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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KWD has grown from a team of two in 2013 to a dynamic group of ten professionals who all contribute to the successful consultancy we have created. Growing up in a family with a mother as an Interior Designer and a father as a successful Ceramic Tile Merchant, it's no wonder I entered the world of design. At Kate Walker Design (KWD), our primary focus is to specify, source and supply stone, tiles and all other hard finishes into projects across Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, but also interstate and internationally. 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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