How to Choose Grout Color for Tile


Grout color can affect the look of an entire tile project. Gone are the days when all grout was white or off-white. Although the grout is used to protect the edges of the tiles, the grout color can also help tie the tiles into the room's overall decor. To choose grout color, consider factors such as the room's size and purpose, amount of foot traffic, and the color and design of the tile.

  • Choose a dark-colored grout for light-colored tiles and vice versa to bring out the geometric pattern in your layout.

  • Match the grout color with the tile color to make the area look larger and uniform. It also gives the area a contemporary look. For example, use a red-colored grout for a red-colored tile.

  • Go for a grout color that is a tone lighter than the tile color for a classic look. This is a popular technique used for kitchen backsplashes.

  • Choose a grout color that is same as the wall color or the countertop in the area for multicolored tile. This gives a neutral look to the overall multicolored tile project.

  • Pick brown, tan or gray grout color for the light-colored tiles instead of a white. It is easier to clean and less prone to discoloration.

  • Try gray grout for natural-looking tiles like terra cotta. Gray is a good neutral color that blends and wears well alongside terra cotta.

  • Use a light-colored grout for light-colored tiles to hide mistakes made when installing the tile.

  • Do not use white grout in areas exposed to a lot of moisture. The grout will soon be stained with mold and mildew.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try the grout color on a small area to see if you like the color before grouting the entire surface.

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