Tile Style: New Looks With Classic Marble Subway Tile

February 28, 2017

For decades, subway tiles have been a classic design staple in many residential and commercial projects. The traditional ceramic tiles have been featured in many design styles, from farmhouse-chic kitchens to luxurious bathrooms and everything in between.

But to give this tile shape a bit of a twist, add in a classic stone like marble for something new and fresh. We think you’ll be on board with these designs, so here are five new subway tile looks you’ll love.

Luxurious Shower Tile

Featured: Arabescato Carrara Marble Subway Tile

For many, marble is a desirable material for bathrooms, and this large master retreat is covered in the luxurious stone. A bathtub surround is a perfect spot for subway tile, and these shower walls are wrapped in Arabescato Carrara Marble 4x12 Subway Tile. They feature a soft white background with gray veining, and the cool coloring allows the stunning contemporary tub to stand out. The larger size of the marble tile gives the space a more modern look, and is perfectly proportionate to the oversized shower and tub space.

Sophisticated Kitchen Backsplash

Feature: Calacatta Gold Marble Subway Tile (Photo Credit: Houzz)

Installing a subway tile backsplash in marble adds sophistication to any kitchen. The classic style elevates this black-and-white design with the addition of Calacatta Gold Marble 3x6 Subway Tile. This polished Italian marble tile combines whites, grays, and gold tones to create a look with just the right amount of shimmer. The kitchen backsplash tile gives the mostly white cooking space a textural element full of elegance and refinement.

Timeless Fireplace Surround

Featured: Emperador Light Marble Subway Tile (Photo Credit: Houzz)

Adding natural stone to a fireplace turns it into a fabulous focal point. Can you imagine yourself taking a relaxing bubble bath fireside? This traditional bathroom features Emperador Light Marble 3x6 Subway Tile from Turkey around the built-in fireplace, and is carried along the wall.

The warm browns and beiges, as well as the cream-colored veins, create warmth and coziness for this large bathroom. While the traditional colors give this marble a bit of a twist, the subway tile layout gives the space a clean, classic look.

Fabulous Feature Wall

Featured: Tundra Gray Marble Subway Tile

Not every kitchen includes a backsplash, and if yours doesn’t, why not consider a feature wall tile instead? Tundra Gray Marble 3x6 Subway Tile subway tile installed in this farmhouse-chic kitchen is a polished marble from Turkey. It contrasts a soft eggshell background with its steel gray and silvery veins.

This natural stone embodies an understated opulence, but when featured on just one wall, it doesn’t overpower the somewhat simple kitchen design. This look is right on trend, but as a result of its classic nature, you’ll love it for years to come. 

Graceful Foyer Flooring

Featured: Crema Cappuccino Marble Subway Tile (Photo Credit: Houzz)

Subway tile doesn’t just belong on the walls. You can make an excellent first impression on guests with a marble floor in the foyer or entryway. This Crema Cappuccino 3x6 Marble Subway Tile from Turkey has a larger format subway tile that comes in 6x12. Installed in a herringbone pattern, it creates even more interest.

The polished stone includes a lovely cream color, highlighted by veins of ivory and contrasted with streaks of umber and espresso. Its size showcases the natural patterns and stunning variations of the stylish stone.