Subway Tile in Brandywine ValleyIn 1904, New York City opened its first subway system. Besides launching a new form of public transportation, this also introduced a new tile style known as subway tile. Over a hundred years later, subway tile is used in numerous ways for both commercial and residential spaces. Consider if subway tile is right for your Kennett Square home.

About Subway Tile

Subway tile is distinguished by its size and shape. It is typically 3 x 6 inches, but more generally it comes in dimensions where the length is twice as long as the width. Ceramic is the most common material, but the tiles can also be made from glass, marble, or metal. Subway tile has a wide variety of colors, textures, and finishes. Classic subway tile has a white color and is made from ceramic.

Using Subway Tile In Your Home

Bathroom Subway Tile in Brandywine Valley

Subway tile is durable and easy to maintain, making it a popular choice for multiple areas of the home. It is commonly used for kitchen and bathroom backsplashes, as well as shower tiles, and for fireplaces. When designing your space, choose white ceramic for a clean, minimalistic look. Alternatively, use glass tile to turn your backsplash or shower into the centerpiece of the room.

The options are practically endless when designing with subway tile. Go for a monochromatic design, or use two or more colors. Select a grout color that blends in with the tile, or choose a contrasting grout for a unique look. Additionally, explore all the different tile patterns that can be used. There’s no limit to creativity when using subway tile.


Homeowners typically need to replace the grouting around subway tiles before the tiles themselves. This depends on the location they are used in and the amount of water they are exposed to. For showers and backsplashes, it is important to clean both the tiles and the grouting. Use a tile brush to scrub the grout and remove buildup from soap scum or oil.

Get Started

If you are looking to install subway tile in your home, call the experts at Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley. We provide free in-home design consultations and bring hundreds of samples in our mobile flooring showroom. Our design associates will help you select the perfect tile for your space, and our installers take all the possible steps to give you the smoothest installation process.

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