4 Subway Tile Backsplashes That Will Never Go Out of Style

In the world of kitchen backsplash and bathroom tile trends, subway tile invariably makes the lineup. Yes, it’s been in vogue (and perhaps overused) of late, but if you think it’s dated, think again–this tile has been around since the early 1900s, and homeowners are still clamoring for it.

Let’s face it. Subway tile isn’t truly a design trend–at least, not in the same way the chevron prints or popcorn ceilings are. Tile sizes may vary in material and size over decades. However, true subway tiles have a length twice as long as height, are understatedly classy, durable, easy to clean, and can fit almost any decor style.

At Design Studio West, we’re always looking for new ways to refresh a classic look. Just take a look at some examples of this classic in action below.

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The glass subway tiles on the wall pick up the warmth of the granite island. Notice there isn’t a distinct pattern here–instead, it’s a beautiful array of almost natural tiles in earthy colors. It’s a great casual look reminiscent of a day at the beach. And what’s more classic than that?

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Take one look at this rustic kitchen, and try to imagine it without the glossy white subway tile. It’s difficult, isn’t it? The white subway tile here brightens up the space, sets off any fresh produce waiting to be cooked on the counter, and provides a nice counterbalance to the warm tone of the countertop.


We’ve used this example in our “fresh” remodeling ideas post, and we can’t help but use it again.The gorgeous pale green color of those subway tiles is just bright and warm enough to add a cheerful look without veering into a trendy bright or abrasive neon territory. “Classy” is a term that still applies.

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This gorgeous Victorian home remodel in Bird Rock demands more than your standard backsplash. It makes exceptional use of materials that are both classic and of-the-moment at the same time. The white subway tiles impart a freshness while hearkening back to historic roots. A thin black line of tile adds character and blends well with the dramatic island and countertops.

Ready to install subway tile in your own kitchen? It may be durable and gorgeous, but subway tiles can be tricky to install. For one thing, they require plenty of prep work and planning to get the look you want.

Avoid the headaches of installation and skip to the fun part when you work with Design Studio West for your kitchen remodel. Get in touch with us today to get started!