Image: Chris Loves Julia
When I think about subway tile the word “classic” instantly comes to mind. Specifically, white subway tile. I know, we’ve definitely been seeing a lot of it in both kitchens and bathrooms in recent years but, honestly, I think there’s good reason for that. The look is clean and minimal, it works well with practically any style, and, c’mon….it’s cheap! That word is music to anyone’s ears when they’re in the midst of a home renovation, am I right??
But aside from those reasons, subway tile is so completely versatile. By simply changing up the pattern or grout color, you can come up with a number of different looks…all of which are good! I tell ya, it’s a true style chameleon. Care to see what I mean? Take a look below…
Image: Sarah Sherman Samuel
Yes to this bathroom! Using a gray grout with a straight herringbone pattern really puts an unexpected twist on this tiled backsplash. The tiny hex floor tiles are an excellent match.
Image: Fresh Home
Ok, this tile pattern is sleek. Referred to as “stack bond”, it really doesn’t get cleaner or more modern than this. White grout is the perfect choice for keeping everything super fresh feeling.
Image: Bicker Design
When things get boring it’s time to turn everything on its head. This linear vertical pattern isn’t one that I see too often, but when it’s done right it is SO very good.
Image: Nordic Design
Can you ever go wrong with dark grout and a traditional offset pattern? Not in my book. If there’s one way to make subway tile “pop”, this is it.
Image: Inside Out
It really is true that the pattern changes everything when it comes to subway tile. This diagonal herringbone variation is so soft and pretty, don’t you think? I have a few bathroom renovations coming up in the near future and this is a strong contender. Tons of fun possibilities to think about!
Mindy Bucklew/Simply Grove Contributor
Bathrooms are on my mind right now. Most of my clients are redoing their bathrooms and creating modern masterpieces. You may remember this bathroom above that I did for a client earlier this year. It was a blank slate that we filled with clean materials. I’m doing a bathroom right now with a similar vibe but a little more pops of gold. A lot of people ask me to refer them to sites that have good inspiring bathroom images. Below are some of my fave.
Pinterest– I’ve pinned over 700 bathrooms for your enjoyment.
Remodelista– You can browse some amazing bathroom images.
Houzz– Choose between a plethora of styles and sizes.
Design Sponge– Grace and her team have featured some amazing bathrooms over the years.
Domino– We wouldn’t except anything less than incredible bathrooms.
This house tour is deeply rooted in scandinavian design. The simple neutral tones and textures throughout this home create a relaxing yet stylish space. And I love all of the simple art and pattern choices!
See the entire house tour here.
Image: My Instagram
I am working on a bathroom reno right now. The homeowners are good friends of mine that live in a 1920’s farmhouse on the outskirts of Boise. It’s an amazing amazing home that deserves a super cool bathroom. Large hexagon tiles have been on my mind a lot lately! Specifically black tiles with white grout. There is something so classy yet modern about these tiles. And mixed with the traditional subway tile…heaven.
Some other bathroom trends that are taking over right now?
Image: Blood & Champagne
1. Round Mirrors. Forget the normal rectangular mirrors and opt for a round mirror. Ikea has my favorite option right now! Shop it here.
2. Dark grout. It’s everywhere right now! And who wouldn’t love dark grout?? It hides dirt!
Image: Unfinished Home
3. Floating vanities. It’s like they are floating in the air. You can’t get more classy than this!
Image: Jacquelyn Clark
4. Brass Accents. I couldn’t leave this one out. Don’t think of brass as your grandmothers brass. Think of it as a rediscovered material that is back and is being done right this time.