12 Different Ways to Lay Subway Tile

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1. Herringbone at 90 Degrees
The classic herringbone pattern just tilted 90 degrees. It works well for a taller space, like a shower, to create a vertical and horizontal pattern rather than just one large pattern that can be overwhelming.

2. Step Ladder
Imagine this look like stepping stones in a step ladder. This one looks awesome in a surround shower pattern and makes the space feel larger and more open. It’s definitely a different layout and not one you see often, makes a great statement.

3. Classic Subway
In this design, the tile is stacked like bricks. This is how subway tile was first started and adds a timeless look to any space.

4. Geometric Look
This fun look is easy to create by placing two horizontal tiles next to two vertical tiles. It creates a geometric pattern which adds boldness while still maintaining a classic feel.

5. Classic with a Twist
Shake the classic subway tile up with a little twist! All you do with this is take the traditional subway tile, stacked like bricks and rotate it at a 45-degree angle. This twist on the classic adds a surprise in the kitchen because it’s so unique and not expected.

6. Stacked Vertical
Pretty simple one here, stack the tiles vertically on top and beside each other. Because of the vertical pattern, it can make the ceilings feel taller and works well behind your counters.

7. 90 Degree Classic
Rotate the classic stacked subway tile 90 degrees, and you’ve got a whole new look to the classic subway tile design. This design helps enlarge the room and makes a statement in your space that’s more fun than the traditional design.

8. Stacked Tile
Similar to the stacked vertical, except now the tile is stacked horizontally. This look works well with a modern design and open wood shelving that creates pleasing horizontal lines throughout the kitchen.

9. Stacked Vertical Alternating
To create a new variation of the classic subway look, alternate the tiles vertically. It creates height underneath your counters and changes up the typical horizontal pattern.

10. Classic Herringbone
The tiles are diagonal and create a cool pattern. It makes any wall pop and works as an accent wall. We do the herringbone pattern a lot for our own homes and clients floor tile. It’s a classic and I don’t think will ever go out of style.

11. Stacked Horizontal Alternating
Just like the stacked vertical alternating, alternate the tiles horizontally. This is more of a classic look, yet still, creates a unique pattern that looks great in a laundry room or bathroom.

12. Herringbone at 45 degrees
For this look, take #10 and rotate it 45 degrees. This is a good pattern for a smaller bath or kitchen; this one keeps your eyes moving throughout the room making it seem bigger.

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  • Subway Tile

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  • Wendy Wendy on Feb 04, 2018
    I'd love to see how they each look!
  • Beth Beth on Mar 20, 2020

    #3 is called the Roman block.

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