After some serious contemplation, you’ve finally picked out the tile you want for your bath or kitchen—but what about the grout? The paste that fills the spaces between each tile hardly seems like the most significant design element, but the grout you choose—especially the color—can completely transform the look of the room. It’s common to wait until the last minute to choose your tile grout color, but taking time to consider your options may help your decision in the long-run. Here are our tips on how to choose a grout color for your project!
Dark Colored Grout
Black is obviously the darkest grout color available, but every color has a spectrum of color from lighter to darker. Blue grout can come in strong, dark, ultramarine shades, or light pastel blues. The more intense a color, the more it is likely to fall within the “dark” grout color choices. People tend to pick dark grout colors when they want to hide dirt or reduce the grout maintenance. However, dark grout does discolor over time, if using cleansers that fade it. The grout already brings a lot of architectural interest, so sparing use of accent colors will keep the space from feeling overloaded.
Lighter Colored Grout
Light grout colors don’t fade over time because they are already light. However, they don’t hide dirt as easily as darker colors. When white or very light tile is paired with a matching white or almost-white grout, the lines between tiles visually disappear and the entire surface blends together. The result is a look that doesn’t tend to draw attention. For this reason, this pairing is perfect when you don’t want your tile to be a feature, especially in modern spaces that already have dramatic flair elsewhere. This combo is also great for a small bathroom you want to make look as large as possible.
Neutral Colored Grout
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. White is considered a neutral as well as a light color, but so are lighter shades of gray and tan. A neutral color doesn’t make a statement on its own and tends to recede into the background. Neutral colors don’t include anything that provoke an emotional reaction from the viewer. Gray is the trendiest grout color for design and has multiple applications, from contrasting to unifying a design, depending on what tile is chosen with it.
Grout Color that Contrasts Your Tile
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. Understanding your three basic color choices in grout, you can start to figure out how to choose grout color for tile projects. If your tile color is light and you choose a dark color of grout, you are opting for a contrasting color design. The same is true if your tile color is dark and you choose a light colored grout.
This classic look is the easiest to execute and lowest-risk. After purchasing your tile, find a grout with the most similar hue or lightness. Rather than looking for the perfect match, look for a slight contrast so you can see the tile’s shape clearly without looking harsh.
Choosing a high contrast for your grout helps create a sophisticated, modern, and geometric look to your tile. Determine whether you prefer dark grout with light tile or vice versa. Whatever grout colors you choose, going with a high contrast will help your tile installation pop!
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