5. Tile. Like hardware and fixtures, tile can be as costly or as affordable as you let it. Choose a classic shape in an unexpected color, such as these charcoal hexagonal tiles, for a fresh look that doesn't say builder grade. Or create your own pattern from inexpensive ceramic tiles found at a home center. Many times, upscale tile retailers will have a back room or a clearance area where they offer discontinued or slightly flawed pieces at reduced prices. If you do fall in love with high-end tile, consider buying a small quantity to use as an accent strip in the walls or floor.