The history of Subway tile bathroom started with New York Subway opening. It happened in 1904, when the first passengers saw the walls covered with white tiles reminding bricks by their shape and size. The tile which later got the name Subway had 6 inches in its length and it was 3 inches width. Subway is the place which always “catches” dirt and dust, so the walls do the same.
White tiles which covered the walls there was a real way out of the situation – it was so easy to clean it! This tile type was loved not only by Subway workers and passengers who enjoyed watching snow white walls. People started to use this material at home, and soon Subway tile for bathroom popularity was terrific.
White color was the classic one to be used in bathrooms, but with time it started to look too formal and dull. The new hues of Subway tiles appeared. Today bathroom Subway tiles resemble their elderly relatives only by shape and by size. Unlike traditional tiles, Subway are rectangular.
Some manufactures who found these tiles resemble bricks manufacture tiles which look like a real brick wall when installed. Glass and stone are also used as the material for making tiles in Subway style. The lovely look of these tiles combines with the nice texture of their back side.
Thus many homeowners refuse to hire a contractor to tile them the bathroom walls and do the job themselves. They install classic or modified Subway tile in bathroom.