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thatscandinavianfeeling subway tiles inspiration bathroom

Let’s talk about subway tiles – a great option for the bathroom which is both inexpensive and classic.

Recently, as I have been renovating my own bathroom I was trying to decide what tiles to go for in the shower and found it hard to decide… Since I wanted something budget friendly the my choice landed on subway tiles. I didn’t realise however that there was so many different options when it comes to layouts and designs to choose from (and that is even after you have to think about what colour, size, texture or pattern to go for or what grout to choose).

I love how minimal yet interesting subway tiles are, they can help give your home character and has that perfect nordic style. Because I have been searching so much around online for inspiration, I though it was a good idea to share some here with you incase you are also indecisive of what design to use in your own home. So discover below just how versa-tile (had to do that) subway tiles are! And keep an eye out for my own bathroom reveal coming soon.

Here are the different subway tile layouts to choose from:

1 Stack bond

This is a popular choice. With its clean lines and simplistic expression, stack bond subway tiles in horizontal layout are a great choice in any style home. They have a modern yet retro feel which makes them timeless.

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2 Stack bond (vertical)

When stacked vertically, the stack bond design creates an elongated effect. It therefore works great if you have a low ceiling and want to make the space feel higher. I like how chic and simple it looks.

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3 Classic herringbone

Whether it is for the floor or the wall, a herringbone patterned subway tile design can transform your bathroom into a dream. It will help create a statement feature in any space. But if you are after a Scandinavian style, I would say remember ‘less is more’ so maybe go for one wall or inside the shower only.

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4 Straight herringbone

This straight herringbone, or step ladder pattern as it is also called, creates a more unique look. An excellent choice if you want a little niche area in the bathroom like for instance the shower.

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5 Diagonal herringbone

This is another variation of the herringbone layout, this time diagonal. It is interesting to see how changing these designs up slightly can create a new pattern and style don’t you think?

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Bonus: Another way to do the herringbone design is the double style, it adds that little extra to a classic look. It is simply done by connecting two of the rectangular shaped tiles with each other. If you want something different from everyone else this is a great choice – I couldn’t find any other inspirational photos than this one so very unique.

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6 Crosshatch

This is an interesting one I haven’t seen much before, but it is one I have become very intrigued about. The crosshatch layout is minimal yet unique, and you can play around with using two or three (or more if you use longer tiles) with your layout. It reminds me bit of a quilt which feels quite comforting and nice in a bathroom.

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Bonus: This similar option to the crosshatch is also a creative one. Place your brick tile in a double weave layout for a more complex pattern that offers you something different entirely.

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7 Traditional brick bond

This layout is the most traditional version to use subway tiles and the safest choice if you want to go classic.

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8 Running brick bond (vertical)

This is exactly the same layout as the traditional brick bond above, but this time in a vertical direction. I can see this being very beautiful with longer tiles to make the room feel higher.

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9 Offset brick bond (vertical)

This is another take on the vertical brick bond style, in my eyes a bit more interesting and chic compared to the more traditional running brick bond option above.

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Bonus: Another way to do the classic brick bond layout with your tiles is a diagonal design as seen below. Also this one was hard to find images of, so a more unique style if you want to stand out from the crowd.

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10 Mix

I love the idea of mixing different patterns and layouts of the subway tiles in one space, it can help to addd character and personality to a minimal space. Be creative and bold with your choice, and play around with different textures or colours too to get the look.

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Talking about my bathroom, I will be sharing a post with the finished look and what subway tile design I chose as soon as it is finished and styled. In the meantime, you can have a look into my apartment in my recent home tour.

Did you like this post? I would be happy to do one with inspiration for other tiles or rooms – so let me know.


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