Subway Tiles

Although it's been over a century since these iconic tiles were first introduced into the New York Subway system, designers' fascination with Subway tiles doesn't show any signs of fading. In fact, they're a popular addition to kitchens and bathrooms in both contemporary and traditional homes, not just in Melbourne, or Australia, but around the globe. They made the transition from the subterranean stations to pre-war houses, mainly due to their simple aesthetics, and their practicality.


When the New York Subway system opened for business back in 1904, no-one ever thought that the utilitarian rectangular ceramic tile featured in the underground stations would one day become a household name. Chosen by architects, George C. Heins and Christopher Grant La Farge for their versatility, durability and easy to clean characteristics, these characteristics mean that they're still a great choice for anyone who wants a clean and simplistic look for their home, business or public space. If you're struggling to picture exactly what Subway tiles look like, then picture small rectangular tiles shaped rather like envelopes, with some of them having a bevelled edge. 

For one of the best selections of subway tiles, Melbourne based tile experts Yeomans Bagno & Ceramiche should be your first port of call, as we offer you the opportunity to see the quality of our subway tiles for yourself, and can offer you practical advice on how to lay them. In addition to the traditional, iconic white gloss, we have collections of Subway tiles in a selection of warm complementary colours, ranging from the softest eggshells through to fire engine red. There are also minimalist glossy black and white Subway tiles, some of which are made with the classic bevelled edge.

However, you don't have to stick to just one colour. The beauty of these tiles is that they can be mixed and matched to create your own custom designs, plus they can be used with the same colour or a completely contrasting grout. Furthermore, if you want to take inspiration from the New York Subway artists, these tiles look absolutely superb when they're laid with either decorative or mosaic tiles.

Subway Tiles Melbourne adds a traditional and comforting feel to your home, but it shows that you have your finger on the pulse when it comes to tiling trends. They're perfect for kitchen splashbacks and counters, for creating a simple, minimalist look for your bathroom, or for going crazy and using a range of colours and textures to create your own custom look for your home. And the best thing? They're really easy to keep looking good for years and years to come.

If you'd like to see our range of Melbourne Subway tiles in situ, why not call into our Eltham tile showroom? We're full of great ideas on how to get the most out of Subway tiles to create stunning walls and floors for your home.

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