Finding Alternatives for Subway Tile

One thing I can say for certain: I love me some subway tile. We’ve used it on clients’ projects, our house flips and even our own master bathroom remodel. I love this tile because it’s simple but beautiful, easy on the budget and in a way pretty timeless. But, even though it’s been a tried and true option, I find myself wanting some alternatives to subway tile. When I started designing the Grand Glenora Kitchen, I realized that yes, subway tile would work perfectly, but I was craving change from the norm. Something that would still give me a clean, white backsplash, but feel refreshing and dynamic. So I started to search the web for some options and I found myself loving the more geometric mosaic tiles. Let me show you…alternatives to subway tile, white mosaic tile alternatives to subway tile, white mosaic tile alternatives to subway tile, white mosaic tile alternatives to subway tile, white mosaic tile alternatives to subway tile, white mosaic tile alternatives to subway tile, white mosaic tile alternatives to subway tile, white mosaic tile

I love some of these mosaics because they still give me that clean white look but definitely offer an alternative to the typical 3 by 6″ subway tile. You can probably tell already that the grout lines play a major role in the look and feel too. This is something I usually consider right from the initial tile design – a white grout will blend in and provide a more subtle design, whereas dark grout will really make the pattern standout.

Here are some of my favourite alternatives to subway tile that you can easily order online:
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one – white penny rounds // two – small Victorian square // three – triangular porcelain mosaic  // four – London prism mosaic // five – collegiate white porcelain mosaic // six – Victorian hexagon or honeycomb // seven – retro Broadway mosaic // eight – Fractal mosaic // nine – herringbone mosaic

Now, I probably won’t be abandoning subway tiles completely…so, if you’re like me and you still plan to use them in future projects, maybe consider the pattern for a change of scenery. I found this great cheat sheet on Pinterest that shows all the different ways you can lay out subway tile:alternatives to subway tile, white mosaic tile

I’ve tried a few of these patterns now and I really loved the result. Keep in mind, some contractors may charge a bit extra for doing a more complex layout.

What do you think of my alternatives to subway tile?! Any specific geometric mosaics that stood out? Or is there a subway tile pattern that catches your eye?? Help me decide for the Grand Glenora…PLEASE!!! 🙂

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