We tend to think of tiled countertops as a cheap and imperfect solution, when marble or quartz just isn’t in your remodeling budget. Instead of approaching the update with mixed feelings, look to these surfaces as reassurance that your kitchen or bath will still fresh and clean — they just won't break the bank.
Using longer rectangular shapes automatically makes this surface seem more special and unlike most square tile countertops. A Beautiful Mess made this one, and shows you how to do it yourself, no saw required.
Continuing the counter tile up to the backsplash is a great way to make the space look seamless and intentional. Kimberly Cornelian’s kitchen, as seen in Design Sponge, has a matching countertop and backsplash made from concrete stamped tiles. The pattern is cheerful and fun.
If you don't want to cover the whole counter in tile, consider inserting them in a limited area. The patterned tiles in this kitchen from Lev & Bo (via La Maison de Anna G) play off the concrete countertop and pop out from the white tiled wall.
This Moscow apartment on My Unfinished Home has dark-grouted square white tiles that add nice texture in contrast with the smooth cabinets. It also unifies the kitchen countertop with the floor. Bonus: the grout doesn't look as dirty than if you used matching grout.
This light blue penny tile from Home Living rounds the corner of the countertop, giving the surface a unique look. The color also looks amazing with the green kitchen cabinets.