11 Different ways to lay SUBWAY TILES

 

Subway tile is a style of white glazed ceramic tile, that was used on the walls of the New York City subway stations in the early twentieth century, especially the 3" × 6" size which was used then. Today Subway tile comes in all sorts of colors, and can be laid down in many different patterns. 

Subway tile is simple, timeless, and very cost effective. What I like most about subway tile is how versatile is it. With some creativity, you can achieve a variety of patterns, and textures with just one low-cost tile. Here are eleven different examples of how you can lay subway tile. Which one do you like best? 

1) Straight Herringbone

1) Straight Herringbone

I love how  Sarah Sherman Samuel  laid her subway tile in her bathroom. It reminds me of a geometric version of herringbone.

I love how Sarah Sherman Samuel laid her subway tile in her bathroom. It reminds me of a geometric version of herringbone.

2) Traditional Herringbone

2) Traditional Herringbone

Colored subway tile + colored grout + herringbone = a super fun design! image via    Pinterest  .

Colored subway tile + colored grout + herringbone = a super fun design! image via Pinterest.

3) Diagonal Herringbone.

3) Diagonal Herringbone.

I love the exposed edge on this diagonal herringbone design. I did something similar with hexagon tile in my  bathroom . It adds that extra element of surprise, which I relish. Image Via  Food52

I love the exposed edge on this diagonal herringbone design. I did something similar with hexagon tile in my bathroom. It adds that extra element of surprise, which I relish. Image Via Food52

4) Crosshatch

4) Crosshatch

Caitlin Wilson  used the cross hatch method in her bathroom, paired with aztec tile for a fresh look!

Caitlin Wilson used the cross hatch method in her bathroom, paired with aztec tile for a fresh look!

5) Running Bond

5) Running Bond

This pattern can make a space appear taller. So simple, yet so effective. image via  Apartment Therapy

This pattern can make a space appear taller. So simple, yet so effective. image via Apartment Therapy

6) Offset

6) Offset

This simple offset subway tile pattern, pairs perfectly with pops of color in this  bright home in El Salvador.

This simple offset subway tile pattern, pairs perfectly with pops of color in this bright home in El Salvador.

7) Diagonal Offset

7) Diagonal Offset

I love this pattern because it is not seen as often. The black tile shown here makes this bathroom so fierce! Image via  home designing .

I love this pattern because it is not seen as often. The black tile shown here makes this bathroom so fierce! Image via home designing.

8)Stack Bond

8)Stack Bond

Stack bond is one of my favorites. It is clean and simple, and will stand the test of time. Image via  The Effortless Chic .

Stack bond is one of my favorites. It is clean and simple, and will stand the test of time. Image via The Effortless Chic.

9) Vertical Stack Bond

9) Vertical Stack Bond

Vertical stack bond can make a big impact, especially if it is done with colored subway tile. Image via  Pinterest .

Vertical stack bond can make a big impact, especially if it is done with colored subway tile. Image via Pinterest.

10) Vertical Offset Bond

10) Vertical Offset Bond

This is another great vertical option that isn't seen as often. Image via Lonny Mag. Image via  Elle .

This is another great vertical option that isn't seen as often. Image via Lonny Mag. Image via Elle.

11) Mixed  Why not mix a few styles together to define a certain area like this stove backsplash. The possibilities for this are endless! Image via  Pinterest .

11) Mixed

Why not mix a few styles together to define a certain area like this stove backsplash. The possibilities for this are endless! Image via Pinterest.