As I sat there on the train, accidentally going to Brooklyn because the stop we needed on the R train wasn't active on the weekend schedule, I had a lot of time to ponder and appreciate the artistry of the borders and station signs that were worked into colorful mosaics.
I was most thrilled to see a real, live subway outside corner executed exactly the way I devised while I was laying tile for the outside corner in our kitchen backsplash. I can't tell you how many hours I must have spent in the planning process, googling and surfing to find any sort of image or photo of a subway tile outside corner that didn't use 2 x 6 border tiles. I finally just jumped in and made it up as I went along, weaving the corner using tiles that had a bullnose on the short edge.
My kitchen tile project, in process.
Here is an example of the corners that I found in the NY subway ... executed exactly the way I did it in our kitchen! I almost did a little happy dance right there on the platform when I saw it.
Want to know more about New York's subway mosaics? I found THIS web site, and it's fascinating!
To help other people who may be stuck in my same tiling situation, scratching their heads trying to figure out how to tile an outside corner with subway tile, I created a photo tutorial to show how I did it. (Click HERE to go to the tutorial) It is one of my most popular posts, getting hits from Google every week, so I guess there was a definite need.