Subway Tile, Design, and a New Line

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Subway tile is a style of glazed ceramic tile as used on the walls of New York subway stations in the early twentieth century. When subway stations were being built in New York as far back as the 1900s, many stations were typically covered in 3” x 6” rectangular tiles. The steady popularity of these tiles eventually inspired it to become a staple of timeless design, expressly as home builders and designers continue to showcase the style’s sleek beauty to date. Subway tile is now widely used in a variety of installations, specifically, in bathrooms and kitchens as a result of its unlimited flexibility around living spaces.


Home builders and designers are especially pleased to find characteristics of twentieth century subway tile and modern design packed into a brand new line called “53rd Avenue,” recently released by the Jeffrey Court brand. The new line boasts a total of 3 collections including Arctic Whisper, Mohave Canyon, and Shadow Mill. These collections offer an assortment of styles, specifically the 3” x 6” field, or subway tile. The color offerings are available in white and grey, warm earth tones and natural hues, as well as cool and rich hues from the grey and brown color palette.


Today, subway tile is used beyond the underpass… and is now a core feature in home design. Its elegant beauty continues to derive from the sleek design that made it a permanent fixture in subway stations and eventually a lasting staple in American homes more than a century ago. Its style forward appeal has been reimagined and refreshed to match modern design concepts, specifically embodied in the 53rd Avenue line.