Seven ways to create maximum impact with metro tiles

How to use metro tiles for a cool contemporary look

Metro tiles have the ability of striking a perfect balance of contemporary and classic style. An ordinary space can gain instant edge if they're used in the right way and, to prove the design's versatility, we've rounded up 7 ideas to inspire your next tiling project.

Grout for impact

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This bathroom achieves metro tile impact simply from using dark grouting to outline each and every tile. This gives the space a real retro edge. In addition, tiling floor to ceiling on every wall allows for a bog standard white scheme to make a big impression.

Super slim

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Size matters and it's essential to pick the right size tile for the space you're using it in. Super-slim metro tiles add a unique detail to this modern kitchen, really bringing it to life. Again, contrasting grouting really makes a feature of the tiles, enabling them to work harder in the space.

High shine

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For the daring among us, dark, high-shine tiles bring a sense of glamour to a room. We love how these tiles contrast the metallic materials used in the kitchen and enable light to bounce around a dark scheme. Team with accessories in rusty-red shades to make the base pop.

Feature wall

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Feature walls needn't be confined to wallpaper. Using metro tiles on one wall as here and painting the others in a complimenting shade transforms a room. We love the way this bath is positioned to accentuate the tile work and make it feel grand.

Unexpected spaces

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This tiling at the back of the cupboards adds a nice piece of detail and a different texture in an unexpected space. Rather than tiling around the cupboards, it's literally doing the opposite, with benefits that include less costs and saving time to create something with great impact.

A different angle

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The right angle is everything. Using metro tiles to create a herringbone pattern creates an illusion of a larger surface area and has high impact. Choose a colour that complements and contrasts your surrounding cabinetry for real stand out.

Colour pop

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Be brave and go for a bright colour in the bathroom for a hit of glamour. Blue is one of the biggest trending colours for autumn/winter interiors, so take some inspiration from these gorgeous tiles and go boldly into your tiling project.


Thea Babington-Stitt
Managing Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Managing Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for around 10 years.

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.