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First gracing the underground train stations of New York City in the 1900s, these iconic tiles have since become a popular choice for interior design enthusiasts worldwide. No longer confined to horizontal arrangements, contemporary subway tiles now feature innovative patterns, colours, shapes, textures and sizes.

Though you may not be familiar with the term “subway tiles”, you have undoubtedly encountered them. Recently experiencing a revival, these chic tiles have become a favourite among homeowners and design publications alike, adorning stylish kitchen and bathroom spaces.

Subway tiles are elongated, slender rectangular tiles, typically crafted from ceramic materials. Their name hails from their original application in New York’s subway system in the early 20th-century, where they lined station walls, creating a bright and pristine appearance.

While the classic horizontal layout remains popular for residential kitchen splashbacks, many designers now opt for vertically placed subway tiles, presenting a fresh and unexpected twist on this enduring design staple.


Whether you are renovating your entire home or setting out to refresh your kitchen with a subway tiles splashback project, you will find a perfect subway wall tile at Elegance Tiles. We offer a comprehensive range of subway tile colours and finishes and ship directly to you. 

Explore our diverse collection of subway tiles, featuring classic white options, contemporary terrazzo designs, and vibrant hues such as olive greens and deep blues for a playful touch. Our inventory also includes wood-look subway tiles and darker shades like blacks and greys, perfect for a modern bathroom setting. With a variety of sizes available, you can find the ideal subway tile to accommodate any space.

Transform your kitchen

Subway tiles offer a simple yet refined style, making them perfect for giving your kitchen a glossy finish. If you want to keep things classic, white subway tiles can offer a clean and coordinated look. Additionally, splashes of colour like green can add a playful and lively touch to your interiors.

The benefits of subway tiles

Easy to clean

Hailing from the iconic New York subway system, it’s no surprise that subway tiles have earned a reputation for being low maintenance. Subway tiles are dirt-resistant and a perfect wall tile, known for their smooth and glossy finishes. They can also easily be cleaned with a simple sponge wipe, making them ideal for applying to high-traffic areas like kitchens or as perfect bathroom tiles.

Stain resistant

Subway tiles possess a natural resistance to stains, thanks to their glazed surface that forms a protective barrier. This feature makes it difficult for stains to penetrate, and any spills can be easily wiped away. Their innate stain resistance, coupled with their attractive appearance, renders subway tiles a favoured choice for kitchens.


Timeless and versatile, subway tiles add an effortless touch of sophistication and refinement to any space. Their sleek, simple design makes it easy to create a visually appealing and uncluttered look. With a wide array of colours, textures, and finishes available, you’re sure to find the perfect wall tile to suit your interior design preferences, ensuring a classic, enduring style for your bathroom or kitchen.


If you are looking for a tiling solution at affordable prices, subway tiles are an excellent option. Offering an economical tiling solution without compromising on quality, their durability makes them a valuable, long-lasting investment for your home.


Subway tiles offer endless arrangement possibilities, from traditional horizontal patterns to modern vertical designs, as well as more intricate diagonal and crisscrossing layouts that create a bold statement. Their extensive range of colours and styles, from glossy white finishes to rugged grey matt appearances, caters to diverse tastes, seamlessly integrating with any room’s aesthetic.

Why shop with Elegance Tiles?

If you are looking to buy subway tiles Melbourne-wide, or within Australia, discover a range of high-quality and durable options when you shop with Elegance Tiles.

Our tiles are sourced from the world’s best manufacturers, spanning Italy, Spain, Brazil, China, and the United Arab Emirates. Always in line with our stringent quality standards, our diverse selection of floor and wall tiles cater to a wide array of discerning preferences. Regardless of your personal style, you’re sure to find the perfect tiles for your space at an affordable price. Browse our collection of subway tiles online today, and discover the ideal solution for your design needs.


What is the standard subway tile size?

Although there is no one-size-fits-all standard for subway tiles, we typically consider the average size to be 75 x 300mm. However, 100 x 300mm and 60 x 240mm are also common sizes that are widely used. With the expanding range of available options, any rectangular tile with a 1:2 dimension ratio may be classified as a subway tile.

What is a subway wall tile made from?

Our range of subway tiles is available in both porcelain and ceramic materials. Porcelain is suitable for any area due to its non-porous nature, making it a great choice for wet areas like bathrooms, laundries or kitchens. Meanwhile, ceramic tiles are typically used for walls and internal areas only. Both materials offer superior durability, ensuring our subway tiles can withstand heavy traffic, making them an excellent option for both residential and commercial applications.

We also have wood-look subway tiles made from porcelain, so you can put a modern twist on timeless subway wall tiles with an oak-inspired look.

Are subway tiles expensive?

Subway tiles can be quite affordable, especially if traditional white ceramic subway tiles are used. However, with a wide range of subway tiles available, prices can vary based on material, colour, pattern and style.

If you are looking for an affordable range of subway wall tiles, please feel free to reach out to our friendly team. We’ll be happy to help you find the perfect subway tile within your budget while maintaining a timeless look.

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