How to Choose Grout Colors for Ceramic Tile


Grout color plays a big part in the overall look of a ceramic-tile surface. In some cases, the grout should be invisible, blending into the tiles, while in others the grout becomes part of the pattern or design. The location of the tiled surface should also be taken into consideration; using white grout on a high traffic floor may result in gray or discolored grout joints over time. Selecting a darker color that still complements the floor tiles can prevent this from happening.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic grout samples available at any tile showroom
  • Lay a loose tile on a flat surface and select several shades of plastic grout sticks. Place up to four shades of grout next to the tile, one on each side of the tile.

  • Look at grout colors that may fade or blend in with darker colored tiles. The grout sticks are typically one shade darker than the grout will actually dry, so select a grout color slightly darker than the tile if you want it to blend.

  • Choose a mid-toned grout color for mosaics or tiles that have multiple colors. A mid-toned grout color should match or blend with at least one color in the tiles so as not to add additional color and compete with the tiles.

  • Choose a bright toned grout color if you want the grout to help accent or create a pattern in the tiles. White grouts work well with cobalt or green wall tiles, to show off the dark color of the tile. Gray grouts work well with white floor tiles to both show off the tiles and prevent discoloration of the grout over time.

  • Select a grout based on whether you want it to blend, disappear or highlight the tiles. Stay darker on floor grout to prevent discoloration; wall tile grout can usually be lighter if properly sealed in wet areas.

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