There’s a lot going on in Casa Mangold and no room is being left untouched. The next big step in the kitchen is the backsplash and we want to go with something clean, crisp and classic. Queue: the white subway tile. You’d think that picking out a simple white subway tile would be easy, but there are literally hundreds to choose from. We’re looking for one with a little pizzaz to it. Something that still keeps the classic white subway look, but may also have you questioning – are these handmade? Did little Italian grandma’s craft these with their own experienced hands? But ya know… also keeping the price to a reasonable budget. I don’t think that’s too much to ask!
We’ve compiled our Top 4 contenders for unique and untraditional white subway tiles to elevate your kitchen.
- This Beveled Ceramic Wall Tile will add a geometric component to your space with this beautiful angled look. This cut comes in both a large 4×10 and smaller 3×6 size which gives you a ton of design options. When done in the classic subway tile layout, it can also give a brick-like look. Lining a bunch of these tiles together is such a beautiful look that will add depth to any room. Plus without hard lines, they’ll still be easy to clean.
- The Glossy Textured Ceramic Wall Tile gives off beautiful handmade artisan vibes and this photo really doesn’t give this tile the justice it deserves. While the photo doesn’t show it, is actually a little shinier than the other tile options. This narrow tile adds an element of drama and uniqueness that definitely makes you think they’re more expensive than they are.
- Don’t let the White Polished Ceramic Tile fool you. This subway tile is large, clocking in at 6 x18. This larger than life tile brings a ton of drama and lets you know it’s here to be seen. The name of the game here is texture and this tile gives off a water-like look that relaxes any space.
- Not to be outdone, the Pure Snow Glass Tile is a beautiful option to soften any space. The glass look will give your kitchen dimension while also keeping to feminine, chic vibe. This tile would be perfect for a small kitchenette or powder bathroom.
Why we didn’t consider stone tiles when looking at unique and untraditional white subway tiles.
I’ll be the first to say I love the look of stone and adore the look of it in a kitchen, but it comes with it’s own difficulties. Namely, cleanup. As a general rule, we try to avoid any textures in the kitchen that we aren’t able to easily wipe clean. As beautiful stone and brick are, even when painted they have several grooves for grease and dust to get stuck in. They’re likely also going to be incredibly porous and even with the standard sealing maintenance can still be prone to stains and discoloration. If we can’t easily clean it, we crossed it off the list.