Subway Tiles: A Trend That Never Dies!

Choosing wall tiles in Perth can be one of the most challenging decisions of any renovation. Whether you’re choosing tiles for your laundry, kitchen or bathroom, whatever you choose will get noticed. In fact, your selection will play an integral role in the overall design of the room and the overall design of your home. So, no pressure!!

Thankfully, you’re in good hands with Ross’s Discount Home Centre. We specialise in tiles in Perth and have one of the largest selections of wall tiles in Perth and WA. We have wall tiles of all shapes, sizes, colours, and patterns to suit all design styles. We also have a large range of white wall tiles.

But today, I want to focus specifically on subway tiles and explain to you why I believe they’re a fail-safe option. Moreover, they’re always a smart option. I’ll also point the spotlight on some of our popular subway tiles in Perth that will help you create the home of your dreams.

Why You Can’t Go Wrong With Subway Tiles

They are timeless

No one tile has had the longevity of subway tiles. Subway tiles have been a staple tile choice since their debut in New York’s subway stations in 1904, which is how they got their name. The first subway tile was a white 3″ x 6″ (7.62 cm x 15.24cm) tile designed by George C. Heins and Christopher Grant La Farge.

In no time at all, New York’s subway tiles spread around the world. First in Paris subway stations. They then started popping up in all types of interiors, including kitchens and bathrooms, where they remain to be used till this day.

The sheer fact that, after more than 115 years, subway tiles are still one of the most popular wall tiles choices, is reason enough to know that you can’t go wrong by choosing subway tiles in Perth for your home. They have always been in-style and on-trend, and I can’t see this ever-changing.

They are versatile

Another great benefit of choosing subway tiles is their versatility, not only in application but also in design. Subway tiles have evolved from the 3″ x 6″ tile to a vast assortment of sizes. There are countless options in terms of size, and each size delivers a different result. The current trend in subway tiles is a more lean design, such as 28cm x 6.8cm, which is the size of our new Edge Wave and Edge Fame subway tiles.

Subway tiles are generally plain in design, pattern-free. This also adds to their versatility. They can be used consistently throughout a home, in kitchens, bathrooms and laundries, without becoming overpowering.

Along with the versatility offered by the tile’s size is the versatility of patterns to which they can be laid. The options really are endless. In the past, subway tiles have been laid horizontally in a brickwork pattern, as they were laid in the New York subways. However, today, and in recent years past, there has been a lot more flexibility in trending options. While the original horizontal brickwork pattern will never fade, it’s not uncommon to see this turned into a vertical brickwork pattern. Herringbone is another popular choice, as too is stacked, all of which can be laid vertically and horizontally for added flexibility.

The options are endless, and the end result will look different depending on the subway tile size you choose. The grout colour also adds to the result. White and black grout are popular choices to consider.

They suit all styles

As you can imagine, countless design styles have come and gone over the past 115, but subway tiles remain. Subway styles have been used consistently through the decades and have found a place in every design style.

There isn’t a single style that subway styles don’t suit. Today, they are commonly used in modern, contemporary, beach, Hamptons, minimalistic, mid-century modern, Scandinavian, traditional, and transitional designs, in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundries.

They let you be creative

There is no end to the creativity offered by subway tiles in Perth. In addition to being available in a range of sizes, they are also available in various colours and finish options.

While the gloss white subway tiles of 1904 will always be current, today, we see a move towards coloured subway tiles with creative finishes.

There is no shortage of colour options in today’s subway tiles. In our range alone, we have black, dark green, dark grey, light grey, light green, navy, pink, and of course, white subway tiles to choose between.

In terms of finish options, the “wave” finish, which you will find with our Edge Wave subway tile, is the most popular by far. This finish adds extra dimension; extra interest to an already attractive tile. Other popular finishes are matt and a bevelled edge. Our Edge Frame subway tile is an excellent example of a bevelled edge subway time.


For a wall tile that will look good in any room, in any decade, choose subway tiles. Choosing wall tiles is a stressful task. One wrong decision can lead to 15-years to a lifetime of dread. That’s why it’s safe to select a tile that has lasted the test of time: subway tiles.

You simply cannot go wrong in choosing subway tiles as your wall tile choice. They have been around for more than 115 years and don’t age. They are also extremely versatile. Today, they are available in an array of sizes and can be laid in countless patterns. There isn’t a design style they don’t suit, and best of all, you can be as plain or creative as you like. There are plenty of colours and finish options to choose between to provide the look and feel that you desire.

For subway tiles in Perth, look nowhere else by Ross’s Discount Home Centre. We have a range of plain white subway tiles in various sizes, plus we have our brand new Edge Wave and Edge Frame tiles that are selling like hotcakes.

Visit our Guildford showroom to see our range in person or shop online and receive free shipping to all Perth Metro addresses.

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