On trend, metro tiles

by Amy Biddle on Tuesday 19th January 2016

Amy Biddle

These neat little ceramic oblongs, typically with bevelled or nibbed edges are steadily creeping into our homes. Any tile shop will stock a range of metro tiles in a plethora of different colours and sizes. To get that true Tube station look, stick with plain white tiles and combine them with contrasting dark grout.

Here’s some different ways to use them in your kitchen:

Sit alongside wood - a perfect partner for metro tiles, warming up their shiny ceramic finish.

Pair up with punchy shades, metro tiles are versatile enough to be paired with just about any colour. A zesty lime wall is the perfect highlight to sit above these neutral tiles. Match with other colourful accessories for a bright and beautiful kitchen.

Take them round a corner, use in any corner to protect your walls, or just as an interesting alternative to paint.

Install a strip - you don't need to cover your walls with tiles from floor to ceiling to create some impact. A subtle approach works well, too.

Monochrome metro-tiled splash back - lay tiles in different shades of the same colour to add depth to your scheme. The glossy tiles behind the Aga in this kitchen provide a textural contrast to the matt pale blue cabinets.

Tiled kitchen wall - if you have a large wall to fill in the kitchen, consider creating an entire feature wall of brickwork-like metro tiles. The crisp white tiles have been finished with a grey grout which really makes them stand out, and delivers an industrial feel. Hang open white-oak shelves stacked with eclectic kitchenware to add depth and interest to your design.

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