Although tile patterns and tile designs were more restricted in the early 20th century, today tile patterns and designs are endless. Subway tile was typically laid in a common brick pattern with tiles laid on the horizontal in straight lines. Although traditional subway tile was two by six inches and most commonly white, today subway tile designs include and endless array of colors, are typically but not restricted to three by six inches and can be porcelain, glass and contain polymers for durability. The tile owner may need to update old and abused subway tile or know how to keep the newly installed tile looking good for a long time. Tile paint can make old tile look new, hide cracks and damage and change the existing tile color. With endless tile patterns and tile design available today, the ease of tile paint and tile cleaning, embracing this piece of Americana will add elegance to any space.