29 Unique Grey Subway Tile Ideas

Grey Subway Tile

Grey subway tiles may not be as popular as white ones, but this underrated look will surely add a pop to any room! So whether you’re looking to use grey subway tile for a kitchen backsplash, bathroom shower, or even a fireplace, there is a design for you!

When designing a space with grey subway tile, the most important decision is grout color. Use white grout with grey tile for a bright contrast, while black grout can give a moody vibe. For a seamless look, use grey grout that will blend with your tiles.

For more inspiration, see the gallery below of our favorite grey subway tile ideas for your home.

1. Use Polished Grey Subway Tile for a Stunning Look

Polished Grey Subway Tile With Grey Grout  Behind Appliances
Photo: simplysingharath

This kitchen uses polished grey subway tile with grey grout that creates a beautiful backsplash. The glossy finish reflects light and gives a clean look to this kitchen with white cabinets and countertops.

2. Contrast White Cabinets with Grey Tile

Polished Light Gray Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash With White Cabinets
Photo: alieshaporto

The white quartz countertop and cabinets go perfectly with this light grey kitchen backsplash. The grey tones in the tile match the stainless steel appliances and veining in the quartzite. When choosing your tile, light grey is a fantastic alternative to white.

3. Use a Matte Grey Subway Tile for a Modern Look

Matte Light Grey Subway Tile With White Grout And A Gold Mirror
Photo: streamline_construction_inc

Try using matte grey subway tiles with white grout like this bathroom for a more modern look. Extending the tile to the ceiling also makes this room look larger, while the gold mirror adds a touch of warmth.

4. layer Decor with Dark Tile to create depth

Dark Grey Kitchen Backsplash With Grey Grout
Photo: simplysingharath

This dark grey subway tile backsplash adds a nice contrast to this white kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Decor around the stove helps bring in neutral tones, while the polished finish on the backsplash matches the countertops.

5. Use Accent Tiles Behind the Stove for a Pop

Dark Grey Subway Tile With A White And Grey Accent Behind The Stove
Photo: claytontile

Instead of using the same grey tile across the backsplash, this kitchen adds an accent area with patterned white and grey tiles. This square accent instantly draws your eye in, making the stove a focal point of this kitchen.

6. Mix and Match Tiles for a unique design

White Grout And Grey Subway Tile With Mosaic Design Behind The Stove
Photo: dchomeimprovement

This simple mosaic accent area above the stove brings in colors found across the white cabinets, black hardware, and grey backsplash with white grout. This accent area is a great way to break up the backsplash and add a fun design element.

7. Add marble Grey Subway Tile for a luxurious look

Marble Grey Subway Tile Shower With Glass Doors
Photo: centeredbydesign

The marble grey subway tile shower in this bathroom brings in a touch of luxury that is framed by glass doors. The natural restoration hardware vanity adds a modern design element highlighted by the scallop wallpaper. Mixing patterns across this space helps create a balanced look that isn’t overwhelmed by any one tile or color.

8. Contrast Gray Shower Tiles with Black Hardware

Black Hardware In A Grey Shower With White Grout
Photo: masterstouchdesignbuild

A shower niche continues the light gray subway tile with white grout in this bathroom. Black hardware contrasts the colors in the bathtub and adds a farmhouse feel.

9. Match Stainless Steel Appliances with Brick-Look Subway Tiles

Grey Rustic Subway Tile With White Grout That Looks Like Brick As Kitchen Backsplash
Photo: foxydiamondhouse

We love this natural subway tile that looks like grey bricks with a worn look that adds a homey feeling to the space. The color also matches the large stainless steel oven. Instead of white subway tile, adding grey helps create depth in this space.

10. Go Floor to Ceiling with Tile for Added Height

Marble Grey Polished Subway Tile In A Shower That Extends To The Ceiling
Photo: meganpatersoninteriors

Using glass doors on this grey tile shower helps make the bathroom look more prominent. In addition, this space uses a mosaic penny tile floor to balance the horizontal subway tiles that extend to the ceiling. We love the detail of the floor, which helps balance the abundance of gray in this space.

11. Carry Subway Tile Throughout the Room for a Seamless Design

Gray Subway Tile Around A Shower And Bathtub
Photo: blooming_acre

While white subway tile with gray grout gives a farmhouse look, gray tile with white grout adds a modern look. This is why choosing the right tile and grout is essential to the design process. For example, using gray in this bathroom gives it a modern and moody look while still accenting the white bathtub and floors.

12. Add Shelves for an Open and Airy Look

Natural Wood Shelves Over Subway Tile With White Grout
Photo: sparkhappytiers

Open shelves above the backsplash in this kitchen add warmth and let you display decor. The colors are carried down to around the sink, while a black faucet contrasts the countertop and backsplash. Adding plants is one of our favorite ways to add a natural pop of color to a kitchen.

13. Continue Tile through a Shower Niche

Polished Grey Subway Tile With Grey Grout In A Shower
Photo: bellacasainteriors.ca

Using ceramic tile in a shower is common today, but don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors. Many homeowners feel like white tile is the obvious choice, but this bathroom shows us how light grey with grey grout can create a stunning design.

14. Add an Accent Area Over A Stove

Herringbone Subway Tile Design Behind A Stove As Accent
Photo: ataconstruction

Larger kitchens can benefit from an accent area over the stove that helps draw your eye in and break up the abundance of backsplash. This kitchen uses a framed chevron design made of the same grey subway tile as the backsplash. The colors in the tile accent the white granite countertops and blue kitchen island. A built-in microwave on the island adds to the functionality of this space.

