What are subway tiles?

Subway Tile

You can spot a subway tile by its rectangular design. It’s very often flat with a smooth surface and straight edges. Its frequent use in subway stations in NYC gave the tile its name but its clean and timeless appearance is the driving force for its popularity.

Subway tiles are one of the most versatile tiles you could use in your Brunswick County home. Let us share why.

So Many Sizes of Subway Tiles

Subway tiles now come in so many sizes that you are almost guaranteed to be able to find an option that works for your project. Today, you can find pretty easily the following sizes but with a little research, you’ll find even more.

3″ x 6″: The traditional and iconic size, often referred to as the “classic” subway tile.

2″ x 4″: Smaller subway tiles, which can create a more intricate and detailed look.

4″ x 8″: A larger option, offering a more modern and spacious appearance.

2″ x 8″: These longer tiles can create a unique elongated subway tile pattern.

3″ x 12″: These larger tiles are often used for a more contemporary take on subway tile design.

4″ x 12″: A larger size that combines the classic subway tile shape with a more modern feel.

4″ x 16″ or 6″ x 18″: Even larger sizes for those who want a bold and distinctive look.

Add Creativity With The Patterns for Subway Tiles

This popular tile is even more loved by designers due to the creativity these tiles allow for during installation simply by changing the layout pattern. You’ll see designers request installation in any of the following subway tile layout patterns:

Brick: This is the most common and classic subway tile pattern. Tiles are laid in an offset pattern, where each row is staggered by half the width of the tile. This creates a brick-like appearance.

Stacked: In this pattern, the subway tiles are installed in a straight, vertical alignment without any staggering. This creates a modern and minimalistic appearance.

Vertical Stack: Similar to the Stacked pattern, the tiles are stacked vertically in this layout. This can give the appearance of higher ceilings and is an interesting twist on the traditional horizontal subway tile pattern.

Herringbone: Herringbone is a pattern where the subway tiles are arranged in a V-shaped or chevron pattern. This design adds a sense of movement to a space. However, it can be a bit more challenging to install due to the precision required.

Basketweave: In a basketweave pattern, pairs of tiles are set at 90-degree angles to create a woven, checkerboard effect. This pattern can be visually striking and is often used in bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes.

Subway Tile with Accent: To add visual interest, some subway tile layouts incorporate accent tiles. This could be a different color or shape of tile that is interspersed among the subway tiles, creating a focal point within the pattern.

Diagonal: Subway tiles can also be set at a diagonal angle to create a diamond-shaped pattern. This layout adds a unique and dynamic look to the space.

Benefits of Subway Tiles

Beyond their versatility and having a classic and timeless look, there are a number of other advantages of using subway tiles.

Brighten A Space: The glossy surface of many subway tiles reflects light, which can make a space appear brighter and more open. This can be especially advantageous in small or dark rooms.

Easy to Clean: Subway tiles are typically easy to clean and maintain. Their smooth surface and resistance to moisture make them a practical choice for areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Durable: Subway tiles, especially those made from porcelain, are durable and long-lasting. They can withstand everyday wear and tear and are resistant to stains and fading.

Cost-Effective: Subway tiles are often an affordable option, making them a budget-friendly choice for home improvement and renovation projects.

Resale Value: Their classic appeal and durability can enhance the resale value of your home, as they are likely to be attractive to potential buyers.

Easy Installation: Due to their simple, uniform shape, subway tiles are relatively easy to install with the exception of a couple of the more intricate layout patterns, which can save on installation costs and time.

Ready to schedule a Subway Tile Consultation?

Since subway tiles come in a wide range of colors and can also be found in different materials, you can quickly become overwhelmed but don’t have to be!  Whether you’re renovating your kitchen or bathroom, our Tile Design Specialist, Lauren Suggs can help you narrow your selections. Her keen eye for style and knowledge of the installation process will help you explore the endless options of subway tiles so you can make an informed decision.

Stop by today or call ahead at 910.754.5500 to schedule a 1:1 subway tile consultation to chat about your project!

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