Carrara Marble Subway Tiles

Hello! The kids had school off today for the holiday so we've been enjoying this crisp fall day with some of our family visiting from out of town. Before they got here, I put up a lot of the kitchen cabinets (so close to finished!). Things are definitely looking better, but I'm sitting here looking at the walls and thinking the space would look so much better with a full wall of subway tiles.

Since we're not doing stone counters, I think these Carrara tiles would be really pretty. I've never used them before. Have you? Maybe you have a great source? I saw these at Home Depot recently for $6.96 per sq. foot.



P.S. SAY Media was kind enough to feature me in a little interview here.

52 comments:

Becca said...

Looks beautiful, you should go for it! We wanted to choose darker wood cabinetry and counter tops to complement our kitchen in Sicily, Italy, but were glad in the end that we chose lighter, warmer cabinetry and counter tops. You can see it here: http://makingroomwithus.blogspot.com/2011/09/finally-our-house.html. I say go with lighter and brighter, and marble is always classy!

Jana said...

Check Amazon, believe it or not!!

Linzy said...

I looked into those HD tiles. The ones here had no veining at all, I was bummed. I'm not really certain how to find affordable carrara subway tiles that are ensured to have at least a little of the characteristics described.

Caroline said...

Hi Jenny, have you ever been to area in Flushing right around Golden Oldies, the antique store? It's a mecca for tile stores, both my mom and sister scored tile for their bathrooms at a fraction of the cost of most stores (negotiating is ok esp. if u pay cash) not to mention Golden Oldies alone is worth the trip! Good luck :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh, do it! We just completed our kitchen backsplash using those exact tiles and we are really pleased. There is a ton of variety, veining, and character in the batches that we used so maybe it's a matter of luck? They are really lovely and I think they look pretty high-end, especially for such an affordable product. We have a walnut butcher block countertop and I think the contrast is just right. Good luck - it's amazing how a nice backsplash can change the look of the whole kitchen!

tokyojinja.com said...

I think you should go for it - you won't be happy without something there. Plain white porcelain ones would be a good choice too, but the Cararra will look richer. I find Nemo Tile to be a great place with classics at very good prices - subway tiles, hexagons and penny rounds, etc.

Nothing But Bonfires said...

Yes! I just used these in my bathroom and I LOVE how they look. They were really affordable, but ended up looking way more expensive than they are, and so far they've held up really well. You can see how they look here, if you're interested: http://nothingbutbonfires.com/2012/09/our-bathroom-and-after

Gina said...

Go for it! I used some great Carrara tiles for a Soho apartment kitchen back splash recently and loved the outcome!

Check out this shop:
http://www.thebuilderdepot.com/bianco-carrara.html

We used the 1x2 mini brick since it's a teeny little kitchen :)

Designology Interiors said...

I love Carrara subway tiles. Have you ever checked out Calacatta marble? It's warmer with gold/ grey veining. If you order from HD just be sure to get extra so that you can pick through them a little. Sometimes their orders have two or more lots. {I'm in the tile and stone business so I had to chime in.}

michele said...

we used marble subway tiles on our fireplace surround and it looks magnificent. i say go for it! http://micheleomega.typepad.com/photos/the_build_month_three/img_0315.html

Janna McCalley said...

Loved the article! Thanks for the blogging tips and insight!

Anonymous said...

We used builders depot to do our bathroom. The shower is carerra marble subway tile and the floor is the basketweave. We absolutley love it! And the company has great rates and customer service.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I actually have used that very tile in a bathroom for a client and it worked like a dream. It will look fab!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely go for it! Just be sure to use white thinset or your marble will take on a yellowish grey color from using the typical grey thinset.

JAM said...

We used the 12x12 Carrara marble from home depot and cut them in half, to make a larger subway tile on our kitchen walls counter to ceiling. I love the result.

AJeter said...

It looks fantastic in the kitchen! My good friend's home was just featured in this month's issue of Better Homes and Gardens (The Johnstons). If you look, you will see that she has an entire wall covered in marble subway tiles in her kitchen. I say do it!

Melissa said...

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Anonymous said...

Jenny-could you please tell us where you got the leopard fabric for your chairs? I love them! Your office looks ammmazzzing!

Kimber said...

Jenny, I used these tiles in my kitchen and they look amazing. I wanted the grey veining and some in the boxes had brown, so I was the crazy lady sitting on the floor in HD opening and repacking boxes. My husband acted like he didn't know me :). A HD employee asked if I needed help and said that people do it all the time. Ha! You won't be disappointed!

The Cuban In My Coffee said...

I've actually used these same tiles and wasn't able to find a more affordable option. You can see them in my bath here and here in these links which is in progress. I absolutely love them and if I one day do the kitchen again I would put them there.
http://thecubaninmycoffee.blogspot.com/2011/12/master-bathroom-progress-carrara-marble.html

http://thecubaninmycoffee.blogspot.com/2012/05/our-garage-additionbudget-friendly.html

XOXO,
Whitney

Danika Herrick said...

Hey Jenny! My sister just used those in her kitchen and loves them. I will e-mail you a picture of them up- they look great and she said the price was insanely good too.

Danika

pve design said...

love carrara and for the back splash at that price, you cannot go wrong. you may want to try just a simple white tile with a dark grout and see which one cleans up easier.
we have carrara in our baths and love it....it does weather nicely.
pve

Derek said...

We did a light green penny round, and found them on Overstock.com for about 1/4 of the price. With a lot of stuff I try to buy local, but if you're going with Home Depot anyway, I'd recommend going on Overstock. Plus, with us, it was the difference between $1,200 and $300. There was no noticeable quality difference.

You can sort of see it in this blog post

Amanda Rossman said...

