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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.

About Timeless

Times change. And you can find those changes preserved in the tile of the times. An essential element of our built environment for the last 120 years, American ceramic tile has demonstrated a unique ability to adapt and innovate to create new forms, new fashions, and new solutions to the meet the architectural challenges of the day.

About Timeless

Once It Was White

White, and pretty much only white, was the norm in America's turn of the century kitchen and bathroom tilework. In fact, what we now generically call "subway tile" was originally referred to as "white ware". It was only in the 1920's that color broke through the Victorian constraints, under the influence of the Art Deco and Craftsman movements.

White subway tile

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