Subway tile gets its name because it made its first appearance in New York City Subway stations in the early 1900’s. The distinctive, glazed, white tiles captured the eye of designers, and soon subway tile could be found in the kitchens and bathrooms of upscale private homes. Designers also liked the traditional 1:2 width-to-length ratio (although more ratios are available today) with the standard tile size being 3” X 6”. Today, subway tile also comes in a variety of colors, including black, grey, and blue – as well as different patterns and bevels. Subway tile is also available in different materials, from ceramic to natural stone, marble, or glass. Take a look at a beveled Essex tiles or pillowed Monterrey tiles. Here are just a few ways to incorporate these rectangular tiles in your home:
• Kitchen backsplash tile
• Bathroom wall tile
• Shower wall tile
If you have a question about a specific type or color of subway tile, or need professional design assistance from our experts, call or visit Tile For Less Utah at either our Salt Lake City store or our Layton store.