First used in the public transit system back in 1904, homeowners and designers have since adopted the classic subway tile with zest. Its clean, rectangular shape exudes subtle sophistication, so it’s no wonder that subway tile showers have quickly become a go-to bathroom surface finish.
Because of their versatility, you can pick any color, create contrast with grout, utilize a distinct orientation, or play with patterns. The traditional all-white tile and grout may be your cup of tea, but you my also want to play around with unique combinations, such as floral patterned white tiles or dramatic yellow tiles laid in a herringbone pattern—whatever your preference. Subway tile also comes in a diverse range of sizes from the conventional 3 by 6 inches to oversized ones. As a rule of thumb, each subway tile should be a perfect rectangle with the length twice its width.
Besides being low maintenance and durable, subway tile showers have a refined and modern look to them that will never go out of style. Their sleek and cohesive profile will streamline any bathroom, and when left unpolished, subway tiles can add texture and dimension to your shower.
We’ve curated a list of 30 subway tile showers that will be sure to dazzle you with their timeless beauty and understated style.