Stock Tile, Restyled
PRO: Nicholas Yankanich, tile specialist and owner, Nicholas Tile Co., Conshohocken, Pa.
SECRET: Add inexpensive oomph to a tiled bathroom wall or kitchen backsplash by turning simple square tiles on a 45-degree angle to make a diamond design. For large areas of tile, such as in a shower enclosure, Yankanich likes to install a square grid halfway up the wall, cap it with chair-rail tile, then lay the same tile on an angle above the chair rail. It's a great way to get the most out of your materials; you get two tile looks for the price of one, he says.