September 13, 2019 | Updated: July 4, 2022


How to lay subway tiles

Subway tiles seem to be everywhere lately, and it’s not very hard to see why. They are timeless, stylish and suit many décor styles perfectly, ranging from farmhouse to industrial style. They come in a range of colours and shades, so you can easily find those that appeal to you and match the rest of your interior décor. Also, they can be laid in different ways, using patterns to make bathroom and kitchen walls a stunning focal point.  Here are our favourite ways to lay subway tiles.

1. Stacked horizontal 

If your style is more modern than classical, this subway tile layout is definitely for you due to its minimalist lines and functional design. Combine them with larger-sized tiles and neutral wood and white décor to achieve an astonishing effect.

2. Stacked vertical 

If you want to make the room look taller than it is, you may consider installing subway tiles vertically. It elongates the height of the room and adds a glamorous touch to any space, creating an airy and spacious feel.

3. Classic

Pictured here is the classic subway tile layout you’ve seen a million times before both in kitchens and bathrooms. In this design, the tiles are stacked like bricks, overlapping one another, forming a pattern that brings a sense of calmness and serenity to the room.

4. One-third offset

This design is fabulous if you like the traditional offset, but want something a little different. In this case, bricks are offset by one-third of the width of the tile, creating diagonal lines that lengthen the space.

5. Herringbone pattern

Although the herringbone pattern has been around for a long time, right now it is enjoying a moment of remarkable popularity. This design, also known as the zigzag pattern, is an excellent way to add a little movement to any space and functions superbly as an accent wall behind the vanity units or as a kitchen tile backsplash.

6. Step ladder

Finally, consider turning the herringbone pattern 45 degrees. This design is perfect for small spaces, as it makes them appear more spacious than they actually are by using diagonal lines to direct the eye towards a focal point.


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