When it comes to giving your home an update, it’s natural to want your decor changes to last longer than a passing interior design trend. This is why our range of brick effect and metro tiles offer a perfect solution for any room in the home, delivering a durable finish that will stay looking pristine for years.
Of course, longevity is a desirable quality in a tile - but there’s more to longevity than hard-wearing materials that can handle their fair share of wear and tear. At Tiles Direct, we’d say lasting beauty is just as important as durability. Sometimes, this means making compromises, foregoing heavy patterns in favour of something timeless and evergreen, but with metro wall tiles it’s possible to have the best of both worlds.
Our iconic range of metro tiles (otherwise known as subway tiles, underground tiles or brick effect tiles) offer an ideal way to revitalise tired interiors. From kitchens and bathrooms to living rooms and hallways, these versatile, era-bending tiles offer endless styling possibilities to bring your home’s interiors well and truly up-to-date.
With a rich history, you can find out more about the cultural roots and design potential of our metro brick tiles, giving you all the inspiration you need for bringing a fresh new look to kitchens, bathrooms and beyond.
In the early 1900s, the walls of London and New York’s Underground stations were famously adorned with plain, white, brick-shaped tiles. This boasted a powerful, timeless look that birthed the name ‘subway tiles’ in the United States and ‘metro tiles’ here in the UK.
Due to their simple, slick, minimalist look, these popular brick-look wall tiles are among the most versatile on the market. And thanks to their iconic origins as subway tiles, they’re also the epitome of contemporary chic.
The first subway tiles were designed by George C. Heins and Christopher Grant La Farge. Chosen for their aesthetic appeal and easy-clean, durable glazed surface, subway tiles offered a practical solution to decorate the first underground railway station, City Hall, in New York.
An instant hit, it wasn’t long before subway tiles crossed the Atlantic and began appearing in underground stations in other major cities like London and Paris.
Despite many of London’s tube stations undergoing modern overhauls, you don’t have to go far to see stunning examples of original metro tile designs for yourself. From the colourful station signs at Regent’s Park and Russell Square to the iconic white corridors at Tottenham Court Road, the beauty and visual impact of subway tiles can still be witnessed today. This is great news as it offers interior design inspiration even in the most practical spaces.
Instantly recognisable by their slim brick shape - generally being twice or three times as wide as they are tall - brick-look metro tiles are highly sought-after in the world of interior design. Available in a broad spectrum of shades and finishes, it’s possible to pair subway tiles with all kinds of design themes.
One thing to note, though, is that classic metro tiles are almost exclusively sold in plain designs, using block colours. This quality allows them to play a powerful supporting role in a room’s overall aesthetic - be that a retro-themed kitchen or a contemporary bathroom.
Naturally, traditional designs evolve to cater for modern styles and changing customer demands. As a result, the humble underground tile is no longer limited to the quintessential colours and styles you see in tube stations.
While the dimensions and design principles have largely remained the same, you can now find an even greater choice of metro-style tiles on offer. For a traditional finish, go for flat edge subway tiles or add depth to walls with bevelled edges. Or, play around with different finishes, shapes and materials like subway tiles with a crackled glaze, natural stone options, oxidised tiles, chevron-shaped versions and rustic styles (to name but a few).
So much choice means even greater potential for home interior updates. You can have all the alluring charm and characteristics of a metro tile with the added scope for incorporating different textures and finishes. Whatever home design ideas you have in mind, we’re confident there’s a metro tile to match.
When it comes to covering your walls, metro tiles are the ideal solution, and here’s why:
To enjoy the full impact of brick effect tiles, it’s important to get your colour choice spot on. With tile colour options galore up for grabs, you really can have your pick of the entire colour spectrum.
If you love classic colour schemes, our choice of black, cream, grey and white subway tiles is sure to have just what you need, but these aren’t the only colours you’ll find.
Use the raised profile of the bevelled edges on brick effect tiles in muted hues for added impact, or keep it simple with a flat finish to your walls. Whatever your preference, you’ll still find plenty of colour inspiration to pull off your dream interior updates, including:
Whether you’re tackling a minor kitchen update, a full bathroom renovation or any other room, our metro brick effect tiles deliver versatility, colour and flair. The right tile finish can have a direct impact on the overall look and feel of your space.
That’s why, at Tiles Direct, we want to give you as much variety as possible when it comes to choosing your metro brick tiles. So, beyond our extensive colour wheel, you’ll also find a fantastic array of different finishes and materials available for metro wall tiles, giving you all the versatility you need for your desired look.
From smooth, glossy brick tiles that deliver a clean and sleek finish to oxidised metallic mosaics,