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Subway tiles in kitchen - will they look dated?

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notmywords Sun 09-Jul-17 12:26:27

We're having a new kitchen. For reasons which are beyond me, we've never had a tiled kitchen spashback - just paint.

However this time is like tiles. I've never chosen tiles before and have no idea where to start.

I like the effect of subway tiles but will they look a bit dated in a year or so.

It's a modern kitchen with handleless door and slate grey corian worktops.

What would you suggest?

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KimchiLaLa Sun 09-Jul-17 12:41:44

I think I know which ones you mean (white, rectangular?) but can you post a pic?

Tobuyornot99 Sun 09-Jul-17 12:44:14

I think they will look very 2016 / 2017 as they are ubiquitous at the moment. However, who cares!? If you like them have them! You live in your house, unless you are planning to sell in the next few years I'd go for it.

PastaPosha Sun 09-Jul-17 12:47:42

I've had them for 10 years and they look great still. I don't think any tiles in a plain colour will date. (Unless maybe brown....or orange)

whatiswrongwithyou Sun 09-Jul-17 18:52:47

I have subway tiles in my kitchen - tiled in 2007 and I still love them! I've changed the style of my kitchen several times and the tiles have always adapted to the look.

user1495915742 Sun 09-Jul-17 19:38:26

Personally, I don't like them at all. They remind me of public toilets!

If they make you happy then get them!

FreezerBird Sun 09-Jul-17 19:40:46

I've got lovely sage green ones - they make me smile every time I walk into the kitchen.

However they're completely flat. I really dislike the ones with bevelled edges which remind me of a Victorian Public Convenience, as mentioned above!

sweetbabboo Sun 09-Jul-17 19:45:10

I think they are a classic design. We have white ones in our bathroom with period style toilet,sink, taps, etc and it looks modern but timeless IMO. Id love them in our kitchen if we ever manage to get rid of our current grotty one.

ShelaghTurner Sun 09-Jul-17 19:50:57

I love them and if i am ever fortunate enough to be redoing a kitchen they'll be there! Don't care how outdated they look. Anything has to be better than tiles with bowls of fruit on hmm

Sgtmajormummy Sun 09-Jul-17 19:59:56

No bevels, I agree!
They've been around for at least 10 years and I think they were popular in the 1950s too.
Grey grout was "in" recently, but I'd go for white or as close to the tile colour as possible.

Onhold Sun 09-Jul-17 20:00:54

They remind me of public toulilets too. I think they look horrible.

Onhold Sun 09-Jul-17 20:01:16


VeuveLilies Sun 09-Jul-17 20:24:25

Its only if you use dark grout that they look like public toilets
This isn't a great pic, but you can see the grey worktop and tiles

VeuveLilies Sun 09-Jul-17 20:27:05

Or this

YouHaveBeenSummarilyDismissed Sun 09-Jul-17 20:29:29

I am torn about this - having considered them recently- they seem timeless but they were a definite fad and were everywhere there for a time so will be seen as being from that period and as being trendy rather than classic.

notmywords Sun 09-Jul-17 20:29:53

Ooh thank you everyone.

The kitchen will look a bit like this ('kashmir' coloured units and mid grey worktop.

I think either white or blue subway tiles but I'm also drawn to these geometric ones!

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notmywords Sun 09-Jul-17 20:38:49

Ooh. Nice.

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SpookyBookey Sun 09-Jul-17 20:48:16

The blue ones you posted look gorgeous smile

wowfudge Sun 09-Jul-17 23:22:48

The geometric ones will date far more quickly. Rectangular, flat metro tiles are a design classic.

Joinourclub Sun 09-Jul-17 23:26:48

Love metro tiles. really love those geometric tiles, but don't think I'd be brave enough!

squoosh Sun 09-Jul-17 23:43:08

They're a design classic in that they come back into fashion every few decades but they will date. But then so will the trend for white kitchens. Everything dates so go for them if they're the ones that appeal.

BethennyFrankel Sun 09-Jul-17 23:48:15

I like the glass metro ones
Design classic imo

ilovevenice Sun 09-Jul-17 23:49:31

We have several lots of these tiles (kitchen/bathroom/utility) and they look great (our house is approx 1910), but am 100% with FreezerBird and Sgtmajormummy about not having bevelled edges (though totally flat ones are harder to find!)...

wowfudge Mon 10-Jul-17 20:26:02

For totally flat metro tiles try Johnson's Tiles.

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