11 Top Ways of Laying Subway Tiles

Subway tiles have become very popular in the recent times as a bold interior design option and a key design feature in bathrooms, kitchen backsplashes, chimneys and more. The timeless classic shaped tile can add a show-stopping element to almost any aesthetic style.

Here we have 11 top ways for you to lay this classic tile in different striking ways to give it a modern twist.

1. Classic Subway, Brick Pattern

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This popular look is the original subway tile look. Filling the gaps between the tiles with a grey grout creates a stunning bold look that takes you down memory lane to the subway stations in London. This offset pattern still has the ability to take the breath away when utilised creatively to create a classic design that will never go out of style.

2. Vertical Offset

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This popular look is the original subway tile look. Filling the gaps between the tiles with a grey grout creates a stunning bold look that takes you down memory lane to the subway stations in London. This offset pattern still has the ability to take the breath away when utilised creatively to create a classic design that will never go out of style.

3. Traditional Herringbone

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The Traditional Herringbone pattern is a great tile layout if you are looking for a fun way to bring an idiosyncratic pattern to your space. This style allows you to be more daring to your design choices. Herringbone has been in fashion for many years, originating from intricate jewellery and fabrics during ancient Egyptian and Italian times respectively. Therefore, rest assured this pattern will never go out of style.

4. Vertical Stack

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The vertical stack set is ideal for narrow spaces; this design widens the room automatically. A vibrant coloured subway tile should do the trick to this space.

5. Horizontal Stack

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The horizontal stack is a modern design that can also fit in well to a traditional space, serving a dual purpose to a home renovation. This style can simply look stunning if paired with the right kind of floor tile. For this style, the wider the walls, the more beauty you can get out of it.

6. Cross Hatch

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 A crosshatch subway tile layout brings a real sense of dynamic jubilation to a space. If you really want to accentuate the pattern of the tiles, opt for a darker shade of grout. A lighter shade of grout will create a more natural and subtle effect. This style will save you time and money during lay down of the tiles, as it does not require the tiles to be cut down or altered.

7. Step Ladder

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Whether it’s a wall, kitchen back splash or a bathroom wall, the step ladder design creates a dynamic and vigorous look to a space. It makes a space look bigger and at the same time creates a great statement piece.

8. Vertical Herringbone

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A classic and chic layout that can seamlessly fit into both traditional and contemporary styles can take subway tile designing into the next level. This style is ideal for both wall and floor designing. The vertical herringbone style is a resemblance to the weaves of fibre in a rope and laying out these tiles in this manner can create some serious geometric pattern for your kitchen or bathroom.

9. Herringbone at 90 Degrees

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Herringbone at 90 degrees is a unique way of laying your subway tiles. Each row shifts between a vertical and horizontal tile in an alternating herringbone pattern. This pattern is very rarely used; so if you are to opt for this subway tile layout, your space will truly stand out.

10. 90 Degrees Classic Subway

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The vertical offset is a counterpart of the classic subway tiles. This is less commonly used but when used it can set an unconventional look to a space.

11. Diagonal Offset

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Diagonal offset is a stunning layout for the kitchen. The gradient at which the tiles are laid will draw your eyes back to the counter top. Combine this with a unique stone countertop to create a striking look. This layout works equally stunning on walls or floor of a bathroom.

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