Marble subway tiles combine two perennial favourites for home decor into one sophisticated 150x75mm package. These luxurious decorative wall features bring a luxurious twist to the classic subway tile with the injection of the iconic soft veining of natural marble tiles.
There's no denying that the classic subway will always be a popular tile choice, but the growing popularity of marble in a wide range of formats including penny round tiles, hexagons, herringbone, slabs and more have meant that the ultimate cross-over: marble subways were always inevitable.
Here are Beaumonts' tips for making your marble subway tile feature shine from the bathroom to the kitchen and every room in between.
Laying rectangular subway tiles in a herringbone pattern creates a completely different effect that the same pattern using long, plank-like tiles – like timber look tiles. And that effect is only enhanced when you use marble subway tiles.
Thanks to the natural variation from tile to tile, you start to see subtle shifts in shade and the direction of the marble’s veining throughout the angles of the herringbone pattern.
Subway tiles are traditionally 150mm long by 72mm wide but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with size and shape at all!
In fact, subway tiles up to 300mm long are a popular choice for splashbacks in kitchens and laundries.
Black marbles like Pietra create a totally distinctive and different look than their lighter cousins like Carrara.
Maintaining a strong sense of luxury, these dark marble tiles add an incredible depth to a surface and create an opportunity to highlight their pale shoots of veining as well as accentuating your chosen laying pattern.
This is the most traditional way to lay subway tiles, and for good reason. The one-by-two proportions of these compact tiles are perfectly suited to the even staggering of this laying pattern.
As shown here, this look makes use of an even smaller-than-average marble subway tile to keep a sense of proportion with the wall basin mixer. Marble is also the perfect pairing for tapware in black or rose gold.
To see your vision really come together into a style and a space that you’ll love, consider how your marble subway tiles will complement and play off the rest of your design choices. From the other tiles you choose to bathroomware like your bath and vanity right through to taps and accessories; look at how all your choices work together.
At Beaumonts we offer a range of complete bathroom packages to make this easy or give you a springboard to start exploring your own ideas.