Subway - Metallic Glass Mosaic Tile - MTO0159

The tile pattern has seen a transformation while becoming a trend- from Mid-Century subway stations in New York to modern-day home decor preference. In this article, let's reveal some essential things that help you choose the perfect subway tiles for your homes.

Considerations While Choosing Subway Tile Color and Pattern

1. Complement The Interior Decor

Subway tile patterns in a neutral color like beige helps you implement glorious interior decor ideas. Ensure you keep almost every decorative element in the space in neutral hues. The image above shows a beige subway tile installation below the countertop. Notably, the furnishing, paint on the wall, the lights, and the storage arrangement on the wall are also in neutral shades.

2. Creating Themes with Subway Tiles

Modern, style-conscious homeowners love to dream of and execute their own interior design themes for various parts of their homes. As shown in the image, the subway tile backsplash features a subway wave pattern in a pleasing blue color. This unusual kind of pattern with similar shades for kitchen cabinetry will create a unique visual interest. 

 

Wave subway tile pattern for a unique theme Blue Modern 6X12 Subway Wave - Molded Glass Mosaic Tile - MTO0522
Wave subway tile pattern for a unique theme
Blue Modern 6X12 Subway Wave - Molded Glass Mosaic Tile - MTO0522

3. A Contrast To Stand Out

 

Have you tried stacked rectangular subway tiles in gray and black colors? Consider wall tile that creates contrast with the other features of the room. The kitchen backsplash made by installing tiles in horizontal orientation without an offset creates an impressive style statement.

 

Subway tile in dark color for an appealing contrast Gray Black Modern 3X12 Subway - Ceramic Tile MTOE0042
Subway tile in dark color for an appealing contrast
Gray Black Modern 3X12 Subway - Ceramic Tile MTOE0042

The accent of the horizontally placed layout will create a pleasant aesthetic appeal for sure. The ceramic tile material lasts longer to keep the beauty unchanged for years ahead.

4. Geometric Creativity Using Subway Tile Patterns

Subway tile patterns inspired by subway stations in New York City can be manipulated to showcase a different dash of visual appeal. A 45-degree tilt, Diagonal installation, and many other creative installation layouts can change the way your walls and floors look.

Here are some ideas to use the subway tile pattern innovatively:

i) 90-Degree Tilt for Vertical Subway Execution

Installing subway tiles vertically is a magnificent idea to add elegance to almost any surface. Metallic glossy finish glass mosaic tiles in a subway pattern mix and match glamorously with pencil tile borders and hexagon tiles. (Refer to the image below).

 

Vertically aligned subway tiles mixed with pencil and hexagon patterns -  MTO0329
Vertically aligned subway tiles mixed with pencil and hexagon patterns -  MTO0329

 

Try mixing vertical subway tiles in different colors for kitchen backsplashes and bathroom walls. Installing subway pattern tiles vertically by tilting at a 90-degree angle is a great option to bring a unique appeal.

ii) Herringbone Pattern

Though herringbone is a dedicated tile pattern in our range, installing subway tile in this pattern is practical. The image below is an example of herringbone pattern tile installation. A 45-degree tilt to join the tiles plays the magic in this design idea.

 

Herringbone pattern to enhance the visual appeal
Herringbone pattern to enhance the visual appeal

iii) Basket Weave Pattern for a Unique Accent

Executing a basket weave tile pattern is also possible by adopting the necessary tile placement. Subway tiles, when arranged vertically and horizontally to match edges alternately, will create this tile pattern. Choose the size of subway tiles wisely to maintain a uniform gap between the tiles.

iv) Diagonal Herringbone Pattern

You can also implement a diagonal herringbone pattern with subway tiles. The tiled surface looks stunning as you place the tiles differently. Better you hire a professional tiling contractor for this installation.

v) Brick Pattern

The timeless metropolitan look by implementing the brick pattern is loved by most homeowners. Brick pattern brings a sleek and elegant look to your shower wall or any other surface in almost any part of your home.

 

Brick pattern for an excellent shower niche visual
Brick pattern for an excellent shower niche visual

 

While tiling wet areas, please consider a durable tile material that can last longer when in contact with water. Glass mosaic tiles, porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, natural stone tiles, and river rock tiles are some of the recommended tile materials for wet areas.

vi) Elongated Hexagon Subway Pattern

Installing elongated hexagon tiles in a neutral gray color in a subway pattern adds a rare sense of elegance to your living space. The large tiles with a proper bond through harmonious grout adds glamour to your walls.

 

Innovative implementation of elongated hexagon pattern subway tiles
Innovative implementation of elongated hexagon pattern subway tiles

 

5. Grouting To Add Spice

 

The grout color forming the grout lines is a significant consideration while choosing the color of subway tiles for your next renovation project. Grout lines with a similar grout color bring a uniform look to the surface. While a contrasting color of grout will create eye-catching borders, as shown in the figure below.
Choose the grout wisely to leave a remarkable visualization - MTO0348
Choose the grout wisely to leave a remarkable visualization - MTO0348

 

6. Classic Subway Tile Pattern

Are you fond of a timeless classic style for your bathroom or shower enclosure? Choose subway tiles in marble mosaics with a combo of white and slightly gray hue would be awesome. Classic subway tile creates a vintage-kind visual appeal. You can use our filter for a traditional style in a subway tile pattern to browse through more such tile varieties.

 

Classic style in shower niche  White Classic 2X4 Pillowed Subway - Polished Carrara Marble Mosaic Tile - MTO0323
Classic style in shower niche 
White Classic 2X4 Pillowed Subway - Polished Carrara Marble Mosaic Tile - MTO0323

 

7. Touch of Modernity

Choose beveled, pillowed tile patterns in subway tile to achieve a modern aesthetic elegance for almost any interior surface. Subway tile patterns give you the freedom to adjust the tone per your design attributes. Beveled subway tiles in blue, brown, golden, and black colors add a touch of sophistication to your walls.

8. Offset To Add Glamour

Usually, the subway tile patterns offset half the breadth of tile in the adjacent row. You can change this by trying quarter the breadth or no offset at all. These unique offsets of classic subway tile help you alter the usual running bond. Pick the tile dimensions wisely and get the tiles installed by a professional tiling contractor for better durability.

9. White Rules The Hearts

All-white kitchens and bathrooms are a timeless trend. The image below shows an example. You can see a stylish blend of white subway tile, arabesque, and basket weave patterns in white colors. The white countertop, white kitchen cabinetry, and white sink make the installation look truly glamorous.

 

 

Mix and match white subway tile for an all-white kitchen White Classic 3X12 Subway - Glazed Ceramic Tile - MTO0257
Mix and match white subway tile for an all-white kitchen
White Classic 3X12 Subway - Glazed Ceramic Tile - MTO0257

 

10. Go Vibrant

Do you want your home to look energized and dynamic through the interior decor for a change? Use our subway tile patterns in vibrant colors, like red, gold, yellow, and turquoise. These tile colors glamourize any room bringing some glow and shine to your surfaces.

The Takeaway

The subway tile pattern is already trending, and the chaos will continue beyond the following year. This article covers some essential considerations and relevant subway tile design ideas. 

The various selection aspects explained in this article will help you shop for the most appropriate subway tiles per your style and design requirements. Restyle your home by shopping for subway tiles, to achieve the timeless appeal today!


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