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Updating with Tile: How to Get a High-End Look on a Budget

Posted 10/15/2016 by Samantha Stinocher

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Arizona Tile Macaubus White Quartzite
Featured Image: Arizona Tile Macaubus White Quartzite and H-Line Subway Tile

Real estate agents agree that when it comes to adding value to your home, kitchen and bath updates are at the top of the list. Whether you're renovating an outdated bathroom or updating your kitchen floor tile to reflect the latest trends, you're likely considering using tile - a top-of-the-line choice for flooring, walls, showers, countertops, and kitchen backsplashes. Here are some ways to achieve the high-end tile look you want while on a budget. 

Inexpensive Tile

Ceramic and porcelain tile are great materials for achieving a timeless, high-end look when you're on a budget. Durable and easy to clean, porcelain tile is available in textured finishes that make it a perfect  non-slip option for updating your bathroom floors. Many natural stone tile materials are budget-friendly, too. Slate and travertine are striking choices perfect for walls or floors. 

Arizona Tile Club Tobacco Wood Look Porcelain
Arizona Tile Aspen White Granite and Club Tobacco Wood-Look Porcelain Tile

Classic Colors

For a luxury, high-end design in your bathroom or kitchen, choose timeless colors and finishes that are neutral yet stylish. 

For bathrooms choose tiles in hues like clean white, cool gray, or soft blues and greens. Some varieties for granite have the appearance of marble, so you can attain a high-end look in your new bathroom without breaking your budget. 

Arizona Tile Bevel Cotton Glossy Subway Tile
Arizona Tile Bevel Cotton Glossy Subway Tile

In the kitchen, earth tones and brighter neutral colors give a sense of warmth. Rustic browns and tans, warm gray, charcoal, and ivory are great choices. Porcelain tile that looks like wood is a beautiful flooring option, providing an affordable and easy-to-maintain alternative to hardwood in the kitchen. 

Small Details

If you're worried your budget redesign will end up looking bland, indulge in some smaller, pricier detailing to add personality. Decorative borders and backsplashes require a small amount of material but can pack a big punch for the finished look of your bathroom or kitchen. 

Arizona Tile Baroque Alabastro Glass Tile Shower

Invest in high-quality glass tile to create a contrasting border at eye-level in the shower - this is a great way to enhance plain subway tile. Install an eye-catching Baroque glass mosaic backsplash in the kitchen to dress up neutral countertops. Tile medallions are another way to add a unique, luxury touch to a bathroom wall or shower. 

Head over to our Just Design Visualizer tool to see how these budget-friendly tile suggestions can dress up your space and give you that high end feel without hurting your wallet!

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