- by R Kimberly
Modern bathrooms subway tiles are a term that may leave some wondering. What exactly is a subway tile? If you live or have ever lived in a large city, chances are you have taken a subway or El Train to your daily destination. Upon entering the station, you will see a hustle and bustle of city goers while hearing the clattering of incoming trains. Underground train stations have a consistent feeling of olden tradition set with the scent of wet concrete. In the early 1900s, it was decided to use tiling in the stations for both atmospheric and aesthetic purposes.
The mainstream tile style was a 3×6 white tile that was set in a brick formation. The grout lines were kept to a minimum for durability and cleanliness standards. in today’s modern time, the subway stations still proudly display their tile work as well as lend the concept to homeowners and designers. The style became popular in design as apartments and homes soon adapted their bathrooms and kitchens to subway tiling. Innovative design has integrated subway tiling with a modern trend. The tiles dimensions are often found as 4×8 and even 6×12. Color has been added to the concept to offer a unique style. Below we have twenty inspirational examples of subway tiling. Take a look at each one and you will see how this design can be introduced into your home.
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In this design, we see a trio of concepts. The subway tiling on the wall is set with a dual tone and perfectly matched with a designer floor tile that unifies the style.
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This subway tiling is contrasted with a deeper tone. The fine line grouting holds true to tradition in this bathroom redesign.
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In this city meets country look, we have an airy space surrounded by a softened sage. The tiling is gradual and a bright addition to the design.
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A sleek style is a sharp white subway tiling and a delicately designed flooring option. The seamless shower highlights the white tile with the use of natural lighting.
A modern city setting is presented in this elaborate design. The subway tile is cleverly paired with a woven high gloss flooring that harmonizes the chic shower layout.
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A subway tile tub surround is layered with a smoky tiling and marble counter tops. The completed design is trendy and representative of the style.
This design offers a consistent view of subway tiling. The genuine style is traditional and breezy with rustic and modern accents.
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Innovative integration of subway tiling and contemporary color cues is this upscale bathroom design. The room is balanced and updated for a trendy view.
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Black and white is classically styled with an Aztec touch. The tiling shown here is refreshed and a vindicated style.
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This subway tiling serves as a backdrop to a contemporary style bathtub. The setting is elegantly placed with a contrasting and creative flooring option.
This luxurious bathroom is styled with grace and design. The true city appeal offers a grand makeover that is thoughtful and precise.
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You will feel at home in this expertly styled space. The colorful expressions are well paired with subway tiling and a shabby chic appeal.
This cozy bathroom is a clean white with light decorative touches. The space holds a sense of harmony in both color and texture.
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This illustrative use of subway tile is finessed with trendy lighting and wooden touches. The style is seamless in intricacy.
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retro modern designs are making their way to the top of the style list. The honest collaboration shown here is well stated.
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We love the high style this room holds. The designer touches and balanced hues make this a refreshing example of modern day subway tiling.
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Geometric qualities are well met in this chic design. The tones are crisp and the surrounding is both light and airy. The use of tiling and accents lend a true appeal to the space.
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Its all in the details! The tones set in this space are complemented with just the right amount of decorative prose to finalize a winning style.
The creativity displayed in this style, is both trendy and charming. The pop of color is added to harmonize the wooden features and detailed tiling.
We have seen many concepts of subway tiling. Traditional designs are trendy and classic. The modern touches and tones are added to refresh the look and appeal of a true tradition. Gradual color and accents are set within the space to create as elaborate or simplistic of a design you may choose. In the city, you will find apartments and homes that have brought the world of design to them without having to travel. The artistically open concept is designed to deliver a personal space that is representative of your own personality.
When you are ready to redesign your bathroom space or update its existing structure, you will want to consider the ease of subway tiling. The charming and collaborative design is a smart choice for your bathroom. The brilliance of your style will put a skip in your bathrooms step. You will be refreshed in your daily routine allowing for the needed deep breath at the end of the day. As always, make it your own space. There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to style. Only the true sense of self that results throughout your design.