Subway Tile Love

It’s fair to say that I am partial to subway set tile (it is sometime called “brick set” for the obvious reason). I have not deviated from using it exclusively anytime we have tiled something. Variety might be the spice of life, but in this case I will keep the variety in the tile selected, not the application. Why do I love it so? It’s timeless, simple and easy on the eyes. I have a hard time labeling my style when asked (because droves of people stop me in the streets to ask what the name of my personal home decor style is… 🙂 ) but the thing I always gravitate towards is simple, clean with just a tiny bit of visual interest, & subway tile meets that criteria perfectly.  Here are a few of my favorite applications:

 aqua subway tile{originally found on Ashlee Raubach Photography}

white subway tile and open shelves{originally found on House Beautiful}

white subway tile and an open kitchen{originally found on Feast}


I don’t mean to be one of those women who is always praising her husband on facebook and saying how “Uhhhhhmaaazing he is”. I am always a little suspect about that stuff…So, at the risk of sounding obnoxious, my husband actually gets first place for my favorite application on subway tile ever. I told him that Ann Sacks was making wood tile that just happens to be totally beautiful (like everything they make) and outlandishly spendy (like everything they make) & did he think he could make some? Turns out he can, out of leftover Ikea butcher block no less. (while we are on the subject, I woke up at 3am last night and noticed the lights on out front, got up to check things out and found him finishing up canning the last of 48 quarts of spaghetti sauce – this is no lie). So here is the wood tile he made for our bathroom backsplash:

diy wood subway tile

Jeff made the whole vanity. There are metal brackets underneath the wood slab and he dropped that sink from Ikea in a hole he cut in the top. A word of caution though for those of you DIY’ers out there. If you buy an Ikea sink you should also buy their faucet’s. We didn’t & learned the hard way that there is a European standard vs. a US standard when it comes to the sink/drain components, which equals an expensive make-shift plumbing job and extra time to boot.


Jeff also did a mini-sub set as the back splash in our other bathroom. I think it turned out really cute:

mini white subway tile

I don’t want to bore you, so I’ll save the other 3 applications of subway tile we put in this house for another post! If you missed my post showing the subway tile in our kitchen you can read it here.