Subway Tile Picks Up Gray Grout

White 3-by-6-inch tiles, popularly called subway tiles are a staple of kitchen and bathroom design. It’s not surprising that designers and homeowners both love this traditional vinyl : It’s cheap and uncontroversial — and best of all, it’s usually in stock.

White subway tile is popular, but a design that has been gaining in popularity in recent years would be to couple white subway tile with dark gray grout at a running-brick pattern. The resulting appearance defines the outlines of each tile, adding interest and depth to a room. The wider set the tiles are the more pronounced the outline effect becomes and the cooler the appearance.

Gray grout is also a smart choice because it’s easy to keep, unlike white grout, which can easily stain or yellowish. Here are 10 interiors with white subway tiles equipped with gray grout. From kitchens to bathrooms to laundry rooms, it’s a versatile appearance that would fit right into several homes.

Roost Interior Design

In this joyous, contemporary kitchen a backsplash is covered in white subway tile with gray grout. The tiles are rather widely set, making the grout lines extra visible for picture appeal.

Taste Design Inc

In this conventional kitchen by Taste Design, Inc., the subway tile expands out of the backsplash up the walls. Coupled with classic-looking cabinetry and a chef-grade selection, the tile fits in perfectly with this room’s classy appearance.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Tile steps into center stage in this timeless kitchen made by Rebekah Zaveloff. Here the hood for the stove is covered in subway tiles. The dark gray grout is in keeping with the room’s many dark-hued accents.

Lane Design + Build

The design firm Gary M. Lane understands that white subway tile is a smart choice for a remodel of an older house. The appearance of these classic ceramics is not tied to a particular period, so that they seem as though they might have been there from the home’s beginning.

Floor-to-ceiling subway tile with gray grout is a fitting background for this bathroom’s big and stunning glass shower stall.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Smith & Vansant Architects have tiled this shower-tub enclosure with off-white subway tiles on both the walls and the ceiling — a smart move for durability.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

This divided bath by Smith & Vansant Architects includes white 3-by-6-inch tiles at either the sink area and the shower area, though each area has its own style of flooring tile.

The headquarters of Schoolhouse Electric proves that subway tiles and gray grout are not just for the kitchen and bathroom. Here they are employed within an office space that celebrates timeless and minimalist design.

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