7 Fresh Takes on Subway Tile

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A classic tile gets a refreshing look

If you’re looking to tile a kitchen backsplash or a bathroom wall, you can’t go wrong with the classic subway tile and its recognizable pattern.

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But what if you were to move those subway tile around like pieces of a puzzle? Suddenly that same subway tile shape takes on new dynamics. Here are seven ways to rethink this classic shape but with a fresh kick.


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Running Bond

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Straight Herringbone

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Stack Bond (horizontal)

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Stack Bond (vertical)

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Traditional Herringbone

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Sweeten is a free service that matches renovators with vetted general contractors, helping until project completion. Check out the subway tile Meredith chose for her bathroom renovation and read her story.

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