Design Trend: Subway Tile

Posted on: April 14, 2015

If you are considering installing new tile in your bathroom or a kitchen backsplash mosaic, subway tile is a beautiful choice with unique style. An extremely versatile tile style that can complement nearly any room design, subway tiles make a popular choice in Mid-Atlantic home remodels for both aesthetic and practical reasons. Let’s take a closer look at this timeless trend!

What Makes Subway Tile So Popular?

Subway tiles are rectangular tiles that got their name from the New York City subway system. They are used in both kitchen and bathroom applications and are popular primarily because they are:

  • Easy to clean
  • Stain resistant
  • Extremely hygienic
  • Light reflective
  • Easily customizable in multiple sizes, colors, textures, and patterns

The Subway Tile Backsplash

Subway tile can be an appealing choice for kitchen backsplashes. Not only is it extremely sanitary and easy to clean, making it ideal in an environment where you’re handling food, but it’s easily customizable to match any existing kitchen design. The sky’s the limit when it comes to your subway tile kitchen backsplash! Though the original subway tile came in white, we offer subway tiles in numerous sizes, materials, textures, and colors to suit your needs.

Some popular materials include:

  • Ceramic
  • Glass
  • Granite

Subway Tile for Bathrooms

The same qualities that make subway tile perfect for a kitchen backsplash apply for your bathroom backsplash. However, you can get even more creative when installing subway tile in a bathroom, extending use of the tiling to your shower or tub area to give the whole space added character. Some patterns to consider include:

  • Running bond (meaning they are laid like bricks—this can also be done vertically or diagonally)
  • Stacked
  • Herringbone


A border can add an extra decorative element to the design.

Install Kitchen & Bathroom Subway Tile in Your Delaware or Maryland Home

Do you think subway tile could make the perfect addition to your home? Let us help! The certified remodelers at Bath, Kitchen and Tile Center can help you select the perfect subway tile design to match your home and expertly install it for you, on time and on budget. Let’s get started! Contact us online or call 800-282-8656 to request your consultation. Visit us at one of our convenient showroom locations in Wilmington, Harbeson, Newark, or Bel Air to see our products on display!

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Bath, Kitchen and Tile Center is proud to offer comprehensive remodeling services with the help of our state-of-the-art showrooms in Delaware and Maryland! Our showroom hours are as follows:

  • Wilmington
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m,
    Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Harbeson/Lewes
    Monday — Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m,
    Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Evenings by appointment
  • Newark Manufacturing
    Monday — Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m,
    Saturday: By appointment
    Evenings by appointment
  • Bel Air
    Monday — Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m,
    Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Evenings by appointment
  • Warehouse
    Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.,
    Saturday: 9 a.m – 1 p.m.
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“Although we have given this project a rating of 10 in all areas, we would like to give our thanks and appreciation to our designer Joel and installer Andrew (and crew) for the excellent job they did in remodeling our bath.  It was truly a pleasure working with them from beginning to end."

- Ron and Judy