The bathroom is one of the most heavily used rooms in a house as well as one of the most important to a property’s value, and that’s why it’s so important to find the right interior design for the room – and subway tile has proven a popular option for decades to achieve a great look.
As the name suggests, subway tile is based on the identically sized small rectangular tiles that first burst into popularity lining the walls of subways in the United States in the 1900’s. Homeowners loved the clean, elegant appearance and started to mimic it by using similar tiles in their bathrooms, and ever since subway tile has only grown in use for homes large and small.
A great choice for subway tile is use a white ceramic tile, usually in sizes of 3×6, that can be turned into anything from entire wall coverings to backsplashes and more. Using a soft white hue for such tiling is best paired with similarly white-colored flooring, units and fittings in the room. It creates a bright, inviting space that also projects an important image of cleanliness.
But designers don’t need to limit their choices to the same rectangular tiles, as other options are available for the bathroom including marble and quartz tiles of different shapes and colors in order to create a classic, welcoming appearance that will last for years to come.
For example, a potentially higher cost option is to use marble tiles for walls or backsplashes. Marble is a fairly versatile and sturdy natural stone that can be produced in different shapes and sizes. An interesting bathroom design is to use hexagonal marble tiles of the same size, produced in white but with the trademark gray and black flecks commonly found in marble. This eye-catching design pairs well with a wide range of interior fittings, including wooden cabinets with white countertops.
One caveat to consider when choosing between ceramic tile and marble tile is that a marble project will not only likely cost more, but marble can be more prone to scratching and staining. Marble tiles might also require a greater level of maintenance than ceramic tiles that are easy to clean.
As an alternative to both subway tile and marble tile, consider the use of simple white quartz countertops. Quartz is a natural stone that is abundant around the world, so can be produced at lower cost than marble countertops. It’s also more durable and less prone to scratching and staining than marble, making it a great choice for bathrooms that see a lot of heavy use.
An elegant look for a bathroom can be achieved by using plain white quartz countertops that pair well with dark wooden floors for a simplistic yet stylish appearance.
Subway tile, marble tile, and quartz counters are just three ways that homeowners can create a beautiful bathroom, giving designers a massive range of options no matter the budget. All three styles can easily be adapted to new furniture or fittings, providing a wonderfully consistent backdrop that will be versatile enough to always the bathroom a beautiful place.