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
Image: Farrow & Ball
For those who know me well, it’s no secret that I love the color black. Seriously, I loooovvvvveeee it. It’s in heavy rotation in my closet. It’s peppered throughout my home. It’s how I take my coffee.
There’s just something about black that always works so well. It’s saturated, striking, and instantly modern. Whenever I need to add a dramatic element to any space, it’s one of the first color choices I consider. I feel like a lot of people tend to shy away from black because it’s just “too much”, but I’m telling you…you just need to go for it. Need a few examples for inspiration? Look no further…
Image: The Brick House
Nothing makes my heart happier than a black brick fireplace set against bright white walls. In fact, I have this exact scenario happening in my own living room. Paired with natural wood floors, this color choice is a no-brainer.
Image: Cote Maison
Black ceilings, anyone? I know, sounds a little scary when you just say it but seeing is believing. Personally, I think this is a great choice for basements, considering dark ceilings help to create a cozy, den-like feel. Two recommendations when going this route: keep the walls white and the floors light.
Image: Amber Interiors
Yes, black can work in a bathroom! Even a small one, at that. Just be sure that you have adequate lighting from a well-placed window. White and brass accents are a must.
Image: UR Design
I’ve never met a black kitchen cabinet that I didn’t like. In a high-traffic zone notorious for spills, stains, and fingerprints, black is honestly one of the best color choices out there. Plus, it just looks SO darn good with other natural wood elements.
Image: Coco Cozy
This. Entryway. Using a contrasting black under the chair rail is a brilliant move. And don’t even get me started on that black door. The result is unexpected, yet so very sophisticated. Heart emojis, all the way.
Mindy Bucklew/Simply Grove Contributor
You may have already spotted this kitchen making it’s way through Pinterest, but I just I had to share! I have already had a thing for dark painted cabinets, so naturally I am 100% behind the design of this space…especially because of that green! This Classic English Kitchen project is the new Peckham Rye Kitchen by deVOL. If luxe and bohemian can be used together, then it is the perfect description for this kitchen. The combination of the dark green and the marble is a simply stunning. Not to mention the use of lighting and art. Which leads me to this- displaying art in your kitchen is 100% awesome! Especially when you have a more streamline kitchen. Vintage fine art can bring a softness to the space that sometimes is forgotten.
So seeing this kitchen, we’ve learned a few valuable lessons-
1. Art in a kitchen is fabulous.
2. Vintage lighting in a modern kitchen is also fabulous.
3. Dark cabinets are everything.
4. Brass is still hot.
5. And green never fails!
See more of this kitchen here.
Kitchens are always on my mind. Mostly because they are my absolute favorite room to style and design. There’s so much that you can do in a kitchen. From kitchen organization to styling to creating stylish zones that help with your everyday use of the kitchen. One topic that comes up often with clients is how much is too much on the counter? I think it depends on who you are and how you live your life. I’m a minimalist so I tend to keep a little less on my counter. Here are a few things that I can’t live without on my counter-
1. Toaster Over. We use this for a lot of things. And it’s white so it blends in.
2. Wooden Cutting Boars. You can stack them against your backsplash so they don’t take up counter space.
3. Plants. Because they’re so pretty.
4. Wooden Utensils. They’re stylish and practical.
5. Juicer. I juice every.day.
6. A tray of cooking oils and spices. They are also used everyday.
Images: Grey and Scout, Stadshem, Coco Lapine Design.
What are your most used items in the kitchen?