Subway Tile: Gloss and Matte Finish

Subway Tile

Subway Tile

The Classic look of vintage Subway Tile is being reinvigorated in homes across America. The ageless style has been in practical use since the early 1900’s, chosen to grace the walls of the New York City Subway System. Why? The same reason that these tiles are still so popular today…durability, stain resistance and clean, geometric lines that create a simplistic work of art. Traditional NYC Subway Tiles were white, glossy and flat to brighten dull underground rail spaces and reflect what little light was to be had. Today, white is still a popular choice for kitchens, backsplashes, showers, as well as pool & outdoor areas as well.

Beyond white subway tile, more bold color choices are popping up in design houses all over the country. Designers and architects agree…this traditional American tile looks stunning in shades of turquoise, blue, black and red. Design posts and social networking sites are filled with pictures of colorful porcelain and ceramic tiles that provide an updated take on an immortal look. If adding vibrant colors to your design mix isn’t in the cards, there are a variety of stunning neutral shades available as well. Although the original subway tile carried dimensions of 3” x 6”, today’s selection include many different dimensions and can be rectangular or square


Popular subway series include Rittenhouse by Daltile, Interceramic Lipstick, Daltile Festiva, Daltile Identity, American Olean Urban Canvas, American Olean Profiles and several other options as well. If you are looking to make a stylish statement, browse our collections to find the series that suits you best!


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