Going Vertical with Subway Tile

Going Vertical with Subway Tile

Jess Watson
Oct 16, 2009

Before rats and graffiti became a hallmark of the New York subway experience, there was subway tile. First used in the early 1900s, this brick-shaped ceramic has remained due to its resilience, classic look and ease of maintenance. Normally we see these rectangular tiles installed in a horizontal pattern, but arranging the tile vertically instead definitely puts a new twist on an old classic.

1. In the first bathoom, Frank Roop used a molded aluminum "subway tile" from Anne Sachs to create a luxurious space that looks much taller than it actually is.
(Found via Metropolitan Home)

2 & 3. Australian designer Greg Natale used both a horizontal and vertical pattern to create a distinction between the shower and sink in his bathrooms while adding interest with a coordinated wallpaper above the subway tile and black and white tile on the floor.
(Found via Design to Inspire)

4 & 5. Design*Sponge readers, Lois Mackenzie and Pamela Hill, transformed a dark and dank bathroom into a clean and modern space appropriate for their beach inspired design story. Here, the verticality of the subway tile mirrors the wainscoting to create a cohesive look.


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