new way to do subway tile in the bathroom

Photo: Paul Bowyer

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Put a Fresh Twist on Tile

White subway tile is a default choice for bathrooms because everyone assumes it's easy and inexpensive. Boutique hotels offer some interesting alternatives, and most won't actually cost more—all that's needed is to think creatively. In the Hotel Bachaumont in Paris, designer Dorothée Meilichzon cleverly used sheets of penny tiles, usually relegated to floors, on walls. The inexpensive tile sheets look chic when trimmed with a gold border and coordinating paint on the walls.