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The Impact of Grout Colors: How to Choose the Perfect Grout for Your Tile

Posted 06/16/2017 by Adam Woodburn

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Travertine Patera Chiseled Lyon Tile from Arizona Tile
Featured Image: Travertine Patera Chiseled Lyon Tile from Arizona Tile

Grout color can have a big impact on your tile’s appearance, and choosing the perfect grout shouldn’t be an afterthought.

When it comes to choosing a grout color for your tile project, you have three main options: a grout color that blends in with the tile, one that stands out or one that’s neutral. Start by looking at examples of tile designs you like to find out if you prefer grout that matches or contrasts the tile. Still not sure? There are pros and cons to each choice:

Matching Grout Color Backsplash - Arizona Tile
Image: Matching Grout Color Backsplash

  • Matching Grout: Grout that closely matches the color of your tile can give your installation a clean, uniform look because it minimizes the visibility of the tile joints. This is great if you want your tile choice to be the star of the room. If you want to make the edges of your tiles blend together and create the illusion of a perfