Brooke Stevens Interior Designer

Born and raised in Colorado, Brooke wanted to experience life on the east coast and started her higher education at University of New Hampshire, focused on Human Development and Family Studies. She went on to transfer to CSU and ultimately graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. After her university experience, Brooke discovered her true passion lies in Interior Design, and earned her master’s certificate from Heritage School of Interior Design in Denver. As a newcomer to the interior design scene, Brooke has loved learning something new every day, and gaining practical knowledge and experience.

As a world class rock climber, Brooke spends her free time focused on extreme mountaineering in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Just kidding... she’s outdoorsy in that she likes long walks on the beach with a margarita in hand. As a self-proclaimed “city girl” Brooke loves exploring the many eclectic neighborhoods and rooftop patios that Denver has to offer, but has been known to be persuaded to go white-water rafting and zip-lining through the woods as long as she can spend more time with friends and family.

Trend Watch- Alternatives to Subway Tile

Trend Watch- Alternatives to Subway Tile

Trend Watch: Alternatives to Subway Tile

Subway Tile. Some people love it, and some people don’t.

Originated by designers George C. Heins and Christopher Grant La Farge, this “ubiquitous 3-by-6-inch rectangle” was first seen in a New York Subway station (hence the name). Since then it’s found its way into restaurants, kitchens and bathrooms, with seemingly unlimited uses.

But if you’re one of those that thinks this classic tile is a little “tired” and over used, then this post is for you.

Below we’ve compiled our favorite alternatives to the original 3-by-six tile, that will still give your design a clean and simple feel. Whether you simply change the size, or maybe the color of the simple porcelain tile, there’s just as many variations as there are hours in a day, or better yet rooms in your house.


This shape is quickly becoming a new favorite in kitchen and bath trends. The updated shape adds a little interest without being too overwhelming.

Elongated Subway Tile

By simply making the tile wider, and re-imagining the classic white into a taupe-y grey, this kitchen feels like it’s completely stepped away from the original porcelain tile. To step it up a notch, try installing the tile in a unique pattern. Such as herringbone shown above.

Herringbone Mosaic

Similar to the herringbone shown above, this classic pattern can be expressed in many different ways. The white mosaic creates a simple backdrop of white, while adding a ton of interest with the minuscule pattern in such a large space.


Once again, changing the shape from a generic rectangle adds interest without being overwhelming. We love the use of scallop tile in the bathroom, because it reminds us of the ocean.

Jumbo Subway Tile

Simply by over sizing the subway tile, it feels completely re-imagined. While the color and shape ring true to the classic porcelain tile it has a different, almost playful feeling, being over sized.

If you want to learn more about updating your space contact Aneka Interiors today!