SUBWAY TILES: AN UPDATED SPIN ON A DESIGN CLASSIC!

The subway tiles that have invaded kitchen and bathrooms around the world, the 3″x 6″ ceramic tiles were designed in 1904 for the first subway station. They were a simple design solution for the new subway, with the added benefit that the white subway tiles would reflect light in the subterranean space and then could be embellished with decorative mosaics. Since then, subway tiles have become prevalent design decision for kitchens and bathrooms.

They are somehow simultaneously traditional and modern, and they’ve just received a significant updates.

New subway tiles have pan-glazed textures — pinpoints, pinstripes, honeycombs, diamonds. It’s not just the texture that’s different, you could create backslashes that allow take advantage of the geometric configuration possibilities. White subway tiles still look pretty terrific, but if you’ve ever caught a glimpse of New York’s City Hall Station, you know how breathtakingly beautiful subway tile can be when its full geometric possibilities are realized.

Subway tile today it’s a synonymous of modern, versatility and elegance, the unusual sizes of 2.5″, 4.5″, mod pickets, and raised-edged mosaics along with the cool color palette of warm grays, ivories, oyster whites, mists and a nearly-black mink, along for greater designer flexibility. You can make a bold graphic statement, You’re really only limited by your subway tile imagination.

Pablo Arguello

SCM Design Group

Photo Credits:

Mission Stone and Tile

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