In a room featuring a neutral palette, a white subway tile wall can keep with the color scheme while adding some dimension to the space. Here, the natural light and nature views help warm up the modern aesthetic.
High-end tile can be affordable if you use it sparingly. In this shower stall, pricey green glass tile serves as a colorful accent when randomly interspersed with economical white subway tile.
Cook a lot? Need more than a short backsplash to keep the kitchen easy to clean? Solution: Take that subway tile from the countertop all the way to the ceiling trim.
Create a splash zone—like this bathtub nook—with floor-to-hip-level subway tiles placed like wainscoting. Here, the white tiles serve as a neutral adjacent to the large pattered floor tiles.
Install white subway tiles as a backsplash above the kitchen countertop. To guide the room aesthetic way from an industrial look, choose a bright paint color for the cabinet and shelf wall above.
While classic white subway tile makes a modern statement, choosing colored tile in long, skinny shapes over chunkier ones is equally stylish. “They’re more contemporary,” says interior designer Kricken Yaker, who stacks them linearly for cleaner lines and less grout.