Shag carpeting. Olive green refrigerators. Geometric patterns. Trends come and go. So isn't it delightful when we see a design element that spans decades? The original subway tile is one of few design elements that remains every bit as popular today as it was when it was first invented. And - in the case of the subway tile - that would be the early 1900's.
You probably already know that, as its name suggests, the tile was originally used in subway systems. It became known for its durability, ease of maintenance, low cost and simplicity in design. Today, we find that it complements some of the most beautiful kitchen and bathroom designs in the world.
The original white subway tile is a classic. And with some styles around only $3 a square foot, it's one of the most economical ways to give your kitchen or bathroom a makeover.
Whether you're looking for the classic white subway tile or a new, modern take on the classic subway tile, you can find it here in our Essentials Subway Tile Collection.
Photos courtesy of Leslee Mitchell
Check out today's modern take on the 1900's style in white subway tiles on Pinterest.
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BLOGS / INTERESTING READS
See what Design Milk has to say about subway tile in Design Milk's Article: Tactile Subway Tiles: An Updated Spin on a Design Classic.
And check out this write-up in the New York Times about the original subway tile.
Apartment Therapy also did a wonderful article called A Brief History of Subway Tile.