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Using Beveled Subway Tile to Create a Modern, Classic Design

Classic subway tile placed in a brick-joint pattern offers a clean design and never seems to go out of style. But if you're looking to take a more modern approach with your design, there are a myriad of styles that can be created using the simple 3 x 6 tile as a starting point. For example, if you prefer more of a textured look, beveled subway tile is a beautiful alternative to the original material. The curved edges of beveled tile offer improved light reflection and added depth, which enhances the look of any backsplash, wall, bathtub, or shower surround. Here are just a few ways to incorporate beveled subway tile in order to achieve a modern design.

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Choose the Right Finish and Pattern

Both traditional and beveled subway tiles can be used to incorporate a more modern look, depending on your choice of finish or pattern. They are available in a glossy finish or a more subdued matte finish. To choose a finish that works best for a room, take note of the amount of natural light in the space you're designing. For example, to maximize light reflection, beveled tile with a glossy finish works well. A matte finish is a more contemporary option, but it also adds a touch of beauty to any room where you prefer a more muted tile.

Newer patterns can also help to modernize subway tile designs. For example, vertical brick-joint patterns can enhance a long, high wall space. Chevron or herringbone patterns are also beautiful and dramatic alternatives to the classic brick pattern, and they are sure to bring attention to your backsplash or wall.

Add an Accent with Decorative Tiles

You can further accentuate a traditional or beveled subway tile design with one of many decorative tiles available. For example, one row of decorative tiles at the chair rail height will help to finish your overall look with a pop of color or texture. You can also add elegance with a natural stone accent such as a border from the Designer Elegance line. If you want to add a mosaic tile accent, try going for a black and white look, such as the Carbon Blend 4 x 12 Emperor Accent, in your shower or on your backsplash.

Go with a Multicolored Design

You can really add your personality to your design by going with a colored beveled subway tile. The bright and bold hues available today go far beyond classic white. For instance, you could create an accent wall with the vibrant shades available in the Bright series. And for an even more contemporary design, try combining two contrasting colors in vertical lines, such as a dark neutral brown and a lighter pastel shade like those found in the Matte series.

If you're looking for a fresh take on a classic tile look, the many new beveled subway tile designs offer excellent choices. It's smart to start by choosing the right color, finish, and pattern, and then consider adding in decorative accent tiles. For more inspiration, check out the Inspiration Gallery or visit a retail dealer near you.