10 beautiful ways to use metro tiles

Whether you're designing a bathroom, kitchen, utility room or cloakroom, find inspiration with our stylish metro tile designs

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When it comes to choosing wall tiles for a bathroom or kitchen, metro tiles (also known as subway tiles) are a popular option – and for good reason. Stylish and versatile, it's easy to create a look with them that suits both your style and space for contemporary kitchens to more traditional bathrooms, minimalist spaces, maximalist rooms and everything in between. 

Whether you're designing a bathroom, kitchen or tiling a fireplace, find inspiration with a selection of our favourite metro tile designs. 

1. Stop white metro tiles from feeling clinical

If you're concerned that white, floor-to-ceiling metro tiles will make your bathroom feel a little clinical, consider design solutions that adds colour and interest to your space.

We love this addition of a row of dark grey metro tiles at the height of a dado rail, which breaks up an otherwise white scheme. Style with a sunny yellow chair to further dispel the clinical feel. Recreate this look with metro tiles from Topps Tiles.

bathroom corner with subway tiles, yellow arm chair, fireplace and delicate house plants

(Image: © Topps Tiles)

2. Design a luxurious bathroom with deep-toned metro tiles

For a unique take on a luxurious bathroom, consider opting for deep toned metro tiles – dark blues and greens are lovely options. To define each tile, opt for white grout; this also prevents a small bathroom from feeling overwhelmed by a dark shade. Style with complementary brass fittings and delicate house plants.

We love these Metro Deep Blue Tiles from Topps Tiles, positioned vertically to create the illusion of height in a small space. 

deep blue metro tiles in bathroom with gold accessories and sink

(Image: © Topps Tiles)

3. Create a stylish herringbone design with marble-effect metro tiles

Marble effect metro tiles – particularly in white and grey tones – make a stylish addition to a contemporary bathroom when laid in a herringbone design. This look is particularly worth thinking about if you're designing a wet room.

We love the unique effect created by these Ador Marble Effect Tiles from Walls and Floors. 

unique use of grey and white metro tiles to create a herringbone effect finish

(Image: © Walls and Floors)

4. Brighten up a space with bold metro tiles 

Brightly coloured metro tiles are a lovely option if you're looking to inject a little personality (and happiness) into a space. 

While these Carnival Oro Tiles from Fired Earth would look lovely as part of an otherwise white scheme, we also love the idea of choosing a complementary botanical wallpaper

yellow toned metro tiles in herringbone layout

(Image: © Fired Earth)

5. Conjure up an elegant look with white metro tiles

For an understatedly elegant look, position white metro tiles in a herringbone design. Style with natural materials – particularly light woods – for a minimalist, Scandi-inspired bathroom.

Find similar tiles at Fired Earth.

bathroom with white herringbone tiles with rounded corner mirror and freestanding sink

(Image: © Fired Earth)

6. Add colour to a small kitchen with metro tiles

Creating a striking focal point, metro tiles as a splashback make a lovely design addition to a small kitchen and can be a great option if you're looking to inject colour into a space without it feeling overwhelmed. 

Find these Metro Berry Tiles at Topps Tiles.

pink metro tiles in kitchen with gas hob

(Image: © Topps Tiles)

7. Keep it simple with a monochrome scheme

While many shy away from the idea of black tiles, if styled well they can make an easy, sophisticated addition to a kitchen (or bathroom) with a monochrome scheme. 

In this instance, white grout enhances the effect of these Sloe Tiles from The Winchester Tile Company, create a striking design feature. 

bathroom with dark coloured tiles for a monochrome scheme and white counters

(Image: © Original Style)

8. Opt for muted tones in a traditional kitchen

If you want to incorporate metro tiles into a traditional kitchen, consider opting for more muted tones and subtle grout work. Deep creams and mint green tones are lovely options and a pearlescent finish like this will reflect light, too.

Find these Mint Tiles at The Winchester Tile Company.

traditional inspired kitchen with light green and white subway tiles

(Image: © Original Style)

9. use metro tiles to break up a colourful scheme

If you've opted for a bold or bright kitchen paint idea, consider breaking it up with the addition of simple, white metro tiles. 

We love these Vintage White Brick Tiles from Original Style paired with mint green walls and dark wood furnishings.

green kitchen scheme with white subway tiles

(Image: © Original Style)

10. Pair simple metro tiles with patterned floor tiles

If you've designed a bathroom with statement patterned floor tiles, consider pairing with metro tiles that draw out a particular shade or tone for a cohesive and on-trend look.

We like how these Mint Tiles echo similar tones in the floor tiles. Find them both at Walls and Floors.

grey blue scheme bathroom with vanity and built in sink

(Image: © Walls and Floors)

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