Scandinavian design is having a moment, and we’ve recently witnessed one trend in particular make its way across the Atlantic: the square subway tile. A staple in Swedish homes for both bathroom walls and kitchen backsplashes, the look is very friendly on the wallet and is a minimalist’s dream tile. Paired with dark grout, pretty soap bottles, brass fixtures, and luxe bathrobes, these tiles will be all over Pinterest this year. Keep scrolling for our favourite square-tiled rooms.



This bathroom features a half-tiled wall with an elegant double-black border. The black-and-white motif is repeated in the floors and in the chic hotel satin stitched bathrobe hanging by the door. We call this instant sophistication.



The square subway tile pairs especially well with brass sconces and minimalist fixtures. We absolutely adore these timeless angled sconces.



In this bathroom, another half wall is accented with a black border and paired with a black hexagonal tile floor. The styling is kept simple, with only a few yellow accents to add a pop of colour. Très chic.



Square subway tiles pair great with open shelves. Antique silver platters and terra cotta pots bring warmth and history to this minimalist kitchen.



Another bathroom combines the white square subway tile, with a black hexagonal tiled floor. We love that the walls have a certain glossiness but the floor is kept matte. Aesop soap bottles always make a bathroom look exponentially better, too.



A floor-to-ceiling wall of white ceramic tile frames the views of the adjacent home office in this Scandinavian kitchen. The mix of vintage, antique, and modern accents gives the rooms a lived-in feel.


Do you prefer regular subway tiles or square ones? Sound off in the comments below.