Mix Up Your Look with Black Subway Tile

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Subway tile is everywhere. I would say it's having a moment, except that subway tile never really went away. It's a classic. Of coure, most of the subway tile you see in kitchens and in bathrooms is white — like the tile you see on, well, the subway. But lately I've spotted a few instances of black subway tile, and I'm intrigued and I want to know more.

Black subway tile has many of the same advantages of plain old white subway tile —inexpensive, super versatile, classic shape — with a dramatic, unexpected feel. Use a little bit to liven up a kitchen or a bathroom, a lot for full-on glamour.

Above: beveled black subway tile and brass fixtures are pretty much perfect together. Photo from AD Magazine, via Public Image PR.

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A little bit of black subway tile makes a big difference in this little bathroom from Nuevo Estilo, via Mi Paradissi.

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A wall of black subway tile in a kitchen from Elle Decor.

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Black subway tile (with a nice thick white grout) is the perfect counterpart to the warm woods in this kitchen by Wrightson Stewart, via Desire to Inspire.

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And finally, from Nelson: Oneill Architects, via Houzz: half black tile, half white tile: the best of both worlds.

(Image credits: AD Magazine; Nuevo Estilo; Elle Decor; Wrightson Stewart; Nelson: Oneill Architects)

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