It is a good time to love tile. Beautiful patterns and shapes abound. But unfortunately for those us on a budget, a lot of the most beautiful tiles are just way too expensive to use for a whole wall, a floor, or even a backsplash. So we've come up with some creative ways you can incorporate just a little bit of that amazing tile you love, so you can enjoy its loveliness without breaking the bank.
Above: In their London home, Caroline and Simon tiled just a tiny bib above the pedestal sink, an area of only a few square feet.
A recessed shower shelf is a great place to put your stuff — and also a great place to put a little bit of tile that's too costly for the entire shower. Bathroom by Hannah Wessman.
When it comes to floor tile, if doing an entire room isn't in the cards, you can create a small inset, like this threshold from House Tweaking. (Word to the wise: if you are planning on doing this, you will have to pay special attention to the various thicknesses and underlayment requirements of your different flooring materials. In some cases it may require changes to the subfloor, which can definitely add cost.)
Here's another instance of tile-floor-meets-wood, in Sam and Anne's Austin home. Once again: check with your contractor, as this can sometimes be a look that's tricky to pull off.
In this kitchen from Leva & Bo, inexpensive square tile covers the walls, while a more expensive patterned cement tile makes a splash in a small niche.
Tiling just the side of the tub will make a big impact in the bathroom, as seen in Ron's Hollywood home.
We love the look of a tiled hearth, as seen in this petite New York apartment — and it requires only a few square feet of material.
If you're willing to shell out for slightly more for tile, you can also tile the inside of your fireplace, as seen on Elle Decoration via Bright Bazaar.
Colorful fish scale tile covers a recessed niche in a kitchen from The Room Edit.
In this kitchen from Dedujes, a bit of colorful tile peeks out from under the island.
Another way to use only a little bit of floor tile is to tile just a stair landing, as seen on Faithfull Travels.
Tiling a little bib surrounding the bathroom vanity, as seen on Houzz, is much cheaper than an entire backsplash.