The rectangular brick-patterned tiles known as “subway tiles” got there name from where they were most often seen—the New York subway. And as the saying goes ‘if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere.’ Now they are a popular tile used in bathrooms and kitchens. Here’s how the professionals recommend using them.
Subway Tile – Prep Work
Decide on the color, size and glaze of the tile you would like. Your basic subway tile is 7.5 by 15 centimeters, but they are also available in numerous colors and sizes from as small as 2.5 by 7.5 centimeters and as large as 15 by 30 centimeters. You can get them with a variety of finishes, such as matte or glossy, or made from various materials such as glass.
For a kitchen backsplash, sand the backsplash area to dull the painted surface enough to score it so it will absorb the adhesive which is used later.
Protect your countertop, microwave and other appliances by covering them with paper.
You also want to find out how much tile you will need by multiplying the width of the splashbacks area by the height. It is a good rule to buy a little extra so you do not run out before you finish.
Around the Corners
Especially in the shower area, you want to create the illusion that your tiles actually “wrap” or “bend” around the corner without a visual break. How can you accomplish this decorative sleight of hand and make the corner disappear? Subway tiles are often used in a brickwork pattern, which means the rows are offset to half the length of the tile above. It means when you get to the corner you will have either a very small gap or a big gap left. Cut a subway tile into two parts, one part should be 1/4th length and the other part 3/4th length. If the gap is small, use the 1/4th tile, and then the ¾th on the adjacent wall, or vice versa. Now the trick to the disappearing act is to use a caulk in the corner that matches the tile color not the grout color. For example, if you have beige subway tiles with white grout, the caulk at the corner joint should be beige. It will then give the illusion that your tile is “wrapping” around the corner.
With the few tips you can put subway tiles to good use.
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