“Color was on my mind from the very beginning—with the right combinations, it’s a fantastic tool for making a house feel special.” –Designer Meg Braff
Braff’s thoughtful tile selections throughout the seven-bedroom, eight-and-a-half-bath home (with two kitchens!) is living proof of her love and mastery of mixing color and pattern.
- The Tile: 4-inch by 8-inch in Hawaiian Blue Gloss
“In choosing the kitchen tile we wanted the all-white space to have a standout moment,” says Braff of the punchy, hardworking room. The marriage of open shelving and countertop-to-ceiling tiling opens up the overhead areas and gives it the feel of “an old brick kitchen, just brighter and more fun.”
- The Tile: Floor: Ogee Drop in Sea Green Gloss; Shower walls: 2-inch by 8-inch in White Gloss; Shower floor: 2-inch by 2-inch in White Gloss
Braff was equally careful about her grout choices throughout the Showhouse because it can make or break a handsome tile design. She repeatedly opted for clean white grouting that would keep the overall palettes unified and streamlined. On the floor, she played with pattern “to add an unexpected element” to this lovely guest bathroom. Braff wrapped the walls in “a complimentary green-and-white abstract wallpaper that really pulls it all together.”
With 14-foot ceilings, “this pool house kitchen needed a horizontal moment. So we chose two colors that related perfectly with the other elements in the pool house and arranged them in a diagonal pattern,” says Braff. “The hexagonal-patterned floor looks modern and fresh in the mix.”
- The Tile: 6-inch Hexagon in Crater Lake Gloss
In this poolside retreat, Braff saw an opportunity for shape and color to play a supporting role below her fabulous, leafy green wallpaper. She chose a watery-hued, hexagonal tile for the pool house changing room and bathroom floors, which complements and calms the lively lead: the walls.
Coral, Moroccan-inspired tile adds an exotic touch to this vibrant guest bath. Braff chose white grout to break up the bold color and then complimented the shower walls with small-scale leopard print wallpaper in like colors. "Coordinating custom towels with a matching shower curtain and bath mat always does the trick in pulling a small, bright room together,” Braff says.