Lets play pretend for a second (with a scenario that probably happens to you multiple times a week on Pinterest). You, a person of champagne tastes, have fallen in love with a product or material for a home project that is squarely outside of your beer budget. What's a guy or gal to do? In the case of tile, you can have your cake and eat it too, by splurging on just a bit of your dream tile to cover a small-ish spot in your home.
Instead of taking your tile from wall to wall and floor to ceiling, apply it to just one (small) spot at a fraction of the cost. You can fill in the rest of the room with a simple, neutral coordinating tile and you'll still get the impact and style you want from the really nice stuff.
The Side of the Tub
Apply a feature tile to just the side of your bathtub casing, as in the photo above from Ron's Parisian Style Condo in Hollywood's Historic Colonial House.
The Floor of the Shower
If you're tiling a walk in, splurge on something special for just the floor. You can see in this bathroom from M Plus that it has quite the impact on a bathroom.
Just Behind the Vanity
Block off an area behind the mirror and sink for a small feature wall of your favorite tile before covering the rest of the bathroom with a budget neutral, like in this Brooklyn townhome from Ensemble Architecture.
Around a Fireplace
The mantle is another opportunity to use your dream tile, as seen here in this California family home featured on My Domaine. It won't take a lot to cover several inches around the fireplace and create a focal point for your room that you'll love.
Not a place that needs to be tiled, but if you fall in love with a certain tile that's too pricey to use in another room, your stair risers give you an opportunity to add just a little of it to your home. Check out this stairwell from Tim Barber.
An Accent Stripe
You've likely seen horizontal accent stripes in many bathrooms, but I happen to love the vertical patchwork variation in this London flat from Cassidy Hughes.
Mix It in With Other Tiles
Mix your dream pick into a mosaic of other similar or coordinated tiles. Keep it uniform with everything the same shape and size, or go crazy with a Tetris-like technique, as in this bathroom from Petra Bindel.
Any other ideas for making a small dose of tile go a long way, style-wise?