bath with teal gloss ceramic subway tile with black base and a chair-rail
Photo: Patrick Barta/Cornerhouse Stock
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Finishing Touches: Contrasting Base and Cap

In bathrooms, a field of brightly colored or glossy white subway tile, finished with a black base and a chair-rail or bullnose cap, was a popular prewar wall finish—and one that's still widely replicated today. Cove base tile provides an easy-to-clean transition between a tiled wall and floor.
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