Using Metro Tiles
Using Metro tiles
Named after the white tiles in early 1900s London and New York underground stations, metro tiles have has seen a huge resurgence in popularity recently.
The white ceramic wall tile was originally used because of its durability and stain resistance. The pale colour and high gloss were a way of bringing light to the dark recesses of the subterranean subway. As such, the metro tile represents a vintage, early 20th century style that exudes industrial chic.
Increasingly, these tiles have been used to associate traditional and contemporary in a way few others can. Eternally versatile, their clean lines are cool yet understated and will complement a masculine or a feminine look, and provide the perfect backdrop for the cosy traditional or the modern industrial vibe. Metro tiles look great wherever they are used.
How to use metro tiles?
Metro tiles are so versatile they can be used to maximum effect whatever the style you go for. For a clean look in the kitchen use, for instance, use white metro wall tiles with white gloss cupboards and add interest with an interesting floor tile design. Or go for a really bold colour like red or orange metro wall tiles in a white modern kitchen. For a monochrome look, choose black metro wall tiles with white grout or use both black and white wall tiles. Try mixing two or three various colours randomly to create a bit of interest on the wall, and then finish with simple furniture and accessories for a clean, tidy look.
Grey or dark grout will make the pattern of the metro wall tile more pronounced and can look stunning. However, this can look out of place if the room is anything other than industrial/modern because it makes such a feature out of the wall.
For a softer country cottage look, use cream metro tiles with pale grout. Or add a decorative border to give interest to the simplicity of the design. A variety of shades of cream and beige look stunning with oak kitchen furniture.
Quite a popular look is the metro wall tile with no decorative element, which gives a very simple and clean look. Or, add an attention-grabbing patterned floor tile, which will give some individuality and interest to a bathroom. Alternatively, pale blue metro wall tiles look striking in a bathroom of white.
There are hundreds of styles and designs of metro bathroom and kitchen tiles with which to give any kitchen or bathroom a real wow element.