35+ Kitchens That Prove We're Not Over Subway Tile

35+ Kitchens That Prove We're Not Over Subway Tile

Source: House & Home November 2019
Designer: Emily Griffin
Subway tile is a classic for a reason, and in designer Luke Havekes’ New England-style country kitchen , wheat-colored tile on the wall and vent hood is so simple but makes a big impact.
Photographer: Maxime Desbiens
Source: House & Home September 2019
Designer: Luke Havekes
“I wanted the kitchen to look like it had always been in the house,” says H&H‘s Kai Ethier of her sister’s stylish apartment . Kai created a vintage vibe with a porcelain, apron-front sink, muted mint cabinets and subway tile.
Photographer: Ashley Capp
Source: House & Home Makeovers 2018
Designer: Kai Ethier
Dare to go dark? Black subway tile with matching granite countertops create a moody look in this kitchen . A trio of rift-cut white oak shelves adds warmth.
Photographer: Colin Way
Source: House & Home October 2020
Designer: Mark Cayen, Empire Kitchen & Bath & Wiseman and Gale
Elegant white subway tile makes the richly veined wood cabinets really stand out. The combination of white and wood with rustic elements evokes farmhouse flair .
Photographer: Janis Nicolay
Source: House & Home March 2019
Designer: Kyla Bidgood & Kris Hageland, Bidgood + Co
In this storybook country home ‘s kitchen, glossy subway tile with a contrasting grout feels right at home with the trad cabinets and handsome wood island.
Photographer: Janet Kimber
Source: House & Home November 2020
Designer: Philip Mitchell
For a touch of French bistro flair, designer Elle Patille  added an industrial, Edison-bulb fixture and open shelving overtop of classic white subway tile. Her selection of ceramics, spreads and artwork really pops!
Photographer: Robin Stubbert
Source: House & Home December 2018
Designer: Elle Patille
From the wicker light fixture to the butcher-block countertops and tasseled rug, bohemian vibes abound in designer Judith Gougeon’s compact kitchen . A bold subway tile backsplash with dark grout adds even more interest.
Photographer: Maxime Desbiens & Angus McRitchie
Source: House & Home June 2018
Designer: Judith Gougeon
Why not defy expectations with a bright-colored subway tile? The homeowners’ love of sea glass was the inspiration behind the frosted-glass backsplash in this P.E.I. kitchen .
Photographer: Alex Lukey
Source: House & Home July 2019
Designer: Architecture by David Lopes
Panelled rift cut oak cabinetry and subway tile bring textural interest to this white, wood and black kitchen . Benjamin Moore’s Black Beauty (2128-10) on the built-ins feels undeniably modern.
Photographer: Kiely Ramos
Designer: Collective Studio
Floor-to-ceiling subway tile not only looks beautiful but is easy to clean in this restaurant-style kitchen ! Industrial elements, like the vent hood, graphite storage and black track lighting, amp up the cool factor.
Photographer: André Rider
Source: House & Home December 2018
Designer: Camille Daher
The 12-foot-long kitchen island is wrapped in Neolith, while white lacquered cabinets and subway tile act as a clean slate.
Photographer: Stephani Buchman
Source: House & Home April 2020
Designer: Architecture & design by StudioAC; Interior decorating by Quinn Cooper
Glass uppers double as window frames to the subway tile backsplash — plus, highlight colorful cups and ceramics. “It’s nice to see pieces that would otherwise be hidden,” says homeowner Ali Yaphe .
Photographer: Stacey Brandford
Source: House & Home February 2019
Designer: Ali Yaphe & Mazen El-Abdallah
Subway tile is a great option for small spaces — just look to designer Alanna Dunn’s cool Calgary condo for inspiration. It’s anything but builder-basic, thanks to the backsplash, gilt hardware, and wicker and rattan bar stools.
Photographer: Phil Crozier
Source: House & Home August 2019
Designer: Alanna Dunn, Reena Sotropa In House Design Group
For a look that is still timeless, try gray subway tile instead! In this coastal kitchen , the cool-toned backsplash ties in the contoured vent hood and hardworking countertops.
Photographer: Virginia Macdonald
Source: House & Home May 2019
Designer: Tommy Smythe & Lindsay Mens Craig, Sarah Richardson Design
This Edinburgh kitchen is an eclectic mix of old and new. The Saarinen pedestal table is a modern foil to the classic bistro subway tiles, Aga cooker and rush-seated wood chairs.
Photographer: Chris Tubbs
Source: House & Home December 2014
Navy subway tiles are a nod to signature maritime colors — an appropriate choice for a Halifax kitchen.
Photographer: Janet Kimber
Source: House & Home March 2017
Designer: 31 Westgate
This kitchen has the timeworn look of an old French country house, thanks to hand-hammered 2” x 9” tiles.
