Subway Tiles: The New Classics

No longer plain white, today's subway tiles are showing their true colors and style sense.

  1. Heath


    Reminiscent of the Northern California art movement of the 1950s and 60s, these subway tiles are from the Ann Sacks Heath Collection.  Measuring 2" x 6" and shown in sea foam and meadow green colorations, the tiles are a beautiful example of today's hand-crafted ceramics. 

    Ann Sacks

  2. Sky Blue Glass

    Sky Blue Glass

    Add a dreamy sky blue color to the kitchen with these stain-resistant crystal clear glass subway tiles from the Subway Tile Outlet.  Tiles come in the standard subway size of 3" x 6" and are sold by the square foot with eight tiles mounted on an easy-to-install mesh backing. 

    Subway Tile Outlet

  3. Calacatta


    If you're looking for an alternative to Carrara marble—another white marble that's a little warmer and less grey—consider these Calacatta Gold polished tiles from Mosaic Tile Stone.  Available in 3" x 6", the tiles are true to form with their straight edge, subway look.


  4. Yellow Gold

    Yellow Gold

    A single wall decorated in subway tiles can add a dramatic focal point to a bath, particularly when they are colored bright yellow gold.  The white fixtures, ceiling and floor—and natural illumination from the dormer skylight—combine to give the wall its radiant glow.

    Renewal Design-Build

  5. Renaissance


    Renaissance, from Ann Sacks, draws its inspiration from classic 19th-century Georgian and Victorian design styles. Featuring a subway tile of 2" x 4" in ice grey gloss, this installation is accented with a 3" x 8" Egg & Dart border and a 1" x 8" beaded liner, both in elderberry. 

    Ann Sacks

  6. Red Lush

    Red Lush

    "Tomato" is the hue of these classic subway tiles by Lush. The color is kiln fired onto the back of 8mm thick clear glass tiles giving them their rich, deep—lush—look. The 3" x 6" tiles can be installed in any configuration, stacked or staggered in horizontal and vertical installations.


  7. Tumbled Stone

    Tumbled Stone

    These subway tiles, from Sonoma Tilemakers, are made of tumbled stone and combined in a random pattern of beige, taupe and brown.  Their beauty if further enhanced by the addition of etched filigree accent tiles. 


  8. Vitrail


    The Vitrail series, from Fire Clay Tiles, is a handmade square-edged tile available in sizes ranging from 1" x 2" to 6" x 6" and over 112 unique glaze colors. Made in California by expert ceramicists, tiles are produced on a white stoneware clay body and finished with a high crackle, semi-transparent glaze.


  9. Herringbone


    Subway tiles lend themselves to a variety of installations, including this classic herringbone pattern. Shown here, a 3" x 6" ceramic tile from the Ann Sacks NOW collection in butter cream gloss.

    Ann Sacks

  10. Classic White

    Classic White

    Clean, classic and affordable—subway tiles remain one of the most popular wall choices for kitchens and bathrooms. Whether installed aligned, offset in a brick pattern, or angled in a herringbone design, they are the ideal complement to any style.


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