Traditional subway tile is everywhere, see our favorite alternatives!
It's safe to say that subway tile has been having a huge moment for years. We see it everywhere, clients request it all the time, and we totally get why! Subway tile is a classic, easy choice for making your space look clean and updated. We love it too, but since we've been seeing it everywhere we've found ourselves drawn to other options that give you that classic look, but in a fresh way.
White ceramic tiles with a beveled edge add a bit more dimension to the standard subway tile look.
From our Evergreen Kitchen Remodel
Design by Femme.is
From our Windsong Project
Glazed brick tiles or an actual brick will add texture to your space.
Design by Alexandra Rowley
Design by Amber Interiors
Design by The Future Kept
Design by Jen Langston Interiors
Admittedly, this one is barely an "alternative" to subway tile, but switching up the shape from rectangular to square just feels more unique.
From our Denver Tudor Reveal
From our Promontory Project
From our Modern Mountain Home
We love the look of a longer, skinnier subway tile laid in a herringbone pattern! We also love just the opposite - a small, white herringbone mosaic.
Design by Hunted Interior
From our Pacific Palisades Project
Design by Desire to Inspire
From our Promontory Project
Give your space a more luxe feel by using a marble tile in the same shape/size as subway tile.
From our Emerson Project
Design by Vaughn Miller
Design by Square Footage Kitchens
If you love subway tile but want something slightly more dramatic, handformed subway tile is a great choice. It has texture and movement and the light bounces off of it so beautifully.
From our Mountainside Remodel
Design by Johnny Andersson
Design by Tim Lam
Whether it's a hexagon, scalloped edge, or rhomboid, you cant go wrong with a classic white tile in a fun shape.
Design by Caitlin Wilson
Photo from Academy Tiles
Design by Kirsten Marie Inc.
Design by Hart Builders
If you are down with some drama, a dark subway tile can look really awesome in the right space. Black, navy, dark green, charcoal... the options are endless and we love them all!
From our Parade Home
Design by Coats Home
From our Park City Canyons Remodel
The marble, shapes, & handformed styles were my faves!!! ❤❤❤
Great choices Marci 🙂
I loooove herringbone! It looks so neat & classy to me. I’m completely drawn to it. Do you think it will go out of style like chevron tho? Or will it stay strong for a while …?
I would like to know the same!
If you could source the brick floors in the Promontory Project mudroom/laundry room, I would be so grateful!
What are your thoughts on penny tile?
We saw a lot of the white square tile while living in Germany, and I see it in photos of English bathrooms and kitchens. I’m glad it’s growing in favor over here.
Amazing! Us too!
Can you provide a size and source for the larger herringbone tile?
Many beautiful tiles in here, thank you for this resource. I notice you didn’t give sources for all of the tiles, however. Could you please provide a source for the tiles used in the Evergreen Kitchen Remodel? I don’t think they are the ones from Mission Stone & Tile. Thank you.
Here’s the exact one! https://www.annsacks.com/products/tile-stone-mosaic/savoy-field-tile?crl8_id=f34c3a06-6fa1-465d-8a7b-e821a6986884#/savoy-anna-bevel-rectangle%2Fpaperwhite
Thanks! They are very unique with their sharper bevel line.
Could you please tell me where you got the small square white tiles for the backsplash of the Windsor home? I’m looking everywhere, but not finding anything as cute!
sorry Windsong project!
I would also love the source for the tiny square tiles in the laundry room of Windsor home!
Any chance you know the tile source in the design by Johnny Andersson? Thank you!!
Very descriptive article, I liked that bit. Will there be a part 2?|
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