Four Ways Subway Tile Can Transform Your Space


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The possibilities for installing subway tile are virtually endless because of the diverse selection of products and the new design trends that are emerging every day. Subway tiles are no longer just the classic 3×6 white tiles you grew up with.  Today, you can get subway tile in virtually any color imaginable as well as dozens of different sizes and textures (three dimensional, crackle finish). Here are four ways to use subway tile to accentuate your home. (Click each picture below to see more photos from the collection.)


Classic Wall Treatments

The most popular way to use subway tile is for a traditional wall treatment. For an authentic New York look, stick with white, standard sized tiles and slim grout lines or go upscale with a natural stone look like the Marble Expressions collection. This simple design is timeless and creates a uniform finish that requires little maintenance.


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Attractive Accents

Whether you are remodeling your bathroom or your kitchen, bright accent tiles draw attention to your existing decor and can provide a great pop. For a more cohesive design, choose an accent color that complements the lighting, furniture, or finishes in the room. One of our favorite collections is The Hamptons that features a larger format (2.5”x10”) and nine cool, clean colors.


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Modern Designs

Another emerging trend is using unique or larger sized subway tiles. This modern concept provides additional visual interest and can increase the artistic flair to the room. Our Serenity collection meets both those criteria featuring a large-format 4×12 subway tile and the beauty of natural stone (3 colors) in a contemporary style. The collection also features matching large-format (12×24, 16×32) floor tiles.


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Mesmerizing Patterns and Colors

With the variety of subway tiles, it is possible to mix and match different colors, finishes, and textures. This is easiest to do this within the same collection but also possible with different tiles, as long as you pay close attention to the thickness of each tile. Meet Oriental Ceramics, a new wall tile collection rich in colors, format and its metallic-like sheen. The collection also features absolutely stunning mixed-colored mosaics.


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In the end, Tiles Unlimited has everything you need to keep up with recent trends such as wood-look tile, tile that looks like bricks or water jet mosaics . If more traditional designs are your thing, we have those too. Our team of tile consultants can provide detailed information to help you choose a product that is perfect for your project.


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Create a Stunning Feature Wall

One of our favorite design elements is the “feature wall” and it is becoming one of the hottest trends of 2017. If you’re looking to make a design statement in your home, consider creating a feature wall with tile. No matter which room contains a feature wall, it adds a great deal of depth to the rooms while creating an interesting focal point.

If you are asking what is a feature wall, let us explain. A feature wall is generally one wall or a section of a wall in a room that is different from the other walls, whether the difference be color, texture, size or all of the above.


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How to Create a Feature Wall

What we love about the feature wall is that it gives you the opportunity to be totally creative and design “outside the box”. If you aren’t into bold designs, you can always choose to be more conservative and just select a paint color a couple of tones darker than your other walls.


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However, since our true passion is tile and stone, we get much more excited about seeing and creating a feature wall with tile and stone. Depending on the tile you choose, you can create a subtle feature wall that is more about texture and a suggestion of pattern, or is bolder if your tile pattern exhibits a lot of shade variation. The wood-look porcelain plank tile look continues to be stronger than ever as a floor tile and as an exciting wall tile for feature walls.


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Brick-look tile is also a very popular choice for a feature wall, offering an industrial look with outstanding color variations and texture. As with many of the wood-look tile collections, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between real brick and porcelain brick-look tile.

Ready to Create Your Own Feature Wall?

We hope we have inspired you. A feature wall is an easy and effective way to add visual interest to almost any room in your home. With so many product options, creating a feature wall with tile can be great fun. We hope you’ll consider including one. One last tip, any tile can be used on walls even though not all tiles can be used on floors. This means, when creating your special feature wall your options are virtually limitless.

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The design experts at Tiles Unlimited, dual winner in the 2017 Best of the Boro Competition (Best Tile Store & Best Kitchen & Bath Store) stand ready to help you design the feature wall, or any space, of your dreams. Now is the perfect time to visit us as our Semi-Annual Tile Clearance Sale is now in progress. With savings up to 80% off, you won’t find a better time to shop for tile.

Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash

Once upon a time, a tile backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom served a practical purpose, keeping the walls clean and providing an easy to clean surface. These practical backsplashes did little to enhance the look of the room. Today, a backsplash is often a design element that is used to create a dramatic focal point in your kitchen or bathroom.

