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The Beauty of the Humble Subway Tile

Once relegated to butchers’ shops, public lavatories and subway and metro stations, these little rectangular tiles are making a comeback, having originally appeared at the turn of the 20th century. They look particularly beautiful with contrasting grout and can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, offices and cafes. Dressing them up with amazing lighting, contrasting flooring and art work (as beautifully shown in the first photo) lifts them out of the realm of bland industrial into stylish and interesting.

I am using them in an interior design project I am currently working on: a super-stylish hairdressing salon in one of Melbourne’s famed downtown laneways.

via Pinterest

via Willow Bee Inspired

Market Lane Coffee, Prahan via Australian Trend Setter

via [room] by sofie

via 47 Park Avenue

via Rue Magazine

Do you like them or are they too cold for your tastes?

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Anne Nevile #

    love the subway tiles – they are so cute and funky too

    love the subway tiles – so cute and funky too! Want to hear/read more about your new design project…..

    October 23, 2012
  2. Tracy #

    I have them in my kitchen with a dark grey grout and slate countertop (which was pretty cheap too). Still love them after three years… The walls are white but seriously considering ‘going to the dark side’ as Abigail Ahern says. I saw your bathroom on her site today–beautiful!!!

    October 25, 2012
    • kate #

      Sounds divine. Go dark go dark go dark! You really won’t regret it. Would love to see what you do. My only advice is do a large test strip (half a wall before you paint the entire room). I didn’t do this with my bathroom – there was another stage between the white and the wallpaper – I painted the walls dark without doing a proper test and it was the wrong colour – way too green and I hated it. But it was a great thing to do as it too me a step closer to the wallpaper which I now love.

      October 25, 2012
  3. Anne Nevile #

    Congrats onyour bathroom publicity! Well deserved – i think it’ is stunning…..Linda Gregoriou’s apartment is gorgeous. As you know, I love white floorboards…… and the colour and movement of the decor is stunning……

    November 26, 2012

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