Decorative subway tiles with floral or leaf patterns were popular in the 1890s. Today's versions may serve as both border and cap rail or just as an inset.Splurge: Cream-Colored Leaves
Its warm white color, crackle glaze, and detailed acanthus leaf motif give this border tile—which doubles as a wainscot cap—a Victorian-era feel. Each 3¾
-by-6-inch tile is hand-pressed and hand-glazed in California; purposeful pooling of the glaze adds dimension.
Archtectonics Collection bay-leaf tile, about $28 each; Waterworks