20 Kitchens That Prove We’re Not Over Subway Tile
There’s a reason why decorating with subway tile is perpetually popular, especially in the kitchen. Not only is it a timeless and classic look, but subway tiles are also hard-wearing and well-priced. Here are some of House & Home‘s best kitchen designs that incorporate the beloved tile.
This Edinburgh kitchen is an eclectic mix of old and new. The Saarinen pedestal table is a modern foil to the classic bistro subway tiles, Aga cooker and rush-seated wood chairs.
Navy subway tiles are a nod to signature maritime colors — an appropriate choice for a Halifax kitchen.
This kitchen has the timeworn look of an old French country house, thanks to hand-hammered 2” x 9” tiles.
Go bold with black subway tiles. The dramatic inky tile in this kitchen makes white dishes and stainless steel pop, while the glossy finish keeps the look stylish, not sombre.
In this Victoria, British Columbia, kitchen, a diner-like banquette looks handsome below classic white subway tiles. The large-format 4” x 12” bevelled tiles are substantial and look original to the home.
The vintage fridge might be the star of this kitchen but the tile’s not too shabby, either. This grey subway tile, grouted in white, picks up light and creates dimension by adding depth.
Classic silhouettes, luxe finishes and contemporary elements help make this kitchen warm and comfortable. Sixty square feet of hard-wearing white subway tile is grouted in a contrasting grey to pick up on the room’s color palette.
Here, an entire wall, including the range hood, is clad in a classic white subway tile. The idea was borrowed from hardworking restaurant kitchens that often hose down the walls at the end of dinner service.
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When new white cabinets, counters and subway tile were added to this loft kitchen, the room’s footprint felt more open. The barstools and pendants have a striking presence against the white finishes.
This kitchen, featuring a fireplace oven, is nothing less than a showstopper. Ceiling-height subway tiles and open shelving create the feel of a European bistro kitchen.
This edgy kitchen is modern but not stark or spare. The wall of subway tile combined with unique cabinetry styles and materials make this room one of a kind.
In this cottage’s bright and open kitchen, watery blue subway tiles nod to Hamptons style — a look that’s perfect for breezy summer living.
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Grey cabinets and marble subway tile are an elegant, muted backdrop for the punchy brass accents in this kitchen.
The white walls and subway tile in this airy Birmingham kitchen provide the perfect neutral envelope for a stunning collection of industrial pendants, vintage accessories and period-style hardware.
The full-height subway tile walls in this Tommy Smythe–designed kitchen are a unique envelope for elegant accessories and an oversized red lantern.
The indigo lower cabinets in this Vancouver kitchen play nicely with clean white uppers and glossy white subway tile.
The bold colors and gutsy patterns in this kitchen are offset by the more neutral tones of the plank ceiling and the subway tiles. Together, the mix is both classic and cutting-edge.
In this West Coast kitchen, vintage-inspired signage and a weathered step stool offset pristine white cabinets, a white subway tile backsplash and the oversized island.
Not only does bringing the white subway tile to the ceiling keep this kitchen light and bright, but it makes the sleek vent hood pop. A bold patterned tile floor and runner add global character to this sophisticated space.
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Polished white subway tiles defined with dark grout give this kitchen an ageless European sensibility, while modern appliances and accessories keep the room grounded in the present.