Oct 7, 2014

Where to find blue subway glass tiles in Sydney

I have just finished my kitchen renovation, and I spent hours in search of blue glass tiles in Sydney. I visited a dozen shops and googled for hours.

I was obstinate but hey, I love glass. I love how it reflects and captures light, and I love blue. As the morning light streams into my kitchen and hits the blue glass tiles, it is a hint of rippling water and the beautiful blue sky.

For anyone else seeking the above, I will hopefully save you some grief and summarise my 'adventures' here.

You're probably thinking, why not a glass splashback? At first I considered it but
1) was dissuaded by someone who said it would be hard to replace if cracked
3) but primarily, the price tag put me off. If I had an unlimited budget, I would just go for a patterned blue glass splashback, (you can find beautiful options at emilyziz.com) but I had almost 5 sqm to cover and could not splurge.

Then I considered glass tiles. I know cleaning the grout is an issue but I also like the pattern tiles offer, a level of interest as opposed to the flatness of the full glass splashback. But I didn't want it too small, not as small as mosaic tiles and I liked the brick-tile pattern of the subway tile (something like the picture below) Yes, I am fanciful!

After much search, I found a beautiful blue glass subway tile made by Southern Cross Ceramics, available through BigA+. You will need 2 weeks lead time to order. But at $300+ a sqm, it was still too hefty considering how much area I had to cover (that's not even with installation costs yet).

I found blue glass tiles (not my ideal colour but I was getting desperate) at Tile Mega Mart but they all still amounted to $200-300 a sqm.

where to buy blue glass tiles in Sydney

The neighbouring Tile Factory Outlet had a Subway glass tile for $10 a sheet but only in white!

where to buy Subway glass tiles in Sydney

Finally I found cheap blue glass tiles online at TileStonePaver. They were a little smaller in size (and thus a bit too much grout!) than I would prefer, but the price of $35 per sqm was irresistable. I know I took risks buying tiles at such price differentials. They looked great but what would happen when they were installed? I held my breath when the tiler cut them, but they have been installed and unless you inspect the borders closely, they look pretty good.

It was pretty fuss free buying tiles online. I ordered a few samples first  and decided on the tile before making another order.The shipping was fast (and not too pricey), prices are good and shopping is easy.

P/s: If you go with blue tiles, another problem you will hit is the lack of matching blue grout and blue silicone! They all come in white and grey! The catalogues show you the full colour options but the shops don't stock it. The tile shop assistants (I went to three tile shops) actually smiled sympathetically when I said I wanted blue grout. The tiler wanted to use his light grey silicone but I said no way! I didn't go to so much trouble to find blue tiles only to have them in grey grout and silicone.

I also wandered far and wide to get the grout, so I can tell you now to find blue tile grout and blue silicone to match your beautiful blue tiles, go straight to http://www.tilegrout.com.au/. I actually drove an hour to their shop because I did not have enough time to order online and got the Mapei crocus blue grout and matching silicone. Mapei is an excellent brand and coincidentally, made in Malaysia.

Phew! I'm sooo glad all that is over.


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