Clean lines and a splash of tropical blue are the secrets behind this cheery kitchen.

Meg Braff Teal Blue Tile Kitchen with White Cabinets
Credit: David A. Land/Otto

White kitchens don't have to be bland and boring. Designer Meg Braff brought instant punch to this streamlined kitchen with the addition of teal blue. If you have a color you love, you shouldn't be afraid to use it. With so much white in the kitchen, a bold color choice isn't overwhelming. Here, Braff used blue tile, but you can easily add a personal touch to your white kitchen over the weekend with a can of paint.

Focus on One Statement

"The wild blue tile is the major design element," says Braff, who stuck with a classic shape to temper the color. "This 4- by 8-inch size is a tad larger than a traditional subway tile."

Tack on a Table

The island and table look like one piece but are actually two. The island is stationary, while the counter-height table (36 inches tall) sits on casters for . "It can move anywhere," she says. If you need a little extra space it can be pushed in.

Choose Indestructible Surfaces

The look of this kitchen hinges on the contrast between blue and white. The white Dekton countertops are not only sleek but also resistant to scratches, heat, and stains. While the waterfall countertops on the island are a trend, they are key to maintaining the clean lines of this kitchen.

Meg Braff White Kitchen Sink with Teal Blue Backsplash
Credit: David A. Land/Otto

Double Up on Dishwashers

"We anticipated lots of parties and cleanups happening in here," says Braff. She flanked the sink with a pair of dishwashers to prevent dirty plates from piling up.

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Keep It Open

These white floating shelves, which Braff assures can be affixed to tile, help show off the bright blue wall. "You just need to use the right drill bits for tile," she says.

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