Horizontally Stacked Tile
For the first subway tile bathroom design, we stacked the tile horizontally. This clean and simple option works just as well for kitchen backsplashes as it does for shower walls.
We opted for white, but if you really want to make the tile stand out, use a dark gray or black grout to give the room a more industrial or masculine feel.
Vertically Stacked Tile
Vertical stacking of subway tile is a popular style these days. By offsetting the tile, you’re creating a unique look that can withstand the test of time.
In this third pattern, we’ve taken a herringbone motif and turned it on its side for a stair-stepper effect. Carrying it seamlessly from the tub to the shower gives the bathroom a cohesive look.
Mixed Tile Styles
If you’re ready to mix it up, there are plenty of other tile options to choose from. Subway tile now comes in an endless assortment of colors, finishes and materials. On this backsplash, we used a brick repeat in blue subway tile, then the white ceramic subway tile was vertically stacked in between.
Basket Weave Tile
The basket weave design is probably the most playful and updated of all the options. For a bolder look, try using two different colors of subway tile. An aqua blue or blush pink tile would pack a colorful punch on a shower wall — making it a fun choice for a kid’s bathroom.