You can achieve beautiful and dramatic effects with tile and still save money by designing the tiled area in a way that uses plain, simple, common tiles for the majority of the surface. You can then create a design, add accents, or even incorporate a complete mural within the field. This will reduce the amount you spend on specialty tiles and highlight your design or accents at the same time. Specialty tiles, depending upon the design and finish can become quite costly. If you are creating a mural, the selection and matching of tiles can be a slow and costly process. By focusing the more expensive tiles in the design, you can save money and create the effect you desire by using less expensive common tiles for the background or field.

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