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Design Trends: 3 Ways to Go Wild With Colorful Subway Tile

By Shannon Malone |

Tile shown: 3 x 6 in Caribbean; Image: Open Homes Photography; Design: Eco + Historical Homes

Have you been dreaming of adding a playful pop of color to your space, but aren't sure how to do it without going overboard?  Well, a colorful subway tile backsplash might be your answer.  Subway tile is a classic, and although its usually best not to mess with the basics, adding color to your subway tile can go a long way. Below are 3 of our favorite styles that add a splash of color to the timeless subway tile designs.  Move over neutrals!  These bright colors are stealing the show!

1.) Rustic Chic

Rustic and industrial style spaces tend to feature white subway tile backsplashes, which is great, but sometime this all neutral style can benefit from a carefully planned splash of color.  In rustic chic spaces, a bright tile hue might add too much contrast to the space, taking away from the design elements that define the style.  Instead, opt for a color that borders on a neutral, such as a soft green, or a cool blue hue.  The subtle color will add personality to the space, while complementing the rustic design features.

Tile shown: 3 x 6 in Rosemary; Design: Freestyle Architects of Crested Butte

Our Tile color Rosemary pairs perfectly with the subtle rustic finishes in this chic kitchen and living room.  The soft green hue is just enough color to give the neutral home a little something extra.

Tile shown: 3 x 6 in Rosemary; Design: Freestyle Architects of Crested Butte

2. ) Updated Victorian

Victorian homes are another style where subway tile is frequently used.  Choosing a colorful subway tile will help make your traditional space stand out, and brings Victorian style to a modern era.  We suggest going a little bold, go for that color you always wish you could use.

Tile shown: 3 x 6 in Kelp, Design: Eco + Historical Homes

Bright subway tile colors in a Victorian space work well with bright white cabinetry.  The white will highlight your tile color, allowing it to be the focal point of the space.

Tile shown: 3 x 6 in Caribbean; Design: Eco + Historical Homes

Tile shown: 3 x 6 in Sky Blue; Image: Paul Dyer; Design: Eco + Historical Homes

3. ) Colorful Contemporary

Subway tile is a staple in contemporary designs.  Going for a bright color instead of a neutral brings your subway tile design up a notch, making it even more contemporary and visually interesting.  Try pairing a bright green hue such as Kelp with white finishes, stainless steel accents, and textured wood details for a truly contemporary look.

Tile shown: 3 x 6 in Kelp

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