Subway Tile Makes a Comeback in Kitchens, Baths

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Photo credit: Karen Eubank, Eubank Staging & Design

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Glassy subway tile is nothing new, but it’s coming back stronger in kitchens and bathroom remodels in whites or bolder geometric patterns.

“It’s classic, and a classic always remains,” says Karen Eubank, an interior designer with Eubank Staging & Design in Dallas. Richard Hoey, president and CEO of Active Renter, a property management company that renovates single-family homes, says he’s noticing a change from simple, white subway tile to the use of more eccentric geometric shapes, such as in the kitchen where the rest of the space has a minimalist design.

“The juxtaposition between the overall simplicity of the room and the energy of the tiles really makes them stand out as a centerpiece,” Hoey says.

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Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. It’s so good to see subway tile making a comeback and a round of applause to those who kept what they loved, despite designer suggestions their spaces were antiquated. Thanks for posting.

  2. So crazy how many styles come back around. I’m hoping the red and brown walls don’t circle back around. Many people are put off by them .

  3. I have always loved the look of subway tile. Excited to see the resurgence of subway tile into mainstream home design once again.

  4. Subway Tile Will Always Be Times-less!