My wife and recently ordered some tile to use when we remodel our bathroom, but we can’t seem to agree on what color grout to use. We are concerned about the grout getting dirty, but we’d also like to choose something that will look nice with our tile. Do you have any pointers for choosing grout color?
Tim from Texas
Choosing a grout color can be tough, because you have so many choices these days. To keep it basic though, you can either choose a color that is the same as the tile, one that contrasts with the tile, or you can choose a neutral color.
- Matching – By matching your grout color as closely as possible to your tile color, you make the grout lines less obvious. This accentuates the tiles them selves, and not the pattern of the layout. This choice is generally best when you choose a beautiful tile in a simple layout.
- Contrasting – Choosing a contrasting grout color draws attention to the layout of the tile. This is often desirable if you choose a mosaic tile in an interesting geometric design or if you use a more complicated or decorative tile layout.
- Neutral – When all else fails a neutral color like tan, beige or light gray can work in most applications. Keep in mind the white grout often yellows over time, so it probably won’t be a low maintenance choice.
Darker grouts are less apt to stain, so if you are tiling a counter top or a high traffic floor, keep that in mind. On the other hand, lighter grouts are less likely to fade with sunlight or strong cleaners. You can always re-stain your grout if it becomes faded or discolored, or if you are just ready for a change.
Hope this helps you make your decision.