15. A Blue Island With Gray Backsplash

Grey Grout White Subway Tile Backsplash Kitchen With A Blue Island
Photo: ataconstruction

A blue shaker-style island is complemented by brown wood accents that give this kitchen a warm feeling. The white cabinets and grey backsplash balance the busy countertops. Using a polished tile for the backsplash reflects the light from the pendants giving the space a luxurious look.

16. Use White Grout with Grey Subway Tile for Contrast

Natural Grey Subway Tile In A Shower
Photo: isaksen_home_curating

The naturally worn look of these grey subway tiles adds a rustic aesthetic to this bathroom. When designing a space, it’s essential to determine the style you want to achieve upfront and choose materials that complement that style.

17. Lay Tile Vertically to create height

Vertical Subway Tile In A Shower With A Finish That Looks Like Concrete
Photo: copperskydesignremodel

If you’re looking to add height to your space, try turning your grey subway tile vertical, as shown by this shower. To balance the moody color of the wall tile, this design uses blue penny tile flooring with white accents.

18. Make a statement with Herringbone Pattern Backsplash

Herringbone Grey Subway Tile As Kitchen Backsplash
Photo: daltilegallery_dallas

We love herringbone pattern subway tile, and this kitchen backsplash shows how great it works with grey-colored tiles. While installing herringbone tile is more expensive than a standard installation, it can add a big statement to any space.

19. Swap White Tile for A Light Grey

Light Grey Herringbone Subway Tile In A Home Bar As Backsplash
Photo: jenniferwarner15

This home bar uses a polished light gray subway tile as the backsplash in a herringbone pattern. We love how polished tile reflects light, adding depth to any room. This is a great way to add a fun design element without breaking the bank for smaller spaces.

20. Take Backsplash to the ceiling to add height

Horizontal Grey Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash
Photo: comeonindesigns

To add height to a kitchen backsplash, install subway tile from the countertop to the ceiling. For even more dimension, use open shelves like the kitchen above for a light and airy look.

21. Create Layers with decor in front of backsplash

Kitchen Decor In Front Of A Subway Tile Backsplash With White Grout
Photo: rosesdecorpage

installing a backsplash is only the first step in creating a beautiful kitchen. Don’t forget about decor, which can create depth in a space. This kitchen uses natural wood cutting boards and pans to add warm tones in front of the grey tile backsplash with white grout.

22. Turn tile vertical to create a tall fireplace

Grey Vertical Subway Tile Fireplace With White Grout
Photo: thelivingdoor

This vertical grey subway tile fireplace instantly draws your eye, while the larger tile size helps fill the space. When choosing a tile size, you should consider the size of your room. Larger tiles look better in bigger rooms, while smaller tiles help add dimension to tight spaces.

23. Add a niche behind your stove

Marble Mosaic Stove Niche Surrounded By Grey Subway Tile And Light Gray Grout
Photo: dreammaker_spfld

If you’re worried about grey subway tile overwhelming your backsplash, add a niche behind your stove. This area provides excellent storage, plus a mosaic design, which helps break up the backsplash.

24. Mix horizontal and vertical patterns

Subway Tile Shower With A Horizontal And Vertical Pattern
Photo: floor360milwaukee

This shower surround shows you don’t need to pick between horizontal or vertical gray subway tile. By mixing the patterns in groups of four, this shower creates a unique design in a small space. Impressively, the niche continues the pattern helping it blend while still providing storage.

25. Balance Modern White Kitchens with Gray Accents

Modern White Kitchen With European Cabinets And Lvp Floors
Photo: smithdevelopmentky

This modern white kitchen with slab doors matches the stainless steel appliances with a polished grey backsplash. The polished finish of the tile helps complement the flat cabinet doors and white island. Brown cow-hid barstools add a touch of warmth to the space.

26. Add depth by mixing colors

White Wainscoting And Grey Subway Tile In A Shower
Photo: masterstouchdesignbuild

White wainscoting on half the wall contrasts with gray paint and subway tile around the shower. Using a darker tile in the shower surround than the paint color adds depth to the room. Hexagon marble floor tiles add another layer to this bathroom.

27. Add a Dark Gray Kitchen Backsplash to white cabinets

Chevron Pattern Grey Backsplash In A Shaker Style Kitchen
Photo: masterstouchdesignbuild

Use the same tile arranged in a different pattern for a subtle backslash accent area. We love using a chevron design behind the stove while still matching the rest of the backsplash in this white shaker-style kitchen.

28. Use white grout with gray tile to match the cabinetry

White Grout In A Grey Subway Tile Backsplash With White Cabinets
Photo: classichomeimprovements

This simple kitchen accents white cabinets and brushed nickel hardware with a grey backsplash and white grout. Accenting the colors of the handles and hardware in a kitchen is one of the easiest ways to make a space look well-designed.

29. match your vanity and shower surround

White Bathroom With Grey Tile Shower And Vanity
Photo: hemlock_homes

Try matching your vanity color with your shower surround to give your bathroom a cohesive look that isn’t overpowering. Since these pieces are typically spaced apart, you can use similar colors without needing them to match. While the grey subway tile in this shower is lighter than the painted vanity, it still perfectly complements the design. Grey tile floor helps tie together the room.

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