Post # 1
Bees! I need your help!
We are redoing the backsplash in our kitchen and I’m torn between two sizes of subway tile. The classic 3 x 6 size and the elongated size that measures 3 x 12. Our kitchen has white cabinets, black granite countertops, and brushed silver hardware. Please tell me which style you like better!! Pics below.
Classic 3 x 6 size:
Elongated 3 x 12 size:
I really love them both (and they are very similar) but I’m having trouble committing! I love the classic because it’s well … classic, but I’m worried that maybe this size of subway tile is on it’s way out since it’s been popular for so long? I also love the elongated style because it’s slightly more modern, but perhaps it’s just a trend that will look dated in a few years?
Post # 2
I prefer the first ones, the second ones look like they have a slight texture to them which I think dates them.
Post # 3
I like the elongated look. We just did something similar in our bathroom.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2018 - Vineyard Lake
I just wanted to say, the “classic” is named so for a reason….it’s not going out of style.
Post # 5
I like the elongated. Less grout.
Post # 6
northbee : how big is your space? If you have a large area I’d go elongated, but in a small kitchen I’d lean toward classic.
Post # 7
LilliV : Our space is right in the middle. The backsplash will be about 27 square feet, which is average (from what the tile consultant told me).
Post # 8
northbee : in that case both would work! If it helps you decide, assuming it’s a longer run of backsplash, then I’d go elongated. If it’s broken up a lot around the room I’d go smaller. We probably a similar amount of tile we needed but there are a few very narrow parts (over stove, between sink and window) that an elongated tile wouldn’t have repeated enough times in that narrow space for my liking (since those spaces are only 1-2 tiles tall I wanted a few going across if that makes sense).
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
northbee : I have elongated subway tile in my kitchen. I prefer the proportions, and I think it looks more streamlines than the shoter version. Even still, I think the differences between these two options is subtle enough you can’t go wrong.
Is the 27 feet linear or does it turn a corner? I think the look of the shorter tiles in a long straight line would end up looking busier than you would want.
Also, I wish I had gotten colored grout. A suble gray or even a charcoal. We have a black and white kitchen and it just ends up being a LOT of white, with the tile, the cupboards, and the grout. I like the distinction between tiles a colored grout can provide, I just didn’t think about it when we were making our selection.
Post # 10
northbee : Depends on how much tile yo plan to use and the space of the room. Elongated tiles are very nice and help make a small room look wider, but go well in bigger rooms. Smaller tiles will look good in average to smaller rooms.
elongates gives a nice appeal to the eye!
Post # 11
I have the 3×6 white subway in my kitchen and love it. But as others have said – and I know it’s no help – either would look great. Like teamroro, even with the classic 3×6, I wish I had gotten colored grout instead of white because I have white cabinets, white subway tile back splash and white carrera marble counter tops. It’s A LOT of white as you can see! So I’m planning to recolor them with a product I found that looks relatively simple. I just have to find the time to do it….
Post # 12
mkendrick : your kitchen is absolutely stunning! It doesn’t look like too much white to me. Thanks for sharing 😊. It’s a great example of the 3 x 6 backsplash.
Post # 13
teamroro : The 27 feet does turn a corner, so it’s not all one straight line.
And I had been planning on using a bright white grout to match the tile, but now two of you have mentioned you wish you went darker 🤔. Regardless of the tile I end up going with, I’m now thinking maybe a light grey grout would be best.
Post # 14
The first one looks like my middle school school bathroom tiles. I love the second one!
Post # 15
Chiming in on the colored grout. Not only does it break up the white, it doesn’t show stains like white. White grout doesn’t stay white for long.