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How to Choose The Right Grout Color For Your Tile

The color of your grout will significantly impact your overall design, and is just as important in your decision-making process as choosing your tile color.  Grout color effects everything from the overall style of your design to the daily maintenance requirements of your installation, so be sure to take your time when considering your grout color options.  To help you out we've provide the three of our most popular grout color styles.

Match your grout to your tile color

If you want your tile to be the center of attention, we suggest matching your grout color to your tile color. This will prevent the eye from being distracted from the pattern found within the grout line.  This style works well with neutral tile colors, especially white tile where you want the white to look fresh and clean.  Keep in mind that a lighter grout color like white will show more stains and will require more maintenance to keep it looking it's best.

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Tile shown: Paseo in White Gloss with a matching white grout; Image: Malcolm Fearon, Bliss Images

Choose a contrasting grout color

If your looking to make a statement with your tile and grout, choosing a grout that contrasts your tile color will do the trick. The contrast between your tile and your grout color will emphasize the overall pattern and layout of your tile, creating a graphic focal point in your space.

A dark grout joint is a great way to add contrast to a classic white subway tile.  The contrasting grout warms up the white tile, preventing any sense of sterility while adding depth and dimension.  You can even set your tiles a bit wider for a more dramatic effect.  Not to mention, a dark grout is easier to keep clean!  

If you do decide to go with a Dark grout and a light tile color it is VERY IMPORTANT to recognize the fact that your grout may stain your tile, especially if your tile has any crackle in the glaze.  If you decide to use a dark grout and a light tile color be sure to use a sealer on your tile to protect your glaze.  Before installation you'll want to test a few coats of sealer/grout release to see what treatment is necessary.  One coat may not be a perfect remedy and that often times two or three coats may be necessary to ensure the grout doesn't stain your tile.

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Tile shown: Ogee Drop in White Wash with a contrasting dark grout; Image: Shooting LA

Or you can go the opposite route and pair a dark tile color with a contrasting white grout the way the kitchen below has done with a green tile pattern and a bright white grout.

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Tile shown: Paseo in Spruce with a contrasting white grout; Image: Twisted Tours Photography

Find a neutral balance

If you are looking for something in between a matching and contrasting grout color, try a neutral that is just a few shades off your tile color.  For example in the kitchen below a neutral gray softens the vibrant yellow tile for a look that is eye-catching but not overly graphic and demanding.

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Tile shown: 2 x 4 in Daffodil with a neutral gray grout; Image: Whit Preston

For a more subtle look, try a neutral tile color with a warm white grout, for a perfectly balanced neutral look.

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Tile shown: Ogee in Oyster Shell with a neutral cream grout

Still need some help choosing your grout color?  Simply call, chat or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.