Simple, unpretentious, and cost-effective, white ceramic tile is the white T-shirt of the kitchen. It’s often called subway tile, because it was developed for New York City subway stations back in the early 1900s and can still be seen there. Durable and adaptable, it works equally well in traditional and modern settings. But what we really like about subway tile is the way it allows for design creativity: You can achieve a multitude of patterns and textures with just one low-cost material. Here are some variations on the theme to consider for your next tiling project.
The Classic Subway Tile
Subway tiles can be square, but the most familiar size and shape is the three-by-six-inch rectangle.
Alternate Subway Tile Patterns
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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 5, 2014.