If you're drawn to the look of subway tile, but want just a little something extra, consider beveled subway tile. The extra texture that beveled tiles impart can make regular old subway tiles look boring by comparison.
When I see beveled subway tile I can't help but be reminded of the rusticated stones of old Italian palaces. Masons would give the stones a rough texture and a deep bevel to give the ground floor of the buildings more visual weight. (Here you can see another example of rusticated stone, in NYC's Apple bank building, that even more closely resembles the tiles pictured here.)
Although admittedly on a much small scale, beveled subway tiles lend the same sort of gravitas and extra texture to the tub in the bathroom pictured above. Here are some tiles to help you get the look.
1. This Adex Neri Tile from Mission Stone & Tile is available in a 3x6 bevel and a 4x8 bevel.
2. Ann Sacks' Arden series includes beveled tile and coordinating moldings.
3. Jeffrey Court beveled tiles from Home Depot.
4. Beveled Carrara marble tile — lovely and luxurious. From The Builder Depot.
5. Shiny seems to be the norm for subway tiles, but this one comes in a matte finish. Metro Beveled Edge Subway Tile in Matte White, from Luxe Tile.