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Subway Tile Patterns

Traditional or transitional? Historic or modern? Subway tile patterns are limited only by your imagination. The original 3" x 6" subway tile was placed in an offset pattern but over the decades designers and homeowners have used their own aesthetic to create new patterns that really make an impact.

The History of the New York City Subway

It's no secret that we love the New York City Subway. The history, trains, and stations have long been an inspiration to architects and designers around the world, and its classic subway tile has been a blueprint for our very own Subway Ceramics collection. With over 1 billion people riding the system each year, it has become the heart of New York City and a major influence on American design.

8 Tips to Design a Subway Tile Backsplash

For over a century, homeowners have chosen subway tile for their kitchens because the smooth surfaces and thin grout lines make it easy to clean. Couple that with stain resistant glazes and you’ve got the perfect solution for any kitchen mess. To help you decide what is best for your space, we’ve put together some tips on how to choose the right subway tile for your kitchen backsplash.

The Thin Gray Line

Grout selection is often the last but definitely NOT the least important decision you will be making on your tile project. And be sure it is YOU who makes that decision!

Thin gray grout line

Tile for the Times

For over 40 years, "sanitary-ware" was virtually ubiquitous in American bathrooms and kitchens. Why? Well, the name itself is a give-away. The flat surface, pencil-thin grout lines, and the gently coved inside and outside corners gave every surface that easy-to-clean quality.  A true invention of Victorian-America.

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