Changing the orientation of run-of-the-mill subway or field tile can create an expensive look for less, says Dana Jones, owner, The Kitchen Consultant
. Run the tile vertically for a modern look or lay it on a diagonal in a place you want as a focal point, such as cooking areas.
This Crystal Blue field tile is basic when placed horizontally but takes on a whole new look when laid diagonally. It is offered in 17 sizes. About $28 per square foot, Heath Ceramics