7 Chic Looks Using Cheap Tile

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Let's face it....Beautiful tile is expensive. Clients often lowball their budget for this category and then feel disappointed when they can't have that Pinterest-Perfect tile work they hoped for. I'm here to tell you that you can have interesting and beautiful tile on a budget. You just have to be creative. In addition to showing you a few surprisingly chic and budget friendly tile options, I'll also let you in on my favorite design trick...how to use  ordinary tile in an unexpected way.  Let's take a look!

#1 Gingham / Plaid

For a whimsical floor, select 3 coordinating tiles in 12", 18", or 24" and install them on a 45 degree angle as shown.

TRY Pietra Calacatta 18" x 18" Porcelain Polished Floor and Wall Tile  //  $5 per sf // Source

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#2 BOLD VERTICAL STRIPES

Create stunning stripes with basic tiles in alternating colors.  Here they have used beautiful natural limestone. You can ask your tile installer to cut larger tiles to the right size but be aware there will be a slightly added cost to the labor and materials.

TRY Paris Honed Limestone Tiles //  $6  per sf  // Source

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Stripes

#3 INSTALL ON A 45

Any basic tile becomes dynamic when you install it in an unexpected way, like they did here on a 45 degree angle.

TRY 3 x 6 Subway Tiles from Cypress // $3-$10 // Source

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#4 Beyond your Basic White Subway

Skip the basic white for a bold and colorful selection. Color often affects price so mix high and low together to stay on budget.

TRY Subway Tile in an Assortment of Colors 3" x 6" //  $1.20 ea. //  Source

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#5 Brightly Colored Grout

Choose a brightly colored grout to make a basic tile really pop!

TRYArabesque 2-3/4" x 1-7/8" Porcelain Glazed Mosaic in Matte White // $8.38 per sf  // Source

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 #6 Mix It Up 

Mix a more expensive tile with a basic option for an unexpected yet sophisticated look.

TRY Any of the In-Stock Tiles from Cement Tile Shop 8" x 8"  //  Starting at $4.80  //  Source

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Mix it up stripes

#6 Dimensional tile

Choose a dimensional tile that is raised for visual and tactile appeal

TRY Fractal Porcelain Glazed Mosaic in White //  $8.62 per sf // Source

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#7 Go for the Hex Appeal

Large format hexagonal tiles are en vogue. Take them all the way up the wall for a truly dramatic result.

TRY Zenith Lady Gray Hexagon Honed Marble Tile // $9.95 ea. // Source

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Hope you enjoyed today's post. What's your favorite? I'd love to hear your comments!

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