7 Beautiful Ways to Use Subway Tile in Your Home

Classic, polished and clean, subway tile is like the “French manicure” of wall tile. In the past decade, subway tile has surged in popularity due to its versatility in complementing any space. When used in combination with starkly different design elements, subway tile allows the rest of the room to “speak” while making a subtle statement itself.
We’ve compiled just a few rooms that inspire us to install subway tiling in our homes. Which look is your favorite?



The reclaimed wooden elements are the focus of this kitchen when paired with the subway tile backsplash. The tile’s long and narrow sizing creates a unique contemporary look that complements the rustic elements of the room.


Photo by KitchenLab Design | Rebekah Zaveloff Interiors – Search traditional kitchen design ideas


This kitchen’s tiled walls don’t beg for all the attention, acting as the perfect backdrop to anchor the wooden window trimming and other surrounding traditional elements.


Photo by – Discover traditional kitchen design ideas
Complete with a yellow Labrador dog, this space represents a timelessly classic kitchen design. The beveled tile in the backsplash gives the wall some depth, making the white coloring more interesting to the eye. By using a white grout to set the tiles, individual tiles are not differentiated from each other and provide a clean looking design.


Photo by AN Builders Pty Ltd – Browse contemporary bathroom photos
Grout color becomes a design element when the tile covers this much of a room’s surface area. To create a uniform look with a highly contrasting black floor, the subway tile was laid in a grey grout. By outlining individual tiles the bathroom boasts a sophisticated minimalist design.


Photo by Highmark Builders – Browse traditional bathroom photos
An interesting twist on the traditional look, this shower is lined with elongated subway tiles cut from marble stone. Using tiles made of a material similar to the hexagon flooring gives the bathroom a comprehensive look.


Photo by Duet Design Group – Look for transitional bathroom design inspiration
Wondering what to pair with a bold, geometric floor tile? The simplicity of this shower backsplash creates an enduring look that has a modern, exceptional flair.


By mix and matching colors and shapes, this shower looks more like a contemporary art museum than a bathroom wall. Tiles made of glass give this shower an unpredictable design twist.

Freshly Styled


Interior stylists–names like Glen Proebstel and Lotta Agaton–are some of my favorite go-to’s for design inspiration. They accomplish both marketing and art in one fell swoop, selling the idea that messy covers are chic and chipping paint is glamorous. Maybe what I love the most is the way the stylists make their spaces look worn-in and realistic, while boldly implementing whimsical details (white balloons never looked so beautiful, am I right?)

 (Styled by Lotta Agaton)

 (Styled by Lotta Agaton)

With summer around the corner, I’ve been consumed with imagery of bedrooms that look freshly abandoned–covers untucked and windows uncovered. The repetitive white and cobalt blue color palette stands clean and simple next to highly textured surfaces. The combination exudes something like quiet, carefree confidence, don’t you think?

 (Styled by Glen Proebstel)

(Styled by Glen Proebstel)

This spring, let an Eheart designer help you accomplish a fresh new look and feel for your bedroom.

Accessories…Forever Romantic: White

While red is the classic romantic color, white is my color of choice. Complimenting colors you have already chosen for you home, you are able to enjoy them all year around. Add these white Komaki Poofs, by Global Views, (right photo) as an ottoman in front of your sofa, or maybe two at the foot of your bed. Toss a couple of the Komaki Balls (left photo) on a side chair or sofa and instantly add an elegance that is fun yet soft.

Affordable can be Fabulous: Granite Groups 1 & 2

Continuing on my blog two weeks ago about our granite groups. I promised to show you some great designs at all price levels.

These granites have been some of the most commonly used granites for generations for a reason! Great for that person who wants earth tones on those items that aren’t so easily changable, yet allowing you to have fun with the other elements in the room; cabinets, backsplash tile, floor material, paint colors, window treatments, etc. These great neutral and affordable granites are perfect for house flips or that non-color commital person (aka..me)!


Ubatuba Granite – One that is hard to go wrong with and has been a leading favorite for many years. I have paired it with our walnut stained natural alder cabinets from Eheart Essentials, Allenwood Series. Using a mix of natural travertine as the main backsplash tile with accents of california gold slate to pull in the greens from the granite. To add a little color, pattern and texture I used our new fabric line, Fabricut, ‘Eclair’ for upholstered bar stools for an island or peninsula.

Here are a few more colors in Group 1 – but not limited too!


Image: Crema Carmel Granite
Image: Santa Cecelia Granite

You will once again be impressed by the wide range of colors offered in Group 2! With great versatility, these granites can be used in many style of homes. Modern, French Country, Rustic and Classic Traditional, etc. Here are just a few options.

Image: Baltic Brown Granite
Image: Tan Brown Granite
Image: Turin Gold Granite

With Group 1 granites starting at $30-35sf installed and Group 2 starting at $40-45sf installed, affordable really can be fabulous! Come into Eheart’s and take a look at the other colors offered in groups 1 and 2. One is sure to work for you! Keep posted, I will be covering more groups next week!

Dollop of Cream

“Dollop of Cream” by Sherwin Williams (#7120)
This good-enough-to-eat white has a lovely balance of butter and blush to it, making it perfect for every ultra feminine ceiling you’ve ever wanted to paint.  Make that ceiling high gloss and you’re golden.