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Another way to save money is to use drywall and paint above the tile.
Take the classic subway tile and gray grout combination all the way up the wall. Break it up with mirrors, fixtures, windows and trim; play off its regularity with a river pebble tile floor.
Bounce the light around. In a bathroom that receives little or no natural light, light-colored tiles reflect it and make things brighter. Iridescent glass tiles are a good choice for this.
Tip: Think big when you see a big sale. Covering a wall in tile can run you a lot more than covering it with paint or wallpaper. When this bathroom's designer saw that the tiles he liked at the Home Depot Expo were more than half off, he snapped up enough of them to remodel all three of his bathrooms.