Classic Subway Tile With a Modern Twist
From the moment that subway tiles made their debut in New York City’s subway stations in the early 1900s, they captured our imaginations and quickly moved into the bathrooms and kitchens of many homes. Easy to clean, stain resistant, and light reflective, the 3-by-6-inch glazed white rectangles exemplified what those rooms could and should be—clean and hygienic.
More than 100 years later, subway tiles are still very popular. While the classic white-on-white (white tile with white grout) is always a favorite, today’s subway tile come in a mind-boggling array of colors and finishes (marble, natural stone, glass) that work well with just about any style of decor. No longer confined to kitchens and bathrooms, you’ll find subway tiles being used in spaces such as laundry rooms, mudrooms and fireplace surrounds.
Current trends for subway tile include larger formats, bright colors and modern designs. A new collection available from Tiles Unlimited, “The Hamptons” is a great example of this new trend. Cool and clean like the bustling coastal beach this line was named after, The Hamptons is the ceramic version of high-end sophistication. With nine colors, a larger format (2.5 by 10-inch) and mixed colored mosaics, The Hamptons offers style and class. Adding to its charm, pieces are offered in either a crackled or transparent finish, making every tile its own work of art.