“Subway tiles are so hot right now.” That’s one statement we keep hearing. Why? Well, just look at the picture. These special tiles can add tremendous cachet to your kitchen or other parts of your house. Chances are, if you clicked on this article, you’re at least a little curious to find out more information about subway tiles. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City wet your whistle below.

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No surprise here — subway tiles originated in the subway stations of early 1900s New York City. The New York City Subway System opened on October 27, 1904 with the iconic subway tiles already in place on the hundreds of walls underneath NYC. Little did the original architects know that over a century later, those exact tiles would be a popular staple in homes across the world!


Subway tiles are most commonly white in color, but are actually available in a wide assortment of colors and color patterns. As far as the shape, subway tiles are usually rectangles that are twice as wide as they are tall – the most common size being 3” by 6” rectangles. However, many modern designers are using subway tiles that are even longer, with 2” by 8” tiles gaining in popularity. One thing is certain – a new subway tile project in your home will turn a room into an instant conversation piece. Subway tiling is that stunningly beautiful!

Wear and Tear

Subway tiles are made from ceramic tiles, making them extremely durable and resistant to moisture. This moisture resistance is why subway tiles are so popular in kitchens and bathrooms in the St. Louis, MO area. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City frequently install subway tiles for kitchen backsplashes and bathroom walls. Subway tile can also be used for flooring.


Ready for the next tile flooring project? Or just exploring a variety of flooring options until you find the right fit for your home? Give us a call at the number below where our flooring experts will answer your questions. Our mobile showroom also services the St. Louis, MO area with free in-home estimates.