One of the top trends in kitchen tiling for 2017 and beyond is the usage of subway tiles. You may recognize subway tiles from chic restaurants and other commercial spaces around the greater Charleston area. However, more and more homeowners in the Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and the Lowcountry areas are taking a liking to subway tiles for residential usage. The reason? Subway tiles are popular for their beauty, durability, and stain resistance. Our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International of Charleston offer more details on subway tiles below.

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You don’t have to be Captain Obvious to figure this one out. Subway tiles get their name from their original placement in the underground subway stations of the early 1900s New York City. These tiles became one of the most iconic building materials of 20th century America. If subway tiles have been popular for over 100 years, you can rest assured they aren’t going out of style anytime soon.


There’s no mistaking the iconic white rectangle look of subway tiles. They are beautiful yet simple, making them a perfect fit for a complimentary kitchen backsplash. These tiles are twice as wide as they are tall and most commonly sized at 3” by 6” for residential use. Smaller or larger subway tiles are also available depending on taste.


Subway tiles are made of glazed ceramic tiles and placed with grout and caulk. Ceramic tiles are extremely durable and should hold up for decades without the need for much upkeep or repair. If you install subway tiles as your kitchen backsplash, they will last even longer than tile flooring because they won’t undergo the day-to-day impact of foot traffic.

Stain Resistance

One of the main reasons why people love subway tiling for their kitchen backsplashes is because it’s stain resistant to all the food splatter that’s sure to happen with regular meal prep. Does it always look like something exploded in your kitchen? You can’t go wrong with a kitchen backsplash of subway tile, where just a few rag wipes will wash everything away.

Thinking about subway tile for your next home project? Don’t hesitate to call the number below to speak with our experts at Floor Coverings International of Charleston. We also offer free in-home design consultations to residents of the Charleston, Mount Pleasant, the and Lowcountry areas.

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