While a backsplash should complement the color scheme of your room, you can get creative by installing tile on an angle or staggering the tiles in a brick pattern to add a new dimension to the space. Add even more creativity by using non-traditional materials such as glass, metal or natural stone. The most popular backsplashes today use a main color with one or two accent colors or a different material.

Tiles suitable for backsplashes come in an almost endless number of choices in sizes (large format subway tile are a hot design trend), colors, materials, and textures as well as shiny or matte finishes. From there, you can choose from natural stone, ceramic, porcelain, glass and metal tiles. Click here for some backsplash design inspiration.

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The tiles you choose for your backsplash should still be functional; you can have fun with design but your backsplash should be easy to clean, especially around sinks and cooking areas. Ceramic tile, porcelain tile and glass tile are stain resistant, making them easy for you to wipe away any spills or splatters.

Tiles Unlimited carries hundreds of different tile you can use for a backsplash in a wide range of prices. Choose traditional white subway tile for as little as $75 for a typical kitchen backsplash or use more exotic materials that can bring the cost to several hundred dollars or more. Savvy shoppers choose an economical tile and splurge on accent pieces or a border. Whatever your budget, you can find your dream backsplash at Tiles Unlimited.

Classic Subway Tile With a Modern Twist

From the moment that subway tiles made their debut in New York City’s subway stations in the early 1900s, they captured our imaginations and quickly moved into the bathrooms and kitchens of many homes. Easy to clean, stain resistant, and light reflective, the 3-by-6-inch glazed white rectangles exemplified what those rooms could and should be – clean and hygienic.

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Over 100 years later subway tiles are still very popular. Still popular is the classic white on white (white tile with white grout) however, today’s tile come in a mind-boggling array of colors and finishes (marble, natural stone, glass) that work well with just about any style of decor. No longer confined to kitchen backsplashes and bathroom walls, you’ll find subway tiles being used in spaces such as laundry rooms, mudrooms, showers and fireplace surrounds.

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Current trends for subway tile include larger formats, bright colors and modern designs. A new collection available from Tiles Unlimited, The Hamptons is a great example of this new trend. Cool and clean like the bustling coastal beach this line was named after, The Hamptons is the ceramic version of high-end sophistication. With nine colors, a larger format (2.5 by 10-inch) and mixed colored mosaics, The Hamptons offers style and class. Adding to its charm, pieces are offered in either a crackled or transparent finish, making every tile its own work of art. Our Pastoral collection offers large format subway tile in 2 sizes (2.5″x8″ & 5″x16″), 11 colors and some amazing décor pieces.

Whether you’re looking for subway tile, porcelain tile, ceramic tile or one of today’s hottest trends, wood-look tile, you’ll find it at Tiles Unlimited with Queens’ largest selection of tile. Stop in and see how we’re “Making a difference one square foot at a time“.

3 Types of Tiles That Have a Classic Style

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Mosaic tile and stone are fast becoming a favorite for homeowners when it comes to choosing the kind of interiors they want for their houses. Homeowners in Queens are making a style statement and going with what they love with respect to interior materials. Mosaic tile and stone goes a long way into wooing potential buyers of homes, which means that a healthy resale value is also maintained.

Increasingly popular since the early 1900’s, subway tiles add a certain rustic look to the house. The fact that they handle water very well has made them more popular than the traditional ceramic tiles. Kitchens are a common part of the household to use subway tiles because of this reason. Additionally, the fact that subway tiles are also available in a variety of colors means that you can find a place for them almost anywhere in your household.


Another popular construction choice with mosaic tile and stone is marble. Screaming elegance, marble is extremely durable and has been used throughout the ages of history as a way to enhance the beauty of internal settings. As with any kind of flooring or construction material, however, it is essential to understand the various aspects of maintenance in order to preserve and increase its long life. The wear and tear that is likely to develop over the course of time, as a result of it being a completely natural product, will play a role in the overall charm of the material.

Porcelain tiles

With any construction material, durability is an essential component of its choice. Porcelain is known to be very durable and withstand some serious wear and tear. The fact that porcelain is harder and denser than many other ceramic products means that it can serve well over a number of years. The fact that it can also withstand harsh cleaning agents and chemicals allows it to be used elaborately in kitchens and bathrooms. The variety of colors and textures means that it can be aesthetically placed in various parts of the house to lend its own touch of beauty to the design.”