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Old Is New Again With Subway Tile

subway tiles in kitchenLooking for something to make your kitchen or bath look new? Try subway tile! First used nearly a century ago, subway tile is making a comeback and making homes across the country look great. 

Subway tile earned its name after gracing the walls of the New York Subway system more than 100 years ago. It found its way into bungalows and historic homes in the 1920’s, where it quickly became very popular. But throughout the years, more and more homeowners removed it, thinking it looked old and outdated. Little did they know, homeowners today are paying to have it installed once again. Such is the case in one of the homes we built in Richmond Heights, Missouri. Hibbs Homes designed and built a cute bungalow that included subway tile in the kitchen and three bathrooms. We hadn’t installed it before, but after seeing the finished look, something tells me we’ll be installing more in the years ahead.

subwaytileSubway tile is 3″x6″ and is installed in a brick pattern. It comes in a variety of finishes, from the traditional white of yesteryear, to the popular glass of today. If you want to turn back the clock, go with the standard white glossy tile. If used in a bath, add one-inch hex tile on the floor. The combination is beautiful, especially if installed with a pedestal sink and/or a claw foot bathtub.  For a more modern or contemporary look, use glass subway tile. The cost of the product varies depending on the finish, but it’s usually considered “mid-grade” tile.

Our clients in Richmond Heights paired wooden and granite countertops with these great, white cabinets from Ikea for their all white kitchen.

The design possibilities with subway tile are limitless. All you need is a little imagination. It’s available at home improvement and flooring stores in your neighborhood. Because of the brick pattern, it can be a little more difficult to install. If you’re building a new home or renovating an existing one, ask your builder about subway tile. It’s a fun and attractive addition to any home. 

One of our favorite TV home builders is a HUGE fan of subway tile. Nicole Curtis, star of Rehab Addict, uses subway tile in just about any home she can. As a restoration expert, she suggests not designing with trendy materials. Choosing classic pieces will not date your home as years go by. Check out this video of Nicole installing her favorite subway tile and her recommendation of grout color to use in showers.

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