The ‘subway tile’ is a glazed ceramic tile that is used on the walls of the New York City subway stations in the early twentieth century. These days, it has become a statement tile selection that is used to add a stylistic edge to all manner of interior designs. Each individual piece of tile comprises of a 6”x3” slab that vaguely resembles a brick, but many contemporary versions have a bigger or smaller selection to choose from as well. Further, let’s look at 5 ways you can use the subway tiles in your interior designs.
1. Kitchen backsplash
Subway tiles are used first and foremost in kitchen backsplash. In such a setting, they’re able to provide a nice contrast against the cabinet finishes. The subway tile backsplash used in the kitchen design in this image look highly stylish against the grainy, rustic wooden finish of the cabinet laminates. The overall effect is highly charming and trendy.
2. Backdrop suspension
The suspended cabinetry featured in this image is a step above the conventional, which is why the subway tile backdrop provides an even trendier edge to it. This style can be used for all manner of suspended shelving. Whether it is a corridor shelving unit of a living room centerpiece, this idea is definitely classic enough to suit all settings.
Another great way to use the subway tile aesthetic in your interior designs is by making it the peripheral placeholder. This basically means that you can back it a distant backdrop while the immediate setting comprises of other design elements. The kitchen backsplash in this dining room interior design is a great example of how you can emulate a peripheral aesthetic in a glam way.
4. On partition walls
Depending on the kind of interior design style that you’re articulating in your renovation, subway tiles can be used to embellish partition walls as well. You don’t have to fully clad a half-wall in these tiles, but cladding them on the bottom half of a classic partition can definitely make your space look edgier.
5. Going black
Subway tiles in a black finish are a novelty that many people do not use in a conventional setting. They’re great for providing a backdrop in spaces like the kitchen and bathroom. They’re mostly suitable in an industrial style aesthetic and , look out of place in a modern one.