Inspiration and DIY Subway Tile

Rittenhouse Square™ 3x6 Subway Tile in Architectural Gray and Almond

Photo features Rittenhouse Square™ in Architectural Gray and Almond 3 x 6 field tile in a vertical brickwork pattern on the wall



Where It All Started, Subway Tiles in the New York City Subway

Photo features a hall in a New York City Subway entrance under the Municipal Building

It's been over a hundred years since it was first introduced but subway tile's popularity has proven to be timeless. Today Daltile carries one of the largest selections of subway tile and continues to innovate and deliver fashionable new products that are featured in kitchens and bathrooms around the globe.

Who knew that when the New York City Subway System opened in 1904 that much of the rectangular ceramic tile featured in the design would one day become a household name. We can thank architects George C. Heins and Christopher Grant LaFarge who were hired to work on the subway. They came up with the idea and chose the tile thanks in part to its versatility, durability and easy to clean characteristics.

Subway tile has become so popular that you'll find them in homes, restaurants, hotels and just about any place you can imagine. Whether you need a spectacular backsplash in your kitchen or a new look for a bathroom, subway tile is not only stylish, but easy to maintain and durable enough to handle the wear and tear on a daily basis.

Subway Tile Accent Wall Using Semi Gloss™ Color Trends

Photo features Semi-Gloss™ Color Trends in Plum Crazy 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 field tile with Urban Metals 2 x 12 Spiral Border

Elegant Looking Subway Tile Using Modern Dimensions™

Photo features Modern Dimensions™ in Urban Putty 4-1/4 x 12-3/4 field tile

Great for multiple applications, subway tile works in commercial and residential environments and is often used on walls in kitchen backsplashes and countertops, in bathrooms around tubs and showers and even on fireplaces. Once you find the subway tile for you check the product information to ensure the tile is suitable for the application in your design.

Daltile continues to innovate and design new subway tile products that meet the creative needs of homeowners, architects and designers. With multiple product lines featuring subway tile, Daltile's selection contains dozens of colors and sizes to meet the needs of almost any design.


Some of Daltile's most popular subway tile products are Rittenhouse Square™, Modern Dimensions™, Festiva™ and Semi- Gloss™. To find all of the available colors and sizes click on one of the featured product series.

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