12 Stylish and Contemporary Ways to use Subway Tiles in Bathrooms

It was in the early 1900’s when the first subway tiles were seen in the New York City Subway stations. Over the years, these subway tiles have found its way to homes, kitchens, bathrooms, restaurants, and just about any interior spaces you can think of. Today, subway tiles are used by interior designers, architects and home owners not only because they’re easy to maintain, they are also timeless and trendy.

We’ve been seeing a lot of these subway tiles in contemporary bathrooms and here are some notable ones:

Minimalist: Floor-to-ceiling subway tiles

Installing subway tiles on all surfaces—floors and walls—may feel too much, but sure works well in the case of these. The trick? Keep bathroom accessories and installations minimal.

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Classic monochrome: Grey on grey

We’ve been seeing a lot of monochrome interiors and these grey tiles work well in elegant and stylish spaces. These neutral subway tiles can easily match grey-painted or grey-tiled walls, making it the perfect canvas to elaborate accessories and installations.

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Vibrant: Bright colored tiles

Who wouldn’t want to hang out in this tub? This particular shade of blue almost resembles the beach, making you feel like you have a piece of the outdoors inside your home. Consider choosing tile colors that reflect your personality and your style, especially if you’re planning to spend a lot of time in your bathroom.

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Contemporary: Alternative subway tile patterns

The traditional subway tile pattern will always be a classic, but more people have been attempting alternative patterns. Subway tiles come in various dimensions which gives a lot of room to experiment patterns, like these:

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Stylish: Subway tiles + patterned floors

Because of the simplicity of subway tiles, it’s easy to complement it with bold and eclectic patterns, as with the case of these:

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Bathrooms are often the most neglected space in the house, not to mention the most challenging room to clean. But we spend so much time in this room! Each day practically begins and ends here, and should therefore be given more thought. Hope this guide will inspire you to give your bathrooms a little more love!

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