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What Color Grout Should I Choose?

Is grout color really that big of a deal?

I mean, it's just grout. The stuff that fills in the cracks between your tiles, right?


Grout is actually a super important design element that can completely transform the look of your project. Whether you just finished tiling your backsplash or you’re working on some nifty mosaic tiles in your dream bathroom, choosing the right grout color is essential to completing the look.

Since there are quite a few things to consider when choosing your grout color, here are 3 simple tips that will help make the decision process a little easier.

To Match, or Not to Match?

Should my grout match my tile? This is probably the most common grout question I get, and my answer is always the same: It depends!

If you're going for a more seamless look that makes your space feel spacious and airy, then matching grout to your tile is probably the way to go. This kind of minimalist look can be absolutely beautiful when using large format tiles in a large kitchen, entryway, or bathroom.

However, if you want to add a little personality and contrast to your space, go for a grout color that is either a few shades lighter or darker than your tile. If you're working with a fun tile pattern or design with subway tile, mosaics, herringbone, or uniquely shaped tiles, using grout in a contrasting shade can create a more dramatic effect that will really make a statement.

Let the Tiles Be Your Guide

Another grout pro-tip is to take your cue from the tiles you're using. Do they have warm or cool undertones? Are they more muted or vibrant in color?

Tiles with warm undertones like yellows, oranges, and reds tend to look best with grout colors in the same family. For example, a light yellow tile would look beautiful with a slightly darker honey grout or a warm white.

Tiles with cool undertones like blues, greens, and grays are best paired with grout colors on the cooler end of the spectrum. A tile with cool gray marbling, for example, would look great with cool white or a light gray grout, depending on the look you're going for. If you're using multicolored tiles, like a colorful mosaic, it's always best to match your grout to the most neutral color in your application.

How Do You Want the Space to Feel?

The last thing to consider when choosing grout is the overall feel you want your space to have.

For kitchens, many designers choose grout colors that are either white or a very light gray for a seamless look that keeps the space feeling clean and bright. Alternatively, you can use a darker grout if you're looking for a bold backsplash that really pops.

For bathrooms, are you going for a spa-like feel or a more playful design? If you want to create a relaxing oasis, grout colors in light hues will give the space an airy feel. For a more fun and funky bathroom with eclectic tiles or patterns, choose a grout color that complements your design and allows the tiles to really shine!

Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help

Having to redo your grout when you’re unhappy with the color can be a real bummer. When in doubt, don't hesitate to turn to design blogs or Pinterest for inspiration. If you feel like you need an interior designer's perspective, don't hesitate to reach out! I would be more than happy to help you choose the perfect grout color for your next project.

Until next time, happy designing!


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