We just can't get enough of metro tiles.
Designed to resemble the tiling found in classic underground stations, metro tiles – also referred to as subway tiles – have popped up from the underground, and made their way into modern bathrooms, kitchens, cloakrooms and even home bars.
Metro tiles have become increasingly popular, owing to their versatility. They suit both modern and traditional homes, and are often found in contemporary bathroom schemes despite being around since the early 1900s.
The uniformity of subway tiles makes them perfect for use in a contemporary setting, as they create a neat, geometric backdrop.
As metro tiles are usually polished, they help bounce light around a room, making them perfect for smaller rooms – like the cloakroom.
With their simple rectangular shape they’re not just limited to the simple subway grid; mix them with a contrasting coloured tule, or arrange the tiles in a more modern formation like a herringbone pattern.
This metro tiled shower has a handy built-in alcove shelf for keeping toiletries at close hand.
Floor-to-ceiling metro tiles and a Victorian-style floor put a period spin on this modern wet room.
Get the look: The metro tiles are by Walls and Floors. The floor tiles were bought from Tons of Tiles. This is a Burlington pedestal basin.
Here, metro tiles have been configured into a more modern chevron style pattern. hexagonal floor tiles help complete the look.
Get the look: The floor tiles are from Tiles Direct. Kast Concrete Basins made the basin and RCC Furniture created the vanity unit. These are Orlanda wall sconces by Industville.
Floor to ceiling tiles emphasise the height of this room, while the monochrome colour scheme gives a sense of serenity.
Get the look: The wall tiles are from Waterworks, the roll top bath is from Sunrise Speciality and the tap is from Waterworks. The sink unit was custom-made, the basin is by Kohler and the Henry tap is by Waterworks.
The bathroom’s black and white colour scheme feels über-chic. The metro tiles offer a bright contrast to the wall colour, which actually helps make the room feel larger. The tiles are also a practical and easy way to keep this room clean.
Get the look: The Dyad sconce above the mirror is by Apparatus.
White metro tiles have been broken up with contrasting pops of black.
Get the look: For wall and floor tiles like these, try Tile Magic.
Flat matt metro tiles, dark grouting and black taps are offset by the white walls help to create an industrial feel. To smarten it up, extra-large tiles in a herringbone pattern were used.
Get the look The tiles are from Tons of Tiles. The taps are from homary.com. The bath mat is from Urban Outfitters.
Simple metro tiles along the vanity area and shower create a uniform backdrop.
Get the look: The basin and shower are from Heritage Bathrooms. The smaller mirror is an antique Venetian design from The Mint List Interior Design. The Tarovine wallpaper, soap dispenser and tumbler are by House of Hackney.
The white metro tiles along this back wall completely blend into the background, offering a simple, bright wipe-down surface that lets the Crittall style doors and encaustic tiles do the talking.
Get the look: The steel and glass wall is by Space Exploration Design. Try Mosaic del Sur for similar floor tiles. The cabinets are bespoke. The taps and shower are by Barber Wilsons & Co. The bath is vintage – try The Albion Bath Company for a similar style.
Herringbone tiles are used just to dado height. A metal framed mirror, industrial-style tap and a vanity unit that’s seemingly on wheels pulls together this industrial theme.
Get the look The tiles are from Tons of Tiles.