TILE FEATURE: Subway Tiles

Subway tiles get their names from the iconic ceramic tiles used on the walls of the New York City subway stations in the early twentieth century.


Today, it is becoming popular to use these tiles in homes and commercial spaces to create a modern look whilst also maintaining a traditional feel that never gets old.


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To incorporate this trend into your space most effectively, single-colour tiles splash-backs or counter-tops is the way to go. The tiles can be arranged horizontally or for a bolder look, vertically.

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There are a huge variety of subway tile designs available at KWD, from various colours, finishes, profiles, sizes and shapes, but it is important to choose the right colour and texture for your space in order to maintain cohesion and create a look that is fresh and current yet timeless.

At the moment, our director, Kate Walker loves the idea of using two different sized subway tiles, in the same colour and texture, to create a subtle interest.

Kate has just completed a project in Flinders, Victoria, with Subway Tiles in a milk white, handmade satin finish, in sizes 300×75 and 150×75, in equal proportions.  The result – sublime. Check out our Instagram page (@katewalker_design) for photos soon.

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If you would like to discuss your own project with us please call

Kate Walker at KWD on 0422 425 523.


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At KWD we look at a project holistically. The sum of all the parts make the whole story work, and it’s this unique approach that sets us apart. The KWD experience provides a streamlined process. We specify, source and supply all hard finishes as well as carpets, rugs, custom furniture and soft furnishings, and manage the procurement, warehousing, freight and quality so every project is worry free. We work closely with interior designers, architects, developers and home-owners, selecting the ideal flooring, designing the perfect joinery and choosing the right paint colours for a wide range of design aesthetics. From finding the perfect paving stones and pool tiles to offering landscaping advice, KWD manages the whole design process. One contact, one invoice and staged deliveries ensure peace of mind. KWD's extensive global network of manufacturers, importers, agents and local wholesalers ensures the selected products are always available. Key supply partners are chosen for their ability to fulfil each project requirement, while our contract negotiation skills will always provide the most outstanding pricing. We often engage architects, draftsmen, lighting designers and builders to complete the design process. We embrace a consultative approach and develop lasting relationships with each and every client. It’s what the KWD team knows and loves. “Design is not a thing we do. It’s our way of life.” Kate Walker

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