We have used those exact tiles as backspash in our kitchen. They do look more expensive than they were. I would recommend to buy extra and sort through them first. There was some variation in color and some of the tiles had very fine cracks.

Jennifer said...

Hi Jenny - We literally JUST finished installing 1x2 carrara marble subway tiles on our backsplash. I sealed them last night. :) Not sure how they'll hold up to years of use, but they look absolutely gorgeous. Stylish, yet timeless/classic. We couldn't be happier! The smaller scale tile did end up costing us a little more - $10/sqft - but I think it was worth it for the added interest/variation. Here's a similar tile to ours: http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/remodeling/makeover/timeless-style-kitchen-makeover/?sssdmh=dm17.586440&esrc=nwdc031412&email=1401042930#page=8

Jennifer said...

Oh, and we purchased them on Amazon.com if that helps!

Kristin said...

We have the marble subway tiles in our bathroom and we just love them! They are gorgeous!

Kristin said...

We have the marble subway tiles in our bathroom and we just love them! They are gorgeous!

Loren said...

We used them for our backsplash and were berry happy with the result. I'd be happy to take apic if ou want?? We did have the tile guys pic and choose the ones that were of similar color as they can range (from white to very gray). Home depot was fine withnexchaning though...

Loren said...

We used them for our backsplash and were berry happy with the result. I'd be happy to take apic if ou want?? We did have the tile guys pic and choose the ones that were of similar color as they can range (from white to very gray). Home depot was fine withnexchaning though...

cara said...

we put up marble subway tiles in our kitchen, and i'd do it again in a heartbeat. really pretty veining with gray and a little gold. we got them through the tile shop (http://www.tileshop.com/). here's a post with a decent picture of what we have. good luck!

http://chasingshinyobjects.com/2012/05/09/diy-recipe-book/

Michele Shepherd said...

I utterly fail to understand the recent trend towards tiled walls in kitchens and bathrooms. Grout is hard to clean. Grout on walls = more hard to clean surfaces = more time cleaning = less time living. Why bother?

Michelle Gates said...

I suspect in areas with less traffic, the grout doesn't get dirty nearly as quickly as in a bathroom.

Do you regularly scrub your wallpapered walls? Or your painted walls? If you do, then I suspect the tiles are easier to scrub and clean than paint. If you're in a situation where your walls don't get all that dirty too often, then the grout probably won't be too much of a problem.

But the only way to tell is really to sit back and wait 5-10 years to see what people say about their tile walls and whether they're more trouble than they're worth.

Eileen said...

We used those exact tiles from Home Depot and they look great! You will not be disappointed.

Emily W. said...

We used these in our bathroom (well, I think they were actually Home Depot's "Grecian" Marble 3x6's) in a herringbone pattern on the accent wall behind the tub. I am so pleased with them, seriously.

You can see them here: http://spaghettiarms.blogspot.com/2012/04/where-did-april-go-i-am-waiting-on.html

nikkirm said...

We used these in our bathroom! Major LOVE! You should definitely go for it!

Laura said...

Everyone else has loved these, but my sister was going to use them as a back splash, and we did not like at all. Had her tile guy take them down. They were way too spotted looking. She went with the plain white subway tile and it was a much nicer, cleaner look.

thumperandsam said...

We used those same tiles for our kitchen backsplash but we got them from Lowe's. I fell in love when I saw the sample board at HD but the actual tiles for sale were just plain white with no veining. We checked all the stores in our area (just outside Chicago) and it was the same plain white marble tile. I hope you find the right tiles! We have white cabinets and marble countertops that look very similar to the tile.

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Splendid Market said...

I love the marble subway tiles, I had NO idea you could get them at Home Depot! I think they are a great look, and {now} quite affordable! You can't go wrong.

Splendid Market said...

I love the marble subway tiles, I had NO idea you could get them at Home Depot! I think they are a great look, and {now} quite affordable! You can't go wrong.

exterior veneer said...

Carara is definately the right choice. And the price is good too.

~ Herman Swan

Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d said...

We used those exact tiles for a back splash at our first house. Here's a link: http://ourhumbleabowedblog.com/2012/01/11/the-big-splash/ And in the finished kitchen: http://ourhumbleabowedblog.com/2012/03/13/stick-a-fork-in-it/

Loved the tile and they were super easy to work with. Go for it!!

Julie said...

Can't beat that price and carrara subway is always classic...can't go wrong. Well, you can't do anything wrong with design! LOL!

kara said...

We tried to buy those same subway tiles at HD, and they don't have them! The ones they have don't have the grey veins at all, very white looking. We did end up purchasing them online for a similar price, with free shipping! can't wait for them to go up in our bathroom!

kara said...

We tried to buy those same subway tiles at HD, and they don't have them! The ones they have don't have the grey veins at all, very white looking. We did end up purchasing them online for a similar price, with free shipping! can't wait for them to go up in our bathroom!

LJ said...

Used them and love them at our last house (with a dark grout):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25636186@N06/7467407044/

Cricket said...

i used the home depot carrara subway tiles in my kitchen backsplash. they are great but we went through every single box and picked out the ones we liked. there is some pretty big variation in the veining of those tiles. other than that you can't beat it!

Kate said...

Ditto Cricket!

Alana Geikie said...

The Carrara tiles are definitely beautiful. I just replaced our old countertop tiles with Carrara tiles, and I love how it transformed our kitchen and made it livelier! They look elegant, particularly if you choose the white marble Carrara tiles – after all, white tiles do make anything look magical and enchanting!

John Smith said...

It is looking great. I think you should go for it. First of all these tiles look great and secondly, these tiles are affordable just $6.96 per sq. Foot. I will definitely go for this option. Thank you.marble tile sale

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