How about a small tiled back splash for the bathroom sink? In addition to being practical in the way all back splashes are, they provide an opportunity to use some more decorative or high end tile in just a small area, making a slightly more adventurous (or expensive) choice a bit more possible without the giant leap...
... of design faith or final bill. Also a small job like this is one that more of us would take on as a DIY, even if we haven't attempted tiling before.
A few examples:
Very ornate tiles in plain white (like the rest of the bathroom tiles and fixtures) make a big statement in a small space.
Classic subway tiles with a modern sink and faucet - plus a great looking oversized map on the wall.
We also decided to include this one, which is not an official tiled back splash, but has a bit of the same feel created by hanging the large mirrors down very low over the sink.
We're thinking this is more of a trend in Europe since the source of these photos is Living Etc., but we have seen it from time to time stateside as well and like the look. Has anyone tried this? Let us know in the comments or send us in a photo or two...
Photos: Living Etc.