36 Stunning Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash Patterns And Colors



I was always wondering where the subway tile kitchen backsplash name comes from. Proud to be American, it was used in New York’s first metro station in 1904 and designed as a symbol of simplicity and cleanliness by two American designers: George C. Heins and Christoper Grant La Farge are the God Father of this invention.  

Without controversy, it would be a serendipity supporter or an appealing art piece in design.

Time to share my weekly pics with you. Hope you like them all.

White Shaker Cabinetry Quartzite Counters Subway Tile Backsplash Gray Floor

Photo Credit | Houzz

The white kitchen is always refreshing. I would say a layer cake with white topping: The bottom layer is a grey large format porcelain tile, and white cabinets are the second layer of the cake with black sprinkles (black grout with white subway tiles).

Black Granite Counters Wood Floor Modern Pendant Lightings Bar Stools Fictures Subway Tiles

Photo Credit | G.W. Smith Lumber Co

Traditional three-tone kitchens: Picking neutral colors always turns out satisfactory and soothes your mood. Black, white, and wood colors dance in this kitchen. Hickory hardwood flooring, leather bar stools, honed slate island top, black honed granite countertops, white shaker cabinets, and white glossy tile would not be shown that much attractive without having the two-tone kitchen chandeliers. 

Brown Island Cabinet Wood Flooring Quartz Counters Subway Wall Tiles Pendant Lightings

Photo Credit | Ryann Reed Design Build

Modern farmhouse kitchen in two-tone cabinets: Very clean and neat design which supports the beauty of white countertop by adding white glossy mosaic tile. 

Shaker Cabinetry Quartz Counters Medium Tone Wood Flooring Natural Stone Subway Backsplash

Photo Credit | Jeff Puckett Construction Inc

Traditional two-tone cabinets kitchen remodeling: The shades of black, gray, and white invite everybody to get involved with the party. Hickory hardwood flooring is a bonus. Marble-look grey wall tile and diamond-patterned inlet are the best additions.

Beige Handmade Subway Backsplash White Gray Shaker Cabinet Black Granite Countertops Pendant Lights

Photo Credit | The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn

Modern kitchen with two-tone color code: Cabinets have white and charcoal colors, countertops carry absolute black granite and granite look quartz countertops and backsplash selection goes for medley tan color and sand color. Inlet tile in herringbone style or aka mini herringbone finish. Kitchen island pendants are faced with opaque glass with dark frames which are the best pick for this room.

Grey Glass Wall Tile Brown Cabinet Quartz Countertop Wood Flooring

Photo Credit | Mother Hubbard’s Custom Cabinetry

The color selection for the wall tile is just perfect. Grey tiles with grey patterned borders match both stainless steel appliances and white engineered stone countertops.

Brown Fantasy Granite Countertops Grey Cabinetry Vinyl Flooring Glass Subway

Photo Credit | Main Line Kitchen Design

The distressing effect on the cabinet doors and hardwood floor makes this room more charming. Grey vein granite countertops and grey tile are both the living particles of this kitchen. Love the space-saving oven and microwave in the corner unit.

Quartz Countertops Grey Shaker Cabinetry Brown Wood Flooring Multicolored Glass Tiles Pendant Lights

Photo Credit | Main Line Kitchen Design

The updated form of the beautiful multicolored tile is a matchstick. The same rectangles are in miniature form but in a sliding pattern. Two-tone cabinetry two-tone countertops traditional design with matchstick style. Charcoal cabinetry is the best substitute for black. 

Black Hood Pendant Lightings Island Cabinet Grout White Subway Tile Light Flooring

Photo Credit | Chango & Co

Full high covered wall tiles backsplash signed by black grouts, white tiles, white cabinetry tied with black hardware, and black island carries the white countertop. Even the kilim rug is picked as black and white. Dreamy touch can be totally felt.

Open Concept Eat In Kitchen Subway Tile Pendant Lightings Black Counters Medium Tone Hardwood

Photo Credit | Pickell Architecture

Transitional kitchen in white with two-tone countertops: This kitchen brings me joy and pushes me to invite my friends for brunch to create a friendly environment. 

Granite Counters Subway Tile Hardwood Flooring Farmhouse Style Contemporary Cabinetry

Photo Credit | WINN Design+Build

Traditional kitchen with honed black countertop and Turkish coffee hardwood flooring. The best backsplash search to pick is light taupe which completes the puzzle. 

Simple Contrasting Design Straight Look Perfect Space Blue Subway Tile Hardwood Flooring Quartz Countersjpg

Photo Credit | WINN Design+Build

Traditional kitchen with two-tone cabinetry, grey ceramic full high backsplash. Different choices to come bathroom.

