Subway Tile Styles Ultimate Guide

Subway tile is a classic and versatile option for any home design. It’s been around for over a century, but its popularity has surged in recent years. Subway tile is a trendy yet timeless option for any space, and with so many styles to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your home. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular subway tile styles available today.

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Colored Subway Tile

While white subway tile is the classic choice, colored subway tiles are becoming more popular. You can find subway tiles in almost any color you can imagine, from muted pastels to bright and bold hues. Colored subway tiles can add a playful and fun element to any space

Glass Subway Tile

Looking to add a modern touch to your space? Consider glass subway tile! This style of subway tile is clean, fresh, and gives off a contemporary vibe that sets it apart from other subway tile styles. It’s available in a variety of cool colors like green and charcoal, as well as classic white.

While glass subway tile may be a bit more expensive than other options, the added cost is definitely worth it for the sleek and stylish look it provides. Plus, glass tile is easy to clean and maintain, making it a practical choice for high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms.


Handmade Subway Tile

Handmade subway tiles are unique and one-of-a-kind. They are made by skilled artisans who shape and glaze each tile by hand. The irregularities and variations in the tiles create a beautiful and organic look. Handmade subway tiles are available in a range of colors, textures, and finishes.

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Large Format Subway Tile

Large format subway tiles are a modern twist on the classic subway tile. They come in a variety of sizes, including 4×8, 4×12, and even 6×12. Large format subway tiles can create a bold and dramatic effect in a space.

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Mini Subway Tile Styles

Mini subway tile is taking the design world by storm! This miniature 2×4 tile format comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, making it the perfect choice for any home. While it may not be teeny-tiny, the smaller format still packs a big design punch and adds a dramatic touch to any space.

However, it’s worth noting that installing mini subway tile is a bit more time-consuming than installing regular 3×6 tile. But the end result is well worth the extra effort. Mini subway tile is a versatile option that can be used for a variety of applications, from kitchen backsplashes to bathroom walls.


Marble Subway Tile

If you’re looking to add a touch of class to your home, consider a marble subway tile backsplash. The elegant beauty of marble combined with the classic look of subway tile creates a timeless aesthetic that is sure to impress.

This particular Greecian marble subway tile is a steal at only $5.99 per square foot. The affordable price point makes it an attractive option for anyone looking to upgrade their kitchen or bathroom without breaking the bank.


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10 Best Backsplash Tile Choices For Your Home

Backsplash tile is my favorite of all renovation materials! As a renovation lover, that’s saying a lot, but it’s true! Backsplash tile or wall tile is one of those things that can completely transform your space. Switching out a backsplash can change the whole vibe of your room as well, without touching the larger things like cabinets, countertops or bathroom vanities. It’s useful as well as aesthetic, making it a great investment in your home. We’re going to cover our top 10 best backsplash tile choices for the year. Get ready to find a new favorite!

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1. Brick Tile


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Brick backsplash tile and wall tile has been on the rise since early 2016, but it’s only growing in popularity. This is hands down my favorite new backsplash tile. In the past, it was hard to get this product as a tile. Now, this high quality porcelain comes in a white, taupe, and red brick. It can work with a modern, rustic, industrial, farmhouse or cottage style space with ease!

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2. Wood Look Tile


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Wood look tile is not always something that people think of when deciding on a backsplash tile. But that doesn’t mean it’s not an awesome choice! This large format tile gives a very rustic look and adds something really special to your home. It also looks great in bathrooms or as a shower surround!

3. Herringbone

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Herringbone is one of the hottest patterns out right now. You can do a herringbone with brick, subway tile or you can buy a mesh back tile that already has the herringbone pattern like this one above!

4. Pennies

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Pennies are a great backsplash tile choice for your kitchen or bathroom. It is very simple but can add an understated elegance that will give your space a subtle pop. We carry bright white with a glossy finish, a black glossy, or a matte white. Pennies can look vintage or modern depending on the other pieces in the room.

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5. Hexagon

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Hexagon tile is one of my favorite tile options! This shape is very very popular, not only for backsplash tile, but for flooring as well. There are so many different materials, such as a simple white ceramic or marble hexagon tile, or this tile above with multiple finishes and colors. It’s always a stunning choice that won’t soon go out of style.

6. Colored Subway Tile

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Colored subway tile is a great twist on a classic backsplash tile. The arctic ice above is a lovely choice, as well as the morning fog or charcoal glass. It adds a great pop of color and freshness to your space without being too overpowering.

7. Arabesque Tile

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Arabesque tile is still on the rise, and I am thrilled! I love this tile and it’s beautiful shape. It adds a very feminine and elegant feel to your kitchen or bathroom. However, you may want to work with a professional on the installation, because it’s not so easy for a beginner to DIY.

8. 1×1 Glass Mosaic

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Glass mosaics have been popular for a while, but the 1×1 is really on the top of the list this year. It adds so much visual interest and variation. It’s pretty easy to install and it comes in so many different color combinations and finishes that you’re sure to find the right one for your home.

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9. White Subway Tile with Dark Grout


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White subway tile has never really gone out of style. It always has been, and always will be, a classic design staple. My favorite variation on this look is to add a dark grout instead of the traditional white. While it doesn’t quite cover all the little imperfections that a white grout would, it makes the backsplash tile really pop and gives it a very vintage and nostalgic look. This can also work in a modern space.

10. Ledger Panels

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Ledger panels, or ledge stone, is another tile choice that is not always the first thing you might think of for your kitchen. I really love ledge stone because it gives it a very craftsman or rustic look, while still remaining classy and elegant. It comes in so many different colors that you can easily match your cabinets no matter what their finish might be.

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Mesh-Back-Tile-FeaturedBacksplash-Tile-Featured-ImageWhile there are soooo many more backsplash tile options, these 10 sure steal the show for me this year! What’s your favorite look for backsplash tile? Let us know in the comments below!

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