Beth Kooby gets excited just talking about tile. “It’s kind of an obsession,” says the interior designer, who took her eponymous firm full-time in 2014. (She even admits to keeping a “shrine” to tile on shelving in her office.) Kooby’s work really shines in kitchens and bathrooms (see her groovy shower as part of her master suite for our Modern Style showhouses). With style that ranges from bold and geometric to soft and organic, Kooby is an expert at mixing and matching the colors, textures, and patterns that tile injects into a room. She gave us a tour of her favorite showrooms for chic surfaces in Atlanta. bethkoobydesign.com
Best for: The classics. “Waterworks is the Grace Kelly of tile,” says Kooby.
Architectonics handmade decorative field tile. “This could go in an extremely elegant kitchen with marble,” says Kooby.
Architectonics handmade chinoiserie decorative field tile
1 West Paces Ferry Road, waterworks.com
Renaissance Tile & Bath
Best for: Mosaics and a global vibe. “They have a huge selection in their showroom,” says Kooby.
New Ravenna mosaic. “This is stunning for a feature wall in the shower,” says Kooby.
Arto Brick tile
Studio 10 clay tile. “You can use these inside or out, on the wall or the floor—in a cool kitchen or on a fireplace surround.”
ADAC West, renaissancetileandbath.com
Best for: Visual and physical texture; variety
Walks stone-like porcelain. “It looks real, it feels real, and it’s easy to clean,” she says.
Andalucia Marrakesh terracotta tile. “This is texture, beauty, history. It’s just as powerful without color.”
Duquesa cement tile. “This would be awesome in a laundry room.”
791 Miami Circle, walkerzanger.com
1, 2, 3. Metallic marble tile. “All of these would look great in a bar area,” Kooby says. “Or a powder room or moody kitchen—I’m dying to do a black kitchen.”