Interior Inspo: Subway Tile Patterns

November 9, 2017
subway tiles pattern inspiration

A LITTLE HOUSE UPDATE! — If you follow along on Instagram you’ll probably be up to speed, but finally, FINALLY, our kitchen is in. Wahoo! Still can’t believe we’re here. We’ve only been waiting since April. Yep…it’s November now. LONG. A little piece of advice for you guys: don’t rip out your kitchen until you’ve got your new one on its way… It’s still a work in progress but we’ve got a functioning hob, oven and running water in the sink so to me, it’s a kitchen! I promise, I am going to show it all to you all on here soon, but I really want it to look a little more ‘together’ first, which leads me on to my next point… tiles.


We’ve gone for a matte black IKEA kitchen with a marble quartz workshop and we’re currently in the process of doing the tiling. I say 'we', Ed's doing the tiling. Or at least he's done a solid job of starting it but the windows and corners are proving super tricky and have so we're going to need someone to come and finish those!


We've got for textured white subway tiles on the walls, only, laid a little differently to create something a bit more unique with more of a Scandi aesthetic. I can't wait to show it all off when it's finished but I thought in the meantime I'd share some of the cool subway tiles ideas that I've seen in this post, to both show you our thought process and to inspire you, if you might be doing up a kitchen or bathroom. Would love to know if you have any favourites! 

Running bond ➢

This is your most common style, the running bond pattern whereby the tiles are offset like brickwork. It's super versatile, timeless, and you can easily make it a little more unique with coloured grouting — I'd love a blush pink grout!

running bond subway tiles

Stack bond ➢

An alternative to your standard subway tiles style, the stack bond pattern lines all the tiles up straight, giving you a more contemporary, Scandi-inspired look.

stack bond tiles

Herringbone tiles ➢

Make the tiles into more of a room feature with a herringbone pattern. Also looks great as a diagonal pattern on either a 45-degree or 90-degree slant - giving you that jagged edge at the top if you go for a half wall.

herringbone subway tiles

Vertical subway tiles  ➢

Turn the regular subway tiles pattern 90-degrees to create this vertical, sharper look.

vertical subway tiles

Vertical stack bond tiles ➢

Something a bit different that really elevates the basic subway tile, a vertical stack bond pattern gives a sleek and slightly utilitarian-inspired finish. Looks great with longer or teeny-tiny tiles too.

vertical stack bond tiles

All images via Pinterest

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