Somewhat mysteriously, one of the most common search terms that leads to this website is some variant on ‘subway tile.’ It’s not entirely surprising, as I have certainly commented about good tile before, but perhaps it’s time to give the people what they want…
Of course white subway tile is a perennial look for a bathroom, particularly one in an older house. The general pattern of a wainscot of tile, capped with some band of deco pieces, is predictable and timeless all at the same time. What makes me love the bath above, however, was that we used the basic 3x6 tiles in three different ways: up the walls, per usual, vertically in a band between the two blue glass strips; and in a herringbone pattern in the center rug area of the floor. Along with some white
Another installation of white subway tile and
In both of these cases, we went with straight-forward, affordable white tile. We didn’t worry about the fact that modern subway tile, at least the stuff that’s reasonable to purchase,
Recently I’ve been playing more with taking the general rectangle of the subway tile and tweaking it, either in scale, direction, or layout. A number of clients have settled on doing a staggered vertical pattern (the classic subway on its side) which I noticed for the first time on the set of House (happens to be in the morgue, full warning). I especially like this with large rectangles, as it can give some great verticality and height to an otherwise cramped space. Photos when installation is complete!