Wednesday, September 29

Subway tile KITCHENS

I am pretty excited about a big project we have going on around the house for late this winter, a remodel. I have already chosen new doors, a contractor (most importantly) and now I am dreaming about all the extra room we will have in the kitchen, and taking the whole room to the next level. I want a modernized country look. And I am smitten by the subway tile explosion look. You?

Love the texture of the counters and apron sink, and the rough floors, so rustic and cool.

An industrial looking tiled wall with the living room softness peaking out...looking to recreate this vibe.

Especially love the grey green cabinet color here, although ours would be a more traditional style, b/c we are keeping our cabinets. But a hardware change is in order! Brass, purdy.

I love that it is even above the doors and windows, that is what I was thinking for our place.

White cabinets and white counter tops balance out the dark grout here, and looks more traditional.

Especially love the dark grout, for a more industrial vibe, and that it takes the whole wall, not just for the back splash.

Remember this kitchen? From Martha Stewart Living? Great galley kitchen with light grout, (more refined and sophisticated maybe?) and wood counter tops. I think I am in love. I love this combo, exactly the right mix. That line of black tile is very important style wise, and I would also add a detail like that if we go with this look. I think the key is to have something stainless and industrial thrown in, so hardware and hopefully a fridge for us. Oh, and lighting, something vintage, huge and, you guessed it, industrial.

Which do you like? Do you have tile work like this in your home? What is your advice?


  1. Oh yeah, I'm loving these! I've been begging my hubs for a backsplash forever! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Lila Ferraro

  2. Subway tile is so classic, yet can be made as funky as you see fit. Not a homeowner myself, I can't wait to live vicariously through your kitchen remodel choices!

  3. Subway tile is my fantasty among fantasies. I also love it with the light grout as I think it makes the room look bigger. Couple this with the wood counters and that glorious black line?? Forget it, I'm moving in.

  4. The hardware on those gray/green cabinets is awesome. I mean, when was the last time you saw such sleek gold/brass hardware? It looks so right.

  5. I love subway tiles, they have that wonderful classic/retro feel, but can still look very chic and contemporary. Can't wait to see pics of the finished room!

  6. Subway tiles rock! :) You can't go wrong with them. Love all the beautiful pictures you posted...great inspiration. We're remodeling our guest bath with subway tiles that we stumbled upon at Home Depot. (Yep, they now carry marble subway tiles for less than half the price of what you find at specialty tile shops.) Keep us posted with progress!

  7. I love your inspiration pics Michelle, these are stunning spaces. I also love it that you want to go floor to ceiling with the tile. I think the impact is huge and really takes the simple subway tile to an altogether new level, plus it is pure smarts to do this in a easy to clean and totally functional, We used subway tiles in our basement bathroom and did the very same application-floor to ceiling. I couldn't be happier with the result. We also went the route of the darker grout, almost a chocolate brown and with three boys, a husband, and a dog this choice has been a lifesaver.

    I can't wait to watch your project unfold!

  8. My mom put subway tile in her downstairs bathroom a few years ago. She used white grout and did the work herself and it turned out great! It has a really cute old fashioned look to it, I think!

  9. The last shot is perfect. I'm also loving white, wood, metal, and black for a kitchen. With those four you can't go wrong.

  10. I'm a big subway tile fan too! One day they will exist in a house of mine!

  11. This is a beautiful post. I am OBSESSED with subway tiles and would love to have them in our kitchen!

    I can't even pick a favorite because I love all of the images you have shared.

  12. Hi there Michelle ; )
    Thanks for stopping by Nero.
    Gorgeous blog you've got here and oh goody, enter a kitchen reno!
    I agree with all that you can't go wrong with subway tiles and if these images are any indication, you're on the right track to greatness.
    I can't wait to see how it turns out.
    Cheers, Alcira

    Btw, "ball'n" striped room is Martha Angus -- you should check out the rest of it, so, so good.

  13. I'm loving the sick in the first photo...and everything about the third! Great images.

  14. You got my vote: bright, clean & classic, & what I dream about putting in my little 30s bungalow kitchen some day...

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  16. Tiles is really classic and complex. I also planning to set subway tiles in my kitchens. But I can't find best person who do that very well.

  17. Thanks for the share. Great stuff, just nice!

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