Subway Tile

by J on December 17, 2010

If you’re looking for a tile that can be either vintage or retro, you can’t go wrong with subway tile. Subway tile is a versatile tile that works equally well for a kitchen backsplash or as a wall tile in the bathroom. And it adapts to any decorating style.

Subway tile shot to popularity after it first made its appearance in 1904 in the New York City Subway system. The crisp white 3 x 6 brick-shaped tiles became popular with homeowners for their fresh, trendy look and easy-care upkeep.

Today you can find subway tiles in a variety of colors and materials. This versatility makes them completely adaptable to whatever design style you favor. While the traditional white is always popular, you can also find subway tiles in black, blue, green and off-white, just to name a few colors.

And, you have a variety of materials to choose from as well. Look for subway tiles in natural stone, ceramic, glass and porcelain. If you’re remodeling your vintage kitchen, then you’ll probably favor the traditional white ceramic tiles for your home improvement. But, if you’re going for a modern, sleek look, perhaps you’ll want to consider a black, natural stone version of the subway tiles. Or, can you picture a bathroom remodeled in a beautiful blue tile with white accents? Your home improvement expert should be able to help you come up with a design plan that will set off your kitchen or bathroom to perfection.

If you’ve ever ridden a subway in the Big Apple, you know that interspersed among the white subway tiles are stunning mosaics and ceramic accent tiles, all works of art themselves. Today, many more modern artists have added their works of art to the subway system. You can see some of the works here at this subway art guide.

Drawing inspiration from the subway system, why not add some beautiful art tiles mixed in with your subway tiles too? If you want, you can actually purchase handmade mosaic tiles from the same tile that’s used in the subway. These beautiful, pricey tiles can be found online at the New York Transit Museum’s store.

Or, you can also find more budget-friendly options in one of your local tile stores or home improvement stores. While they may not be the actual tiles used in New York, you’ll still capture the spirit of the design. Contact a local general contractor to help you with the installation.

Overall, subway tile will give your kitchen or bathroom a touch of history with a modern twist. You’ll have a unique design that will last for years.

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