Small Budget, Big Impact: Subway Tile


The timelessness of subway tile works well anywhere – kitchen, bathroom, laundry room – wherever you can imagine. It’s one of our best sellers, and according to all the major design magazines and blogs, subway tile is here to stay. Let’s not forget this was designed for subways in the early 1900s and is still around today, so it’s not exactly a design “trend.”  It’s classic and simple, and you can pair it with any countertop to work in your desired color to achieve the look you want.  

As wonderful as subway tile is, one of the best things about it is that it’s reasonably priced. With so many options under $3 per square foot, you can add this beautiful style to your home with the assurance that your investment will be a long-lasting one.  

Subway tile can help you stay on budget – not only because of the tile itself being reasonable but also because it blends so well with everything else in your home. Plus, it comes in a great variety of colors, so you can customize the look with a colored tile. And depending on your budget, you can consider a porcelain tile or a ceramic, which tends to be more economical. Here are a few key things that make subway the ultimate in versatility.


 It mixes well with your existing countertops.

Whether you have tile, granite, marble, quartz, wood or even concrete, subway tile can mix really well with a variety of existing countertops.  

You can change the look with dark vs. light grout.

If you choose a clean white subway tile, the grout color can totally change the look it. Whether you’re trying to blend with a wall or countertops, the variety of light-to-dark grout can give the tile a completely different appearance to match other elements of your home. 

You can modify the pattern.

The options really are limitless with subway tile. You can choose a traditional brick pattern, or change the look with a herringbone or basket weave pattern. 

Other Reasons to Love Subway Tile

When our City Home Center customers are looking to make the most out of small room, we always suggest a white or light-colored subway tile. And any kind of subway is perfect not only for small spaces but also for accent walls in kitchens or bathrooms (think coffee bar or vanity).

 So, if you’re looking to update your home on a budget (and if you weren’t before, maybe you are now), look no further than subway tile. No other tile gives you this classic of a look and bang for the buck. Our staff at City Home Center would love to help you pick out the perfect style for your home.