It's a perennial shape that harkens to the past yet never goes out of style.
Cast aside thoughts of gloomy tile found in real subways. Subway tile for the kitchen is clean and fresh, and can be laid in a brickwork pattern, as shown, or stacked. Examples of both patterns will follow.
Here we're looking at a colorful subway tile called Wheatgrass, a collaboration between Clayhaus and modwalls. It's a long 2"x8" and runs about $30 per square foot.