The humble brick tile is a design classic. Also known as a subway tile, it first found popularity after it was used throughout the subways of New York in the early 1900s. It quickly became sought after, a popular choice in pre-war homes thanks to its simple aesthetic, easy clean properties and that it was affordable. Tastes have evolved over the last 100 years, but the popularity of brick tiles remains, spurred on by the plethora of colours and finishes that have revitalised this classic style. Depending on the tile you choose, these tiles can look equally at home in kitchens, bathrooms and hallways in traditional and contemporary homes.
Whilst is can be tempting to opt for a regular white brick, why not update the look with something a little more unexpected? A soft grey can be just as accommodating as pure white, but add a little extra polish. A deep navy blue or indigo will add a sense of drama – a glossy surface will ensure that they continue to reflect light. Have you considered the finish? A soft crackle glaze works well in vintage inspired spaces whilst a lustrous effect appears a little more glamorous. Metallic effects are also en vogue, with luxurious gold with an aged patina, proving to be a particularly stylish choice.
The choices don’t end there, though. You can also transform the look of your subway tile by using an interesting grout. You’ll definitely have seen pure white bricks contrasted with grey or black grout, but it doesn’t need to stop there. Why not try something truly show stopping, such as a gold grout? Gold grout looks great with Mint tiles.
Change up the format too by choosing a long brick tile, or little half tiles which offer extra charm as a miniature version! Or install them differently – perhaps in a chevron or herringbone pattern for a chic effect. Whatever you choose, rest assured that brick tiles will be around for many years to come.