The Metro Tile is instantly recognisable to millions of people. But why? Put simply, the underground. They were used in the London Underground System in the early part of the twentieth century. The platforms were lined in metro tiles, and still are to this day; sturdy and robust – standing the test of time. Each station was given it’s own distinctive colours – to help passengers recognise when it was time to get off. An interior icon of the future had been created.
A world of colour
You don’t have to go for white metro tiles! We have 32 colours to choose from. That’s more choice than any other tile retailer in the UK. Choose your favourite colour. Choose shades that match your theme. Reds, blues, greens, browns, yellows, blacks – we’ve got them all! Take a look through our metro collection, and see what you like the look of.
Brick effect tiles have been back in fashion for a while now. And above all, the bevelled designs are the most popular. Appearing in some of the trendiest establishment in the UK, they’re perfect for adding vintage charm to an interior setting; instantly taking us back to the glitz and glamour of the 1920’s. The ‘Downton Chic’ or ‘Gatsby Glitz,’ as we like to call it.
Metro Tiles are small and easy to work with; allowing us to tile into the tightest of gaps. They can be used to create a splashback behind a sink or hob. Or, alternatively, they can fill the awkward space between a work surface and the under-belly of the overhead units in a kitchen area. They’re also perfect for use in a bathroom. White wall tiles make a bathroom seem fresh, bright and clean – so opt for white Metro Tiles in your bathroom area. Unlike plain square wall tiles, the bevelled design will add a bit of definition and character to the wall surfaces. White colours also help to make a room seem larger.
Mix and Match
Because metro tiles are relatively simplistic in design, they don’t overpower a room. For that reason, you’re able to mix and match them with pretty much any type of floor tile. Whether you fancy a nice stone effect, some striking Moroccan patterns, or a warm, realistic wood effect, Metro Tiles would fit quite happily with any floor design. Below, a monochrome metro mix has been combined with our Zeinah statement floor tiles.
Go Neutral and Accessorize
If you go for one of the lighter colours – white or cream – you’re able to create a nice, neutral backdrop to your room. This is a nifty interior design trick, being used more and more frequently, whereby the walls and floors of an interior setting, such as a living room or a bathroom, are decorated in neutral colours. The character of the room is then identified by the colour or the style of the accessories that are placed in the room. For example, in the image below, the owners of this home has chosen a green theme. And, although their tiles and units are white, they’re able to enforce this look through the colours of their accessories – the kettle, the glasses on the shelf, the sugar, coffee and tea containers, the toaster, the salt and pepper grinders. When they want to change their theme, it’s simply a case of replacing the accessories!
You don’t have to go for a simple brick-bond design! Break the mould, and be a little more inventive with your tile layout. Listed below are a few of our favourite metro patterns – perfect for bathroom and kitchen wall areas.
The long and short of it
We don’t only do 200x100mm metro tiles, you know. We actually have three sizes to choose from. One smaller, for a more compact look. One larger, for an elongated, contemporary twist. Check out our 150×75 and 300×100 ranges!
Best of all? Metro tiles start from as little as £9.95 per Sqm – making them the perfect budget tile. But, as we’ve shown, just because you’re buying on a shoestring, you don’t have to compromise on style! Browse our Metro Tile Collection now.
Will you be inviting Metro Tiles into your interiors? Which colour will you go for, and which pattern will you go for? A typical brick-bond, or something a little more adventurous, like a herringbone layout?