It all began in 1904 New York City, where one of America’s favorite design elements was born. Originated by designers George C. Heins and Christopher Grant La Farge, this ubiquitous 3-by-6-inch (usually always white) rectangle (also known as a subway tile), was first seen in a New York subway station. Of course now we see how it has quickly made its way into kitchens and bathrooms across the country. And with its sleek, easy-to-clean design, it’s no surprise that the trend is still going strong today.
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Interior designer’s still gush about the timeless design fo the subway tile. Here are a few from HGTV to consider their opinions and thoughts:
This classic tile shape is so streamlined and modern that it literally works for any style of space, from farmhouse to modern. Plus, I love the newest iterations with dark gray or colorful grout. My new favorite: black subway tile with black grout. Subway tile? Sexy? You better believe it. -Liz
I’m still a huge fan of subway tile! And I agree with Liz — it’s so classic and streamlined, it really does work with so many styles. That being said, however, I’ve lost my love for the classic look and am currently drooling over the new lay patterns I’m seeing. Herringbone subway tile? Yes, please! -Chelsea
The perfect balance? White subway tile with a dark grout. It grabs your eye without taking over the space, and I don’t think I will ever get sick of it. We’ve had ours for three months, and I like it more and more every day. – Mallory
There’s nothing sexier to me than symmetry and balance. Subway tiles provide a clean, streamlined look that mosaics and glass tiles just can’t provide in a bathroom or kitchen. Dark grout is my favorite look of the moment because it adds a beautiful contrast against the white tile. But I still love a crisp, white-on-white bathroom with floor-to-ceiling subway tile. It just does something to me… – Kayla K
Visit HGTV for inspiration always! Then next time your on the subway, you can whisper to your friend 1904 is when the “subway tile” began. Also let your Real Estate Nation team know if some remodeling is on your mind too!