12 beautiful ways to use metro tiles

Take a look at these creative ways to use metro tiles in a home and get some inspiration for adding them to your decorating scheme

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Metro tiles – sometimes referred to as subway tiles – fit well into almost any decorating scheme and can be used all throughout the house, whether you’re creating an industrial look in your kitchen, or adding a bit of urban style to a Victorian-style bathroom. They are a versatile and practical addition great for surrounding a fireplace, or creating a feature wall.

Take a look at these creative ways to use metro tiles in a home and get some inspiration for adding them to your decorating scheme.

1. Colourful metro tile splashback

Metro tiles are great to use as a splashback in a kitchen, with the brick pattern adding more texture than a standard glass panel. These green metro tiles add contrast in this eclectic and colourful kitchen, perfectly paired with other industrial touches such as the brushed steel shelving.


Click here to take a look at the rest of this colourful Victorian villa by the sea

2. Industrial-inspired renovation

The metro tiles in this loft-style kitchen create a neutral backdrop for the addition of bright accessories.


Click here to take a look around this renovation project

3. Family apartment renovation in Brighton

The owners of this Brighton apartment have created a subtle feature wall by adding metro tiles around the window to mimic exposed brick.


Click here to take a look at this family apartment renovation in Brighton

4. Glazed extension to a terraced house

Black metro tiles are a stylish choice in this small terraced house bathroom. They have been laid vertically for a quirky twist on the traditional style.


Click here to take a look around this glazed extension to an Edwardian terraced house

5. Industrial-style renovation

These large format, white metro tiles make this bathroom feel big and bright, whilst also creating contrast when they are set against the dark grey floor tiles.


Click here to take a look around this industrial style renovation of a Victorian terraced house

6. Bathroom in a listed Georgian townhouse

This bathroom combines tiles and wallpaper to create a soothing grey scheme. The metro tiles add a contrasting texture to the fabric blind and floral wallpaper.


Click here to find out more about the renovation of this listed Georgian townhouse

7. A bathroom in a modern extension

Simple white metro tiles can create the perfect canvas on which to add creative features. This bathroom is uncomplicated, but the patterned flooring really stands out against the simple white room.


Click here to take a look around this post-Edwardian property with a modern extension

8. Monochrome bathroom with statement flooring

This bathroom has been tiled with simple white metro tiles, allowing the bold black vanity unit and wood-effect ceramic tiles to shine.


Click here to take a look at this monochrome bathroom redesign

9. Calming coloured metro tiles

These green tiles add to the feel of this retro-style of this bathroom. The owners have chosen not to follow the popular brick pattern, instead creating a grid format that creates an interesting contrast with the soft curves of the sanitaryware.

Click here to find out more about the remodel of this Arts and Crafts home

10. Scandinavian-style flat extension in London

This simple Scandinavian-style London flat is filled with light. The white metro tiles that frame the kitchen help reflect light on to surfaces while creating an easy-to-clean surface behind the cabinets.


Click here to find out more about this Scandinavian-style London flat extension

11. Sophisticated master suite loft conversion

The rich blue metro tiles that cover the walls of this master suite make the whole room feel grand, stylish and sophisticated. Not only are they impactful, they are easy to maintain and make a great wall covering for a bathroom.


Click here to take a look at this sophisticated master suite in a loft conversion

12. Stylish terraced family home extension

This eclectic kitchen is full of little details, appliances and ornaments. The white metro tiles have been grouted in grey to make a feature of the tiling.


Click here to take a look at this stylish terraced house extension