Forget the cost of the tile, the glue, the grout, the spacers and of course, the labour for the contractor. You can have the look without spending a fortune.
This is definitely an "I can afford it" project!
If you like the idea of a great home decor look without the high cost, this faux ceramic tiling painting may be for you.
Here is an example of some grey toned faux tiles in a kitchen backsplash.
Hopefully, it can give you some inspiration to try it out yourself.
Faux ceramic tiling can be done in whatever block size you choose. This
example was done in a 4 inch block size with 1/4" faux grout lines.
The colour of the faux tiling can be in whatever colour you like. This
kitchen backsplash was done in grey tones - almost a shiny stone look.
The background was first painted - the grout colour. 1/4" painters tape was used to to mark off the lines.
Different shades of grey were applied using a stencil brush, starting with a lighter gray
in the middle working out to darker grays near the edges for a 3-D effect.
final step was to apply a water based protective coat of polyurethane. It adds
some shine and makes it very durable and easy to wash.