10 Ways for installing the metro tile

Behind a ceramic piece of 7.5 cm. x 15 cm. or any rectangular format there are more than a dozen possibilities for covering, here are some. Choose the most convenient according to the decoration effect that best suits your project.

Horizontal running joint, geometric order

The tiles are laid one after the other, without displacement. The joints of the tiles in the top and bottom row match. The setting provides order and harmony through the grids drawn by the union of the ceramic pieces. If we choose white the sensation of amplitude and serenity is maximum.

Azulejo tipo metro con colocación alineada
Azulejo tipo metro con colocación vertical

Vertical running joint, to gain height

We change the point of view and get a different result. We set the tile vertically and generate a higher effect. The aligned and continuous installation makes the joints coincide. It’s a simple layout but it changes the aesthetics and we manage to create a point of attention in the verticality of the walls.

Staggered joint, a classic

The metro style tiles are laid in rows and the joints between them move to the center of the upper line piece. It is the original installation of the metro tiles, imitating the layout of this ceramic in the New York subway at the beginning of the 20th century. Interior designers and decorators use this system to give a vintage air to kitchens and bathrooms.

Azulejo tipo metro con colocación a matajuntas
Azulejo tipo metro con colocación matajuntas desplazada

Staggered and offset, more dynamic

In this case the offset joint is beyond the center. Symmetry is broken and gives the covering greater dynamism.

Crosshatch or cross line, rebellious

The tiles are laid in pairs and alternate vertically and horizontally. This pattern breaks the linearity of the surface and becomes a decorative element of great presence. This installation, which is used in bathroom coverings, is also used in parquet floors. With great visual dynamism, it evokes a vintage-modern style in a space with effect.

Azulejo tipo metro colocado en línea cruzada
Azulejo tipo metro colocado en espiga estrecha

Narrow herringbone, attractive

Very common in parquet flooring, it is also used in the covering of bathrooms and kitchens with tiles of this format. Laying the rectangular ceramic pieces in zigzag we get a very attractive retro-style dimensional effect.

Wide herrigbone pattern, hypnotic

In other words, laying the rectangles as if it was a fishbone. The pattern of the joints creates a wider spike achieving a truly hypnotic optical effect on the covering.

Azulejo tipo metro colocado en Herrigbone pattern
Azulejo tipo metro colocado en combinación con otros materiales

Combination of materials

With hydraulic tiles, natural stones, geometrical tesserae such as hexagons… the simplicity and elegance of the metro tile makes it a versatile material that adapts to different compositions.

Isolated, it increases its strength

Installing it isolates highlights its presence and that of the surrounding materials. A wall column with these vintage-style tiles captures attention at a point in the room.

Azulejo tipo metro colocado de forma aislada
Azuelo tipo metro colocado con junta de color

Colored joints, for the daring

A little dye to the grout and… voilà! The laying of the wall tiles becomes an absolute protagonist. The black joints for rectangular tiles in kitchen and bathroom wall coverings is the most widespread option, but the brightly colored joints are gaining ground for daring, fun, modern environments…

And even more possibilities, just changing the directionality of the piece or increasing the number of tiles in one position or another. The selection of the wall covering, whether this metro style or any other rectangular format, is only the first decision to give a retro look to our room, its installation will be the next step to create an original vintage space and one that meets our needs.




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