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5 Ways To Use Metro Tiles In Your Kitchen

If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, then metro tiles are the perfect way to go. They add a classic, stylish look to any kitchen and are super affordable. Another bonus to metro tiles is that you can configure them in many different ways, to ensure your kitchen is unique.

In this blog, we have compiled 5 different ways you can use metro tiles in your kitchen, so you can find the perfect way to display your style in your home.

What are metro tiles?

Metro tiles, or subway tiles, are brick shaped tiles that come in a range of colours and sizes. They’re based on the traditional tiles typically found on the London Underground or in subway stations.

They’re one of the most popular tiles for kitchens and bathrooms, as they fit in with a range of styles; traditional, modern and contemporary to name a few. They never go out of fashion, are easy to clean and can be used in a range of different ways to create a unique look.

Ways to use metro tiles in your kitchen


There is no shame in opting for the classic, brick style look when it comes to metro tiles. Whether your tiles are white, black, grey or a brighter colour, the traditional offset look works great with every style, and leaves your kitchen with a look that will stand the test of time.

If you enjoy the classic look but don’t fancy having your kitchen all one colour, why not add in a row of contrasting metro tiles? For example, a white tiled kitchen would look fantastic with a row of grey tiles to add to its character.

The most popular way to have this classic look is with white metro tiles and a dark grout to make them really stand out. Love a bit of colour? Choose from pink, blue, green and red metro tiles and add a pop of colour to your kitchen.

Vertical Layout

If you prefer a contemporary design look, then why not try a vertical layout? Placing metro tiles vertically rather than horizontally can give your kitchen a more unique look, as it strays slightly from the classic design, while still remaining modern and stylish.

Again, mixing colours can really create an interesting and unique look that makes your kitchen stand out from the crowd.

Oven surround

The oven is the centre of the kitchen and a lot of homeowners choose to create a feature out of this. Traditional style kitchens with moulded surrounds look beautiful with a metro feature.

Going for a more modern look? These green, gloss metro tiles create a beautiful and welcoming effect. They’re super easy to wipe clean too – perfect for use in the kitchen.

Kitchen splashback

It’s no secret that metro tiles make for a great backsplash, they’re easy to clean and can withstand lots of spillages, but it’s worth noting the excellent look it can add to your kitchen. By restricting your metro tiles to one area, you are open to a range of style options. For example, you can add a splash of colour to a neutral kitchen by adding coloured metro tiles as a backsplash, or vice versa!


Another great layout choice is chevron. Laying your metro tiles out in a chevron pattern makes your design much more interesting. Using different colours within the pattern can also add uniqueness to your kitchen, for example, using monochrome colours in this type of layout makes for a modern, smart and stylish look.


Similar to chevron, herringbone has the metro tiles configured in a beautiful pattern that creates a unique and interesting style in your kitchen.

Herringbone is frequently used on floors, especially parquet and wooden flooring, but it’s becoming increasingly popular for use on walls too.

The herringbone effect is beautiful for splashbacks in kitchens because it’s eye-catching and adds a lot of character to a small space.

Kitchen Metro Tiles

As you can see, there are a vast range of ways to utilise metro tiles within your kitchen and not only are they stylish, there are also a range of benefits to using them:

  • They’re long lasting
  • Easy to clean
  • Always in style
  • Wide range of options

Outside of our suggestions, you could also add colour to your kitchen with more bold and colourful metro tiles, or pair your tiles up with patterned floor tiles to add extra character to the room. Metro tiles also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, which can further influence your design choices.