7 Different Subway Tile Patterns

7 Different Subway Tile Patterns – there is more than one way to lay subway tile. Subway tile is timeless and works with any decor style.

7 Different Subway Tile Patterns

Subway tile is my favorite tile – for both its timeless look and versatility. Today I’m sharing 7 different subway tile patterns.

I explain the patterns individually below, but first watch this video which quickly shows the 7 different subway tile patterns:


  • Horizontal Stack

If you are new to tiling, this is the pattern for you! I love repetition in design, and the horizontal stack provides just that. It is classic, timeless look.


  • Horizontal Offset

This is probably the most popular layout used today in subway tile because it works so well, and it’s my personal favorite.

I used this layout in our DIY kitchen remodel:

And our DIY laundry room remodel:


  • Vertical Stack

If you love repetition but want slight twist on the horizontal stack, try the vertical stack.  It is easy to lay, and it gives an unexpected twist to your space.


  • Vertical Offset

If you want a twist on the horizontal offset, take it vertical!  


  • Straight Herringbone

This pattern adds a little fun to subway tile, and this is the pattern I used in the bathroom I’m currently remodeling. It works well with the classic 3×6 subway tiles.


  • Crosshatch

This pattern begins to create the illusions of squares, and it would work well with any decor.


  • Herringbone

If you’re ready for a pattern that is challenging and looks amazing, then herringbone is for you!

I used this pattern above my stove:

I’d love to know – what is your favorite subway tile pattern?  Are there any great patterns I missed?

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Bathroom Remodel Tile

I’m sharing all the details on our bathroom remodel tile today.

Bathroom Remodel - South Cypress Tile

I shared our master bath reveal earlier this week, and I have gotten so many questions about our tile.  I partnered with South Cypress, and I have had the best experience with them.

I knew I wanted a subway-tiled shower along with a black and white shower floor.  I also knew that wood floor tiles would be perfect for the space.  I began searching the South Cypress website and found so many options.


I ended up settling on the following

I ordered samples of each of the tiles and was immediately in love.


I placed my order online, and the sales associates were really helpful with questions and helping me determine how many tiles I needed.

Shipping was fast, and the tile was delivered straight to my door (actually garage).


I only had a few tiles in one box that were damaged in delivery, and South Cypress quickly sent me the replacements.

The Segato Riverwood is so gorgeous.  It has dynamic grain patterns and cross-cut texturing exquisitely mimicking the intricacies of vintage faded hardwood.  The tile is Italian-made and provides the timeworn look of aged hardwood without the upkeep headaches.  It was a perfect match for my gray vanities.

The Overton has a clean and classic look of subway tile but is extra special because of its handcrafted look.  It adds gorgeous textures with its shine reminiscent of traditional glazed ceramic tiles.

The Manhattan provides a clean, classic look.   It makes a distinctive statement in our bathroom and allowed us to create our own design.


A special thanks to South Cypress for helping me make our dream bathroom a reality!

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Kitchen Mini-Makeover

I am excited to share our kitchen mini-makeover with you today.

 Herringbone Subway Tile

When we moved into our home over a year ago, our kitchen had dark cabinets and there really wasn’t a backsplash (just some really large tile behind the stove).

Kitchen BEFORE

Kitchen Hood BEFORE

I painted the cabinets which brought me one step closer to the kitchen I was envisioning.  But my dream kitchen had a (timeless and beautiful) subway tiled backsplash.  After hours on Pinterest, not only did I become obsessed with subway tile, but I “needed” to have it in a herringbone pattern under my stove hood.  Now, I have done backsplash tile in my old house, and I remember how hard it was to cut the tile.  Do you know how many tiles I would have to cut tile to create the herringbone pattern?!  If I wanted my herringbone dream to become a reality, it was not going to be under my doing.  This was one of the rare times I was going to agree that it’s a “don’t do it yourself” #DDIY project.   Every once in a while it’s nice to sit back and let the experts take over! I went into my local Carpet One store and was instantly greeted with a warm hello right when I walked into the store.  I was impressed with the large showroom filled will carpet, flooring, and tile samples.   After letting them know I was looking for subway tile for my kitchen backsplash, an expert walked me around and showed me all the various tile samples.  I was sent home with several sample boards so I could view the tile and colors in my home.

Rittenhouse Square Tile Samples

I decided on the Rittenhouse Subway tile semi-gloss in Biscuit.  I went with Biscuit because white would have been too stark with my cream cabinets.  Also, the gloss reflects light making a space seem larger and the gloss is easier to clean than the matte.

Biscuit Tiles

The next day, a Carpet One representative come to my home and gave me a free in-home estimate for my backsplash.

Carpet One In Home Estimate

After the estimate was discussed and approved, we scheduled a date to get the tile work done. (!!) The backsplash was completed in a couple of days, and the tile guy was professional and cleaned up his mess after he was done. It could not have been easier!  I could get used to this #DDIY (don’t do it yourself) approach… Here’s the transformation of my stove area:

Kitchen Hood BEFORE

Kitchen Hood BEFORE

Tearing off Tiles

Tile in Progress

Herringbone Subway Tile

Herringbone Pattern with Subway Tile

Herringbone Tile Pattern Backsplash

Glossy Subway Tile Backsplash

And here’s the other side of the kitchen under my cabinets:

Kitchen BEFORE

Kitchen BEFORE

Subway Tile in Kitchen*

Gold Canisters

Subway Tile in Kitchen

Subway Tile Backsplash

Biscuit Subway Tiles

I can’t say enough about the people at the Carpet One Store in Anderson, Indiana.  They were professional, friendly, and knowledgeable.  They made the backsplash installation and process so easy.

  Kitchen Subway Tile Backspash

Biscuit Subway tile with Gray Grout

I love my new backsplash, and the beauty and value it adds to my kitchen!

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Before & After Kitchen Hood

Before & After Kitchen