Photographer: Adrien Williams
Source: House & Home October 2016
Designer: Blazys Gérard
Go bold with black subway tiles. The dramatic inky tile in this kitchen makes white dishes and stainless steel pop, while the glossy finish keeps the look stylish, not sombre.
Photographer: Alex Lukey
Source: House & Home October 2016
In this Victoria, British Columbia, kitchen, a diner-like banquette looks handsome below classic white subway tiles. The large-format 4” x 12” bevelled tiles are substantial and look original to the home.
Photographer: Janis Nicolay
Source: House & Home March 2017
Designer: Bidgood + Co.
The vintage fridge might be the star of this kitchen but the tile’s not too shabby, either. This grey subway tile, grouted in white, picks up light and creates dimension by adding depth.
Photographer: Janis Nicolay
Source: House & Home September 2013
Designer: Joanna Vagelatos
Classic silhouettes, luxe finishes and contemporary elements help make this kitchen warm and comfortable. Sixty square feet of hard-wearing white subway tile is grouted in a contrasting grey to pick up on the room’s color palette.
Photographer: Alex Lukey
Source: House & Home March 2016
Designer: Rachel Fox
Here, an entire wall, including the range hood, is clad in a classic white subway tile. The idea was borrowed from hardworking restaurant kitchens that often hose down the walls at the end of dinner service.
Tour this kitchen on H&H TV .
Photographer: Valerie Wilcox
Source: House & Home March 2016
Designer: Qanuk Interiors
When new white cabinets, counters and subway tile were added to this loft kitchen, the room’s footprint felt more open. The barstools and pendants have a striking presence against the white finishes.
Photographer: Sarah Murray
Source: House & Home September 2013
Designer: Jamie Hamilton & Greer Nelson
This kitchen, featuring a fireplace oven, is nothing less than a showstopper. Ceiling-height subway tiles and open shelving create the feel of a European bistro kitchen.
Photographer: Michael Graydon
Source: House & Home September 2011
This edgy kitchen is modern but not stark or spare. The wall of subway tile combined with unique cabinetry styles and materials make this room one of a kind.
Photographer: Virginia Macdonald
Source: House & Home November 2016
Designer: Connie Braemer
In this cottage’s bright and open kitchen, watery blue subway tiles nod to Hamptons style — a look that’s perfect for breezy summer living.
Tour this cottage on H&H TV .
Photographer: Jason Stickley
Source: House & Home
Designer: Emily Griffin
Grey cabinets and marble subway tile are an elegant, muted backdrop for the punchy brass accents in this kitchen.
Photographer: Angus Fergusson
Source: House & Home February 2016
Designer: Allison Willson
The white walls and subway tile in this airy Birmingham kitchen provide the perfect neutral envelope for a stunning collection of industrial pendants, vintage accessories and period-style hardware.
Photographer: Courtesy of deVol Kitchens
Source: House & Home October 2016
Designer: Helen Robson
The full-height subway tile walls in this Tommy Smythe–designed kitchen are a unique envelope for elegant accessories and an oversized red lantern.
Photographer: Angus Fergusson
Source: House & Home January 2012
Designer: Tommy Smythe, Sarah Richardson Design
The indigo lower cabinets in this Vancouver kitchen play nicely with clean white uppers and glossy white subway tile.
Photographer: Tracey Ayton
Source: House & Home July 2015
Designer: Kenny & Michelle Gemmill
The bold colors and gutsy patterns in this kitchen are offset by the more neutral tones of the plank ceiling and the subway tiles. Together, the mix is both classic and cutting-edge.
Photographer: Angus Fergusson
Source: House & Home January 2015
Designer: James Davie
In this West Coast kitchen, vintage-inspired signage and a weathered step stool offset pristine white cabinets, a white subway tile backsplash and the oversized island.
Photographer: Tracey Ayton
Source: House & Home May 2016
Not only does bringing the white subway tile to the ceiling keep this kitchen light and bright, but it makes the sleek vent hood pop. A bold patterned tile floor and runner add global character to this sophisticated space.
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Photographer: Brandon Titaro
Source: House & Home October 2016
Designer: Reiko Caron
Polished white subway tiles defined with dark grout give this kitchen an ageless European sensibility, while modern appliances and accessories keep the room grounded in the present.
Photographer: Angus Fergusson
Source: House & Home October 2011
Designer: Ingrid Oomen, Qummunicate

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