Listen here, BUD.
I'm not gonna pretend to tell you that subway tiles are anything new or exciting. One thing I have been noticing a lot lately, however, is the twist of taking them from floor to ceiling up an entire wall.
A good ol' Google search of "Victorian Industrial" a while back (another popular trend - think Edison lightbulbs, raw wood and black metal) brought me upon this inspiring image:
Very 'Downton Abbey'.
And while dining out at Bent Restaurant in Toronto, I noticed something similar here as well:
This picture isn't a great example, but they too ran white subway tile from floor to ceiling.
Further Googling led me to the following inspiring imagery to share with all of you, to prove how cool a treatment I think this is.
(HGTV designer Tommy Smythe's kitchen)
(This time in black!)
(Love the textured tile here)
(Really dig the sort of varsity-style stripes)
If you have the time or care enough to go back and review the above images, you may/may not notice that some examples have been finished with dark grout for higher contrast and an edgier vibe.
Grout can be tinted a number of colours, and going dark in the first place can add life and longevity to your tiled look as it will conceal dirt and grime much better.
What do you think? Too much of a good thing? For some reason, I think it brings an old world feel, but seems altogether new and current.
So, are you a tile-o-phile?