Subway Tile Spotlight

Subway Tile Spotlight

When it comes to unique-looking tiles, there are plenty of options to consider. These days, no matter what type of look or feel you are searching for, you can create it using tile. For instance, subway tile has been a long standing trend for years. Depending on your personal style and taste, you may absolutely love this style of tile.

What is Subway Tile?

For those who are yet unfamiliar, subway tile is a style of tile that gets its name from the fact that it has the look of the tiles in the New York City subway system. While this may not sound appealing at first, subway tile gives areas a classic and understated look and feel that many people seem to gravitate towards, especially with the rise of minimalism. By definition, subway tiles are rectangular, thick, low-fired and glazed ceramic tiles. Although it can be installed anywhere you wish, the subway tile backsplash is most commonly installed in kitchen areas, to help give them a modern, classic and inviting look.

Also, subway tile shower installations can be a great way to add some pizzazz to your bathroom. Although the traditional subway tile is white, they are now available in a variety of colors. There is even further personalization that can be done by including a fun grout color.

Subway tile is a surprisingly affordable backsplash option compared to other materials like stone or glass. The classic design is a running bond pattern, but many contractors and homeowners get creative with different patterns like a herringbone design or alternating colors.

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Other Facts about Subway Tile

Now that you know more about the look and feel of subway tile, here are some other facts about subway tile you may want to know.

  • It can still be found in NYC subways: Although most of the subways in NYC have been remodeled and no longer include traditional NY subway tiles, you can still catch a glimpse of the original by visiting abandoned subway stations in the area.
  • The design is now considered a classic: While it may seem to be somewhat dated or otherwise antiquated, subway tile is now considered to be a classic design by experts in the design industry. In fact, some professionals assert that it is akin to the classic outfit or t-shirts and jeans within the design industry.
  • It’s not for floors: Ceramic subway tile is not suitable for your floors. Not only does the tile look much better on a shower wall or kitchen backsplash, but the tiles used to create the subway tile look are too thin, fragile and not able to withstand everyday wear and tear.



  • Subway tile got its name from the tiles that were traditionally used to decorate NYC subways.
  • If you are looking for a modern yet classic way to upgrade your kitchen aesthetic, subway tiles are a great idea.
  • Ceramic subway tiles are not for floors as they cannot withstand the everyday wear and tear.

No matter if you are seeking white subway tile, black subway tile or any other color to fit your home’s design, Standard Tile NJ has you covered. We offer subway tile bathroom installations, as well as the kitchen, or any other areas you would like to add a splash of modern/classic style. Simply call us to schedule an appointment. One of our qualified professionals will be glad to help you determine which areas would be best served by adding subway tile. Schedule an appointment with Standard Tile today!