Be Design Different: Subway Tile Alternatives for Kitchens

Be Design Different: Subway Tile Alternatives for Kitchens

Nancy Mitchell
Apr 28, 2016

Bored with subway tile? Looking for new alternatives for your kitchen (or for anywhere else in your house)? Here are five gorgeous options, in a huge array of colors and patterns so you're sure to find something that's right for you.

Shown above: These grey zeillige tiles are the perfect choice for a country kitchen, from West Elm via Cle Tile. (Cle has a collection of zellige tiles in a huge variety of colors.)

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Shiny Moroccan zellige tiles, seen here in Justina Blakeney's kitchen, from The Jungalow, are glazed terra cotta tiles that come in a huge variety of colors.

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The subtle texture of zellige tiles makes them an interesting choice even in more muted colors (as seen in this kitchen by Joris van Apers).

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If you're fond of color you might also try glass tiles, whose colors have a beautiful depth and radiance. You see these a lot in very modern kitchens but they're also at home in more traditionally styled spaces, as seen on Entrance Makleri.

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Grey glass subway tile in a kitchen from Subway Tile Outlet.

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A blue glass tile backsplash adds beauty and radiance to a kitchen from Houzz.

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If you're feeling bold, cement tile (also called encaustic tile) is the perfect way to add color and pattern to a modern kitchen, as seen on My Domaine. (If you like the look, check out our roundup of sources for encaustic tile.)

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A patterned cement tile backsplash in a kitchen from Lovely Life.

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The colors in this kitchen from The Style Files are simple but the pattern is no less bold.

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The traditional oblong shape of subway tile, rendered in marble, adds a touch of luxury to any kitchen, as seen on Design Sponge.

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This marble tile backsplash from Ohara Davies-Gaetano contrasts beautifully with modern steel shelves.

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Why not explore new shapes? Marble takes on an entirely different look with these fishscale tiles, spotted on Desire to Inspire.

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Diamond tiles from Academy Tiles, arranged in a tumbling block pattern, are the perfect touch for a modern kitchen.

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These little hex tiles, spotted on Design Sponge, are the perfect way to add just a little extra texture.

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