10 Fresh Ways To Use Subway Tile In Your Bathroom


Subway tile is maybe one of our favorite design features ever. It can work in almost any design style—coastal, modern, farmhouse, you name it—and even though it seems pretty basic, there’s actually so many different ways you can switch it up. Play with color, shape, or arrangement to instantly update the shape. But before you get out the grout, check out the following ideas.

1 Give It Some Depth

Courtesy of Sara Tramp for Emily Henderson Designs

Choose subway tile with a little more depth to add subtle texture. It still feels soft and not too visually crazy, while still giving interest.

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2 Switch Up Your Colors

Courtesy of Erin Gates Design

See how cool multi-colored subway tiles can look? Varying shades of gray makes a seriously statement-making wall.

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3 Extend It
white tile bathroom

Annie Schlechter

To give subway tile even more of an impact, let it extend it out to your sink. The bolder, the better.

4 Limit Yourself

Karyn M. Millet

You don’t have to go ham and subway tile every single surface. Limit it to a single wall, then contrast with bold patterned tile.

5 Calm It Down
sigma shower system

Trevor Tondro

The shower stall of a California guest bathroom features a checkerboard pattern floor. Since it’s bold and busy, gray subway tile on the wall helps balance things out.

6 Combine it With Black

Courtesy of Nicole Franzen

Is there actually a chicer combo than white and black? White subway tiled walls are the perfect accent to a black shower stall.

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7 Go Gold
bailey mccarthy gold tile bathroom

Trevor Tondro

Oh, you fancy, huh? These gold leaf subway tiles make this master bathroom extra luxe.

8 Play With Your Grout
nemo subway tiles

Annie Schlechter

Gray-grouted subway tiles help add dimension to an all-white bathroom.

9 Shrink It

Courtesy of Black Lacquer Design

A little bit modern, a little bit industrial, this skinnier, wider version of subway tile is a fresh new take on the classic. We’re all about this warm, light-filled bathroom.

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10 Try A Nautical Theme
frank roop blue master bathroom

James Merrell

Embrace nautical decor head-on with coastal accents. This coastal cottage’s bathroom features navy subway tile and pale blue shades.


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