When it comes to backsplashes, subway tile is the holy grail of kitchen decor. It's classic, affordable and works with a variety of kitchen styles. With a little creativity, it can easily become a show-stopping element of your kitchen, or it can be laid in a way that is subtle and highlights the rest of the space's beauty. Either way, we don't see subway tile going out of style anytime soon.
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Experiment With Grout
This kitchen from Neptune proves that grout doesn't have to be boring. We're obsessed with this black-and-white look that creates a hip, dramatic, restaurant-like feel. The brass accessories give the space an uber-modern touch, while the black grout makes the subway tile stand out and take center stage.
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A Pop of Subway Tile
It's obvious that subway tile works well as a narrow backsplash or covering a full wall, but we also adore this alcove stove from Remodelista. Not only does the pop of subway tile surrounding the vintage farmhouse stove lend a bit of surprise to the space, it's also incredibly useful (splashed spaghetti sauce is no match for this tile).
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Lay It Chevron Style
This kitchen spotted on Pinterest uses a chevron-style pattern for its subway tile, creating a feminine and whimsical feel. The rest of the kitchen is understated, but the chevron pattern adds another focal point to the space and creates a bit of dimension.Continue to 5 of 19 below.
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Try New Accessories
Subway tile is universally beautiful, no matter what you pair with it. This bright and airy kitchen from Fresh Mommy Blog feels fresh and modern. Though the subway tile takes a background role in this look, it is the perfect canvas for the rest of the space, and the whimsical string of cafe lights gives the kitchen a Parisian patio look.
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Rustic and Modern
This kitchen by Jenna Sue Design has a few trendy elements (reclaimed wood beams, gray cabinets, shiplap ceiling) so the classic subway tile provides a great, neutral way to bring them all together. The designer used a soft black grout to make the tiles stand out, which lends itself well to the deeper-colored cabinets.Continue to 9 of 19 below.
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Subway Tile Works With All Sizes
By now, it's pretty clear that subway tile is incredibly versatile. This open concept kitchen from katemarkerinteriors is proof of that—and it's big on space and style. The shaker cabinets and hewed barn beam lend this kitchen a modern farmhouse feel that's definitely Joanna Gaines approved.
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Narrow and Modern
This contemporary kitchen by Almost Makes Perfect is all about clean, straight lines. The subway shown here is laid in a stack bond style, with each tile placed directly on top of the next. It gives the kitchen its modern feel, and looks purposeful and spotless.
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Perfect for Pops of Color
While we love the colorful backsplash tile look, this kitchen from Jenna Burger Design proves that classic subway tile is the ideal blank canvas for pops of colorful accessories. If you're one to mix up your kitchen look every once in a while, a clean subway tile backsplash is a great choice.Continue to 13 of 19 below.
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Quaint and Stunning
This kitchen from myinterior is even smaller than the one before, but it is one of the most stylish and personality-filled kitchens we've seen. The kitchen is placed in an alcove, but the bright subway tile backsplash and penny tile flooring make it feel open and airy. The reclaimed wood breakfast bar pulls the whole look together and reminds us of a hip coffee shop.
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Studio McGee featured this modern black and white kitchen with a simple, classic subway tile backsplash we love. The subway tile looks clean and orderly, which works incredibly well with an open shelving look in the kitchen.Continue to 17 of 19 below.
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Classic and Rustic
Photographer Alice Gao captured this rustic kitchen from a New York City restaurant, and it's everything we love about subway tile. The classic subway pattern, the full backsplash and the vintage-inspired accessories create a welcoming and friendly vibe.
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Try a Beveled Edge
This kitchen from Studio McGee features subway tile with a twist: It has a beveled edge. The rest of the kitchen is classic and modern, but the beveled subway tile adds a welcome dose of surprise. It gives the kitchen texture, and works well with the understated cabinets.
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A Striking Herringbone
The subway tile in this kitchen from Design to Inspire is clearly the showstopper of the kitchen. The herringbone style is eye-catching, and when paired with dark grout the tile becomes the focal point of the whole room. This is a great look to pair with a neutral kitchen to keep the space from feeling overwhelming.