This week I’m dedicating my blog post to one of our most popular and versatile ranges – Metro. Inspired by the traditional ceramic wall tiles used in underground stations in London, New York and Paris, Metro tiles are also sometimes referred to as subway tiles. These 10x20cm ceramic wall tiles have a bevelled edge which gives them a three dimensional structure, and they’re available in a wide range of colours to suit every room in the home.


Why choose Metro tiles


Here are the top five reasons why we just can’t get enough of Metro tiles…


  1. They offer a practical wall covering that’s simple to install and low maintenance
  2. You can create a stylish, on-trend look without blowing the budget as they’re very cost-effective
  3. Metro tiles are suitable for walls in any room in the home – not just kitchens or bathrooms
  4. They’re available in a whole host of colours that can be used individually or mixed together to create your own unique look
  5. They’re incredibly versatile and can be styled in a variety of ways, from industrial to retro and everything in between


Colours and finishes


Metro tiles are available in a wide range of colours; from classic white, black and cream to bolder shades such as red, plum or teal, or the muted tones of sage, almond and grey. A modern twist on the classic subway tile sees the bevelled structure paired with a natural stone effect design, such as that of our on-trend Metro Calacatta. Stone effect bevelled tiles look stunning on bathroom or kitchen walls, and are much more practical and lower cost than real natural stone bevelled tiles.


A gloss finish is the most popular choice for Metro tiles as the shiny surface helps to accentuate the 3D structure and creates shadows that add depth.


Where to use Metro tiles


Metro tiles are suitable for walls only, but when it comes to which room you can use them in there are no restrictions. They’re typically used for kitchen splashbacks as the small format makes them simple to install in the gap between worktops and wall units.


Their low maintenance, easy clean finish makes them ideal for any areas that are likely to get wet or splashed, so bathrooms, en suites, cloakrooms and wet rooms are also ideal locations for walls tiled in Metro. The use of tiles isn’t limited to kitchens and bathrooms either – a feature wall of Metro would make a great addition to a dining room or hallway.


How to use Metro tiles


Metro tiles are incredibly versatile and can be used to create a variety of different looks depending on your own personal taste. For example a white or grey Metro tile fixed in a herringbone pattern with a dark grey grout can give a very contemporary look, especially when paired with a concrete effect tile, patterned tiles such as La Fayette, or distressed wood effects such as Kunny on the floor. The same white Metro tile fixed in a brick bond layout with white grout would give a much more timeless, neutral finish. For a look that’s more suited to a country kitchen, sage Metro tiles fixed brick bond with off white grout are the ideal finishing touch for painted Shaker units and a wooden worktop. A classic stone effect floor tile such as Palladium Bianco would complete this look.


The most common way to fit Metro wall tiles is landscape in a brick bond pattern, where the vertical grout joints of one row line up with the middle of the tiles on the row above. However this isn’t the only way to use them – herringbone patterns where the tiles are fixed at a 90 degree angle to each other to create a chevron pattern are very popular at the moment. You can also fix them portrait rather than landscape, or even in diagonal lines. Sites like Pinterest offers loads of ideas for creating different layouts with subway tiles.


Using a contrasting grout colour is another big trend at the moment. For example very dark grout with light tiles or brightly coloured grout with grey or black tiles will create a striking feature in any room.




If you like the small format and practicality of ceramic wall tiles such as Metro but you’re not sure about the bevelled edge, there are alternative styles that you may prefer. For example Metro white, grey, black and cream are also available in a flat gloss finish without the bevelled structure. These are just as versatile as the original 3D tiles and can be styled in all the same ways, but they offer a smoother, sleeker finish.


For a more rustic style, you may want to try our Country range. These ceramic wall tiles offer a high gloss finish with a bumpy surface and rustic edges that give a handmade appearance. They’re available in a choice of neutral and muted colours and three sizes – 7.5x15cm, 5x25cm and 5x50cm.


Having trouble deciding between all the different options? Why not order a few samples so you can see the different finishes and colours for yourself.