In today’s blog post you’ll be getting a brief history lesson, some fun facts and a whole lot of inspiration wrapped up into one! You’ve heard it before, “we’re going with subway tiles for our backsplash”, but did you know all of the ways that you can implement subway tiles into your design? Sit back, relax and let us guide you through the life and times of the subway tile.


Subway tile has maintained its popularity status after 100 years and is just as sought-after, today. Designers, George C. Heins and Christopher Grant La Farge, created the 3″ x 6″ glazed rectangle tiles in 1904 for, you guessed it, New York City’s first subway station!

The classic design is simple, durable and they’re versatile (#dadjoke) which is why they’ve gained the attention and momentum that they have. Plus, they’re as visually appealing as they are practical which is why the subway tile has stood the test of time!


While subway tile is usually seen laid in its traditional brick pattern, the tiles come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colours and even materials. Most commonly, our designers gravitate toward subway tiles that are natural stone, ceramic, glass or cement.

Some of our favourite shapes are the elongated subway, bevelled subway and chunky subway tiles.

Here are a variety of options:

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Just as there are different shapes, sizes and materials, the installation patterns of subway tiles are practically endless. We love finding new, unique applications using simple tiles!

Check out some of our go-to installations:

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We’re known for our sophisticated but fresh approach to interior design. Have a project in mind? Reach out with us to chat! We can’t wait to meet you.