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Jkath Design Build + Reinvent / Bathroom Renovation  / Our Eternal Love for Subway Tile
Artisan style subway tile with gray accents and glass shower.

Our Eternal Love for Subway Tile

Subway tile is one of the most versatile tiles and can be used in almost any application. It’s roots originate from the New York subway system dating back to 1904, and used in commercial and residential applications. The early design concept wanted a tile that was easy to clean and maintain, while also visually appealing. They settled on a white, rectangular ceramic tile that measured 3×6 inches, and the subway tile was born.

Twin Cities kitchen renovation with white perimeter cabinets, dark stained island, and two tone countertops.

Subway tile is timeless, and can often be a grounding neutral and textural element in any space while allowing other elements to take center stage. Using a variation of this tile can create a mix of design styles, from contemporary, to traditional we’re sharing a few of our recent installations today.

Textured Subway Tiles

Textured subway tiles add visual interest and depth to a room. Whether it’s a handmade tile or a more pronounced texture, these tiles can create a unique and dynamic look.

Custom kitchen renovation featuring double white oak islands with overhead brass linear chandeliers and natural quartzite countertops, white perimeter custom cabinetry with natural soapstone countertops, black cabinet hardware and custom plaster range hood.

Marble Subway Tiles

For a touch of luxury, marble subway tiles are an elegant choice. They bring a sophisticated and timeless appeal to any space, elevating the design with their natural veining and unique patterns.

Primary bathroom with all natural stone tile, black custom bathroom vanity, gold hardware and Kohler plumbing.

Colored Subway Tiles

For those looking to add a pop of color to their space, colored subway tiles are an excellent option. From soft pastels to bold, vibrant hues, colored subway tiles can make a statement and add personality to any room.

Primary bathroom, dark brown wood bathroom vanity, black arched mirrors, gold fixtures and neutral wall and floor tile.

Vertical Stacking

For a modern and sleek look, consider stacking subway tiles vertically. This arrangement adds height to a space and creates a contemporary feel.

Blue and white custom kitchen cabinets, induction cooktop with wall oven underneath, brick wall, recessed brass cabinet pulls

Herringbone Pattern

Arranging subway tiles in a herringbone pattern creates a dynamic and eye-catching design. This pattern works well as a floor pattern in mudrooms or powder bathrooms.

Twin Cities mudroom renovation with light green custom cubbies and ventilation details.

Basketweave Subway

Basketweave subway tiles are perfect for creating a focal point or adding dimension to an otherwise plain wall or floor. They can also be used as accents or borders in larger areas to break up the monotony of traditional patterns. Peep the custom Murphy Vanity from our signature collection.

Basketweave subway tile inspired floor tile, custom oak bathroom vanity with v-groove pattern and polished nickel hardware.

If you’d like to discuss a future design or renovation project, let’s connect!

Sharing a few recent projects we think you might like:

Palace Avenue, Fairmount Avenue, Riverwood Place

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