Are you sick of subway tile yet? It’s easily one of the most popular surface tiles out there right now and for good reason: it’s stylish, classic, a perfect in-between for those who favor both modern and traditional, and it’s affordable.
But subway tile is highly versatile which means that designers are having some fun getting creative. Here are 7 ways to think outside the box (or line, if you will).
1 – GO BEVELED
Most of the subway tile you encounter is of the flat variety. But if you’re wanting to stick with the traditional look and placement, why not experiment with the depth? Beveled subway tile brings in a little extra French bistro flair. (See more here)
2 – LINEAR GOES ROGUE
Make those lines go some place interesting by experimenting with new ways to lay the tile. This could’ve been a fairly boring and straightforward shower, but that little abrupt jaunt to the right makes everything suddenly more interesting. (via)
3. TRY IT IN UNEXPECTED PLACES
Here’s a new one to me: subway tile used inside kitchen cabinetry (via). It’s a lovely and unexpected backdrop for contrasting dishes. Plus it’s another way to bring texture in a creative way.
4 – GLAM IT UP
Why not go for glam with a mirrored subway tile? If you love a little dash of something fabulous, mirrored subway tile could be a good fit. The traditional shaker style of the cabinetry keeps it grounded and not too contemporary. Plus the mirrored finish is perfect for any place where you might need a little more light to bounce around. (via)
5 – MAKE A COLOR STATEMENT
Get beyond the traditional white subway tile with a bold hue like this orange accent wall above. By keeping it contained to one wall, it doesn’t overwhelm the entire room, nor does it feel like it’s an orange kitchen, per se. White woodwork contrasts nicely and lends a cottage charm.
6 – DELINEATE YOUR SPACE
Mark off an area and make it pop with an accent wall from top to bottom. Subway tile laid in a basketweave pattern provides texture and a pretty backdrop to this all-white modern bathroom. I love the faucets mounted directly to the wall too. (via)
7 – GO DRAMATIC
I am obsessed with this black subway tile laid with black grout. Insanely chic, but also visually interesting against all the rustic wood and stone pieces. But it doesn’t go too dark or moody thanks to the contrasting white walls and hanging pendants over the dining table. A bold gamble, for sure, but one that definitely paid off. (via)
Are you over subway tile? Or are you still loving it? I admit, I’m still head over heels for it, but I’m definitely looking to push the envelope in some upcoming projects! Stay tuned.