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  • 5/2/2018 1:27 PM

Subway Tile: A Timeless Trend

The name speaks for itself. Subway tile was created originally for subways. This bright and easily maintained tile started a craze in the early 1900’s and has been around ever since.

Subway tile as a staple construction material is inexpensive, available at any local hardware store, and can compliment almost every style and personality.

Installing things like tile in your own home can seem a little nerve-wracking since it is semi-permanent. Before installing any tile, ask yourself how likely you are to get bored with the design and whether it is neutral enough to work anywhere in your home as well as with the style of future homeowners down the road.

Once you answer that question for yourself, consider the ways that you can incorporate it into your home. We can help you with that!


The most traditional type of pattern that you can choose for subway tile is the brick layout. This type of pattern is easy to install, and you can even do it to yourself. You can also take this pattern and go vertically with it.

Stacked tile is a modern take on the brick pattern. Instead of having each tile slightly staggered with each other, you would stack the subway tiles directly on top of each other to form columns.

Herringbone is pattern that can add a lot of personality and character to any space you should choose. Partner this pattern with dark grout and you have yourself an eye-catching backsplash or floor. Herringbone isn’t exactly a DIY project, but if you are one of the brave, be sure to study up on the technique before embarking on this endeavor.


If you are moving on to choosing the shape of your tile, the chances are that you  have decided on a pattern. The typical subway tile is 3-inch by 6-inch and shaped like a rectangle, but subway tiles can range anywhere in size from 1-inch by 6-inch, 2 by 6 or 12 by 24.

Using subway tiles in your home is a trend that will never go out of style. For more ideas on how to use tile in your home decor, check out our blog, “Creative Places To Use Tile In Your Home”. If you are in the market for a tile upgrade in your home or business, contact us at GMS Werks and we would love to help you bring your personality and style into your home!

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