7 Places Where a Few Bold Tiles Can Have a Big Effect

7 Places Where a Few Bold Tiles Can Have a Big Effect

Taryn Williford
Oct 26, 2015
(Image credit: Marcia Prentice)

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.

(Image credit: M Plus)

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.

(Image credit: Ensemble Architecture)

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.

(Image credit: Domaine)

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.

(Image credit: Karyn Millet)

Stair Risers

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.

(Image credit: Morgan Hill-Murphy)

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.

(Image credit: Petra Bindel)

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?

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