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5 Eye-Popping Ways to Do Subway Tile in the Kitchen

Posted by Daltile Team on Jul 13, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Ever-popular subway tile is a great addition to the kitchen. It works with just about any style from contemporary to rustic. And there are more options than ever before, especially if you’re the sort that likes tile with a bit of flair.

Here are five must-have subway tile designs for the kitchen that you’ll love!

Artigiano in Italian Alps and Tremiti Sand on the backsplash


You’re used to seeing white subway tile, but consider some color. A backsplash is the perfect place to put some colored subway tile in the kitchen. It’s a nice pop of color that doesn’t overwhelm the space.

Or try subway tile for a feature wall. Pick a color that can both be a nice backdrop and attract some attention. Grey-influenced colors like steel blue, sage or mustard make a statement but also play well with other colors and design elements.


Who says you have to stick to traditional high-gloss subway tile? Take a look at something a little different to achieve a kitchen design with unique detail. A wavy surface, beveled edge or an irregular handmade-look both have appeal that add a little something that defines your space as your own.

Texture on your tile brings depth to your design and makes the tile pop off the wall. It creates interest that makes your backsplash the visual center of the kitchen.


Don’t overlook the power of grout in your design. You can create a swanky high-contrast design or a smooth monochromatic feel all with just your grout. Just like subway tile, grout comes in many colors and finishes. You can even get metallic, glitter or glow-in-the-dark grout.

Read more about all the possibilities for grout with subway tile.

Rittenhouse Square in Architectural Gray and Almond on the feature wall/backsplash


Classic subway tile is 3 x 6 inch rectangle. But if you think outside the box, you can achieve the subway tile look with a very different tile.

Many rectangular tiles with a 1:2 proportion will work as a subway tile backsplash or feature wall. Try a 4 x 8 or even a 6 x 12 for a twist on subway tile that will set you apart.


Traditional subway tile can get a boost from being arranged in a different pattern than the brick joint pattern that you usually see. A herringbone or chevron pattern is a great idea to shake things up a bit. Try placing the tile vertically instead of horizontally. Or use two different color tiles to create stripes in your design.

Kitchen subway tile is a versatile option that can dress up your design—no matter what your style. Find the perfect subway tile for your design today!

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Topics: Kitchen Tile Ideas, Subway Tile

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