Green Cabinetry Vintage Bar Stools Hardwood Flooring Pendant Lightings Subway Tile Quartz Counters

Photo Credit | WINN Design+Build

Zen kitchen with sage cabinetry, light green backsplash, and white countertop. Are you ready to meditate while cooking?  

Contemporary Installation Modern Natural Look Cabinetry Timeless Corner Space Big Island Subway Tile hardwood Coffered Ceiling

Photo Credit | Echelon Custom Homes

Coffered ceiling, full-round accent window over the sink, raised accent island with fancy doors, and two-tone backsplash. Lean on the elements for design support. 

Traditional Classic Kitchen Ceramic Subway Tile Dark Cabinetry Hammered Copper Pendant Litghtings Marble Counters

Photo Credit | Kitchens By Kleweno

Modern rustic kitchen with marble island top and quartz countertops. Distressed cabinetry grout balances the color distribution. The sophisticated crown inlet seems like an art piece. 

Navy Blue Subway Tile White Grout Taupe Cabinetry Beige Flooring Quartz Counters

Photo Credit | Cabinets To Go

Navy herringbone backsplash in a neutral color with white countertops. If dark color tiles are picked in a lighter color design, they can be popped up just like an art piece. Applied theory of interior design. 

Honed Black Granite Counters Shaker White Cabinetry Grey Subway Tile Hardwood Flooring Farmhouse Kitchen

Photo Credit | WINN Design+Build

The inlet is a herringbone-style backsplash and gives a movement to this plain-looking peaceful kitchen. 

Giallo Napoli Granite Counters Gray Subway Tile Modern Cabinet

Photo Credit | Knight Construction Design Inc

U shape kitchen with white cabinetry, Santa Cecilia granite countertops, glazed brown subway tile kitchen backsplash, and brown pattern framed inlet. Play with the colors just play with the play dough.

Small Cottage Modern Farmhouse Sink Brown Floor Quartz Counters Open Shelves

Photo Credit | G.W. Smith Lumber Co

Eclectic kitchen design with white cabinet and white subway tile kitchen backsplash. The grout of the tile is picked as black. Since the design is inspired by industrial kitchens by adding open shelves with iron pipelines and wood combinations, everything comes in a wrapped package. 

Porcelain Subway Backsplash Farmhouse Grey Quality Wall Paint Beige Vinyl Floor

Photo Credit | Ryann Reed Design Build

White kitchen with stainless steel appliances and grey ceramic subway tile. Glossy tiles reflect the light and give a spacious look to the kitchen

Dark Wood Flooring Multicolored Granite Surface Blue Cabinetry Subway Backsplash Farmhouse Design

Photo Credit | Ryann Reed Design Build

Modern Mediterranean design with two-tone color code: Azure cabinetry and maple cabinetry, and Mediterranean ceramic decorative tile are the promises of the bold statement.

Interesting Clean Look Natural Stone Subway Beige Backsplash Granite Countertops Medium Tone Cabinetry

Photo Credit | Hamish Anderson Custom Homes

Gorgeous rustic design with a modern touch: The tree trunk support beam, maple high beam, travertine hardwood flooring with patterned tile design, travertine three-dimensional backsplash, open shelving, perforated glass raised breakfast bar over the natural stone, and hand-blown Murano pendants

Black Soapstone Countertop Gray Porcelain Subway Backsplash Light Wood Cabinetry

Photo Credit | The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn

Contemporary kitchen with oak cabinetry: All the designed elements bond organically; Textured glass cabinet doors and open shelf, absolute black granite countertop, oak hardwood flooring, and grey matte ceramic subway tile.

Soapstone Countertops Subway Backsplash White Cabinetry Gray Paint Pendant Lightings Eat In Kitchen Open Concept

Photo Credit | Main Line Kitchen Design

Three-dimensional glossy backsplash tile comes with texture and completes the picture.

Quartz Counters Farmhouse Sink White Subway Tile High Ceiling Timeless Contrasting

Photo Credit | Main Line Kitchen Design

The crown molding over the modern cabinetry and the cabinet lighting has definitely an artisan touch. The cabinet lighting shows the excellence of the countertop and white subway.


Shaker Cabinetry Medium Tone Wood Flooring Green Subway Tile Marble Counters

Photo Credit | Nystrom Design

Two-tone countertops are white quartz countertops and butcher block island tops. Mirror image in the white craftsman kitchen: The power of symmetry shakes hands with the power of contradiction.

