Georgia Cannon, interior designer, weighs in

The pros: The classic 100mm x 200mm white subway tile is a cost-effective tile to buy and lay, plus it can be super customisable simply by changing layout patterns and grout colour. Choosing the right tone and glazing finish, such as smooth or antique, allows the tile to look at home in both heritage and modern bathrooms.

The cons: Subway tiles have been on trend for a while now so it can sometimes feel like they’re reaching saturation point in the market. On a practical level, small-format tiles mean more grout to clean. You can alleviate this by asking your tiler to use the thinnest possible grout width to suit the tile or by selecting a darker grout colour to disguise any stains or marks.

The verdict: Yay! When it comes down to it, the humble subway tile in the bathroom offers a great solution to the age-old problem of balancing cost, function and aesthetics!


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