The Metro Tile is Having its Moment

The Metro Tile is Having its Moment

This post is now over a year old, so certain aspects of this post may no longer be correct or relevant.

The metro tile is a very simple design. In its humble beginning, it was a basic white gloss bevelled edge tile, preferred by state managed buildings like hospitals and prisons. 

Easy to clean, non-offensive; practical not stylish! However, its future re-invention is as a stand out piece - a feature in its own right. 

Bright colours, metallic finishes and a re-found love of the basic whites and their subtle tactile nature. 

Who can resist running their hand over a wall of metro tiles… Not me.

metro wall tile used at regents park station on the london tube 

The metro tile represents a chic, simple, contemporary look. The name originated from the tiles that decorated the walls of the London and New York Undergrounds in the early 1900s. 

Those of you living in London will undoubtedly see these on your daily commute without really taking in the design statement they are making. Just stop for a second the next time you visit any of the underground stations and look around you. The brick off-set patterns in bold colours and bright white bring a light to the stations that couldn't be achieved with strip lighting alone.

The metro look is very versatile, and will look great wherever you decide to use it. You can use a variety of coloured tiles, angles, and even coloured grout to create unique designs to impress. Have a look through this blog from Mad about the House for inspiration on how to use these tiles. We love the use of contrasting grout too from The Design Sheppard , a simple white tile can be brought to life with a bright grout and it really helps to define any pattern that you use.

This type of tile can be used to create so many different interior looks, whether you choose to use the standard brick shape or the metro bevelled tile. Using bevelled monochrome or grey tiles with complementing urban accessories will achieve a modern industrial vibe. 

If it’s a cosy traditional interior you aim to create you will need to bring some warm colour tones into the mix, why not try our Laura Ashley Artisan brick shaped range and accessorise with rustic, love-worn pieces.

Why don't you check out our Pinterest board for further inspiration?

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