Is Subway Tile Out of Style?

Classic, clean white subway tile has been a top kitchen and bath trend for years.

Sometimes, even the classics demand a refresh. And subway tile — long favored for its practicality and clean aesthetic — is no exception. With a renewed emphasis on color, pattern and texture in 2017, we’re seeing some departure from the simpler subway tile looks we’ve come to know and love. This year, designers and homeowners are gravitating toward bigger, bolder tile options —and even putting some new twists on the old subway tile classics.

Here’s a look at what’s trending in tile now. Plus, some exclusive tips and tidbits from tile industry experts!

Don’t be blindsided by costs. Do plan and stick to a budget.

This is often one of the most difficult aspects of the planning process. It’s also one of the most important. Going into a remodel without a clear budget guarantees that you will spend more than you want to, or are comfortable with. Try HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide to help you get a better idea of how much you can expect your remodel to cost. Having your budget nailed down before you meet with contractors will ensure you’re able to accurately compare quotes.

DON’T BE IMPULSIVE. DO YOUR RESEARCH.

This might be hard to imagine, but one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to rush headlong into a remodel without properly planning it out. You might be itching to get started, but starting a project before you have every detail and contingency locked down could be a recipe for disaster. And while the planning process varies, 30% of HomeAdvisor users spent between 1-2 months planning their remodel. Remember: knowing exactly what you want ensures you don’t get what you don’t.