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Subway Tile: Trendy or Old Fashioned?

Once popular in the early 1900s, subway tile was used in most bathrooms and kitchens. However, it became out of date and impossible to find for the better half of the 20th century. Surprisingly, subway tile has made a remarkable comeback. Not just considered an old-fashioned material, subway tile can be trendy as well.

Subway tiles are a 3”x6” rectangle tiles, with slightly rounded corners. They are installed in a bricklike pattern. When first manufactured in the early 1900s, they were “2x6” rectangles and had square corners. It is very difficult and expensive to locate this original design, but only a true historian could possibly notice the difference. Only produced in white until the 1930s, there are now many colors available.

The restoration of older homes has become quite popular, and the preservation of the original style has revived the interest in subway tile. Typically used in bathrooms, subway tile can be used on the walls or floor, and when paired with the traditional claw-foot bathtub and pedestal sink, it recreates the early 20th century bungalow appeal.

Subway tile can be incorporated into modern, contemporary décor as well. Available in many colors, it is now popular as a classy backsplash or wall trim. Installing the tiles in a column design adds a modern twist and melds the centuries together.

It could be argued that subway tile is used primarily in the restoration of older homes, but it shouldn’t be limited to just this application. It is quickly becoming the unique way to dress up a kitchen or bathroom by adding some traditional flair. It doesn’t seem to matter whether a home is a modern contemporary, or a classic bungalow, subway tiles are definitely in and trendy. Call a certified contractor today to receive a free-estimate for your restoration project.

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