Wood Counters Black Subway Tile Hardware Light Hardwood Flooring Yellow Paint Cabinetry

Photo Credit | Paul Johnson Carpentry & Remodeling

These metal three-dimensional subway tiles are easy to clean and shine forever. Brushed iron hardware and brushed iron pendants cooperate with the tile which needs a keen eye designer.

Clean Lines Timeless Contrasting Finish Open Space Different Hood Modern Home

Photo Credit | CVI Design – Carly Visser

Craftsman kitchen with two-tone cabinetry and two-tone countertops: Grey and white friendship celebrate color harmony. White subway tile is specially selected to provide the best support for this celebration.

Blue Cabinetry Subway Tiles Hardwood Flooring Quartz Counters Intersting Free Stand Table

Photo Credit | WINN Design+Build

The design is loyally followed by the beautiful colors: Navy kitchen cabinetry and navy floating shelf with quartz countertop and glossy subway backsplash is like the coxed four-sailing on the maple hardwood flooring. Bow for detail-oriented design.

Cutting Edge Users Friendly Perfect Finish Timeless Pattern Subway Tile hardwood Flooring Granite Counters Modern Cabinet

Photo Credit | WINN Design+Build

White craftsman kitchen with taupe glass backsplash, copper inlet, and white countertops. Dark hardwood flooring deserves a high five. Full-covered walls designed home to share the ideas for a project like this are stunning.

Grey Shaker Cabinetry Subway Tile Floating Shelves Porcelain Flooring Quartz Counters

Photo Credit | Waypoint Living Spaces

Modern kitchen with grey cabinetry, light grey hardwood flooring, quartz countertops, and white subway. Clean lines matched with cabinetry and flooring to create a sign for classic kitchens. Refreshing design. 

Popular Subway Tile Copper Hood Quartz Counters Hardwood Flooring Pendant Lightings Farmhouse Kitchen Traditional Contrast Colors

Photo Credit | Kitchens By Kleweno

Coffered ceiling, full-round accent window over the sink, raised accent island with glass doors, two-tone quartz countertops, hickory hardwood flooring, two-tone cabinetry, and two-tone backsplash.

Site Make Quality Add High Find Big Users Free Stand Island Beige Subway Tile Marble Counters Hardwood Flooring Farmhouse Pendant Lightings

Photo Credit | kelly mcguill home

Traditional kitchen project with fully covered walls with taupe tile and cauliflower blue and white cabinetry. Quartz countertops are the best company for light grey backsplash.

Modern Pendant Lightings Grey Subway Tile Brown Fantasy Granite Counters Shaker Cabinetry Hardwood Flooring

Photo Credit | WINN Design+Build

Transitional kitchen with gorgeous granite countertops and grey tile. I think the tile is semi-gloss ceramic and color is a safe bet. This project involves tile installation with white grout.

Natural Stones Honed Granite Counter Surface Subway Tile Gold Kitchen Fixtures Hardware Marble Island

Photo Credit | kelly mcguill home

Farmhouse kitchen with high ceiling and full high backsplash: Two-tone countertops provide the right balance in the colors. Golden faucets and golden hardware are for the warm touches. 

Grey Subway Tile Quartz Counters Brown Hardwood Flooring Pendant Lightings

Photo Credit | Knight Construction Design Inc

Traditional kitchen ideas with cabinets and birch hardwood flooring combine well with the other elements.

Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash Layouts

There are some patterns for the layouts of 3″ by 6″ tiles. Tile sizes would vary from your expectations. 

Strict rows: The rows and columns are seen like an Xcel spreadsheet. An example is the white subway tile.

Sliding pattern rows: Rows either following the center connection or 1/3 connection.  (2-row or 3-row patterns) 

Herringbone: The other name is fishbone. It brings creative movement into your wall and can be the best decorative kitchen installation element.     

Matchstick pattern rows: The rows are  4 and up to row patterns dividing the tile into 1/4 and 1/8 etc.

Subway Tiles Backsplash Materials

Simple install ideas could create a classic look.

White Subway Tile Backsplash Color And Beyond

White is a classic since it was introduced in 1904. Taupe is a very neutral color to match almost anything. Dark green, dark blue, black, and dark brown is back since the cabinet’s color is getting lighter to make a contrast. Bathroom mosaic sign choose add make simple find come stores search

Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash Grout Color Trend

Grout is the hidden backbone of artisan work. If the white subway backsplash tile is picked any color matching your cabinet can be used. As an opinion, I may add the name of the color: Bright white, snow white, antique white, alabaster, bone, linen, haystack, canvas, new taupe, oyster grey, natural grey, pewter, and black.

But those names would not frame your imagination. From red to purple or yellow you can pick any of the color matchings with your backsplash. Bathroom mosaic straight edge to choose from search with ideas.