For the longest time, I've been sold on traditional white subway tile with dark grout for our master bathroom.  Like this:

Fashion designer Lauren Moffatt's bathroom,
From Design*Sponge. Photos by Alice Gao

But lately, something about squares is calling out to me. Maybe it's because subway tile is so common, but square tile in a running bond pattern is feeling fresh -- a bit less expected than subway tile, but still a classic choice.

Mandy Milks's bathroom 
Photographer: Michael Graydon Source: House & Home March 2013 issue
I've already purchased a biscuit-colored hex tile for the floor -- but if that weren't already a done deal, this photo may have sold me on black hex for the floor. It looks like it would feel nice underfoot, and warm too. But I'm still happy with what I chose, and the price was right, so there.

My hope is that this summer we will be able to hire someone to do our bathroom tile work. I get all happy inside when I think about not having to do this job ourselves. It's a considerable amount of tiling, and we are taking a good look at our To Do lists to try to see what we can parse out and what we can do ourselves. This seems like one of those jobs that a pro can do much faster -- giving us more time to do the less brain-intensive tasks that are still looming. (Please don't make me use my brain.)

Anyway, back to the point:

Which tile do you like better -- subway or square?


  1. I like the square, too

  2. the square is fun, just like the classic subway tile but enough of a change to feel different. LOVE the black hex floors. Why didn't I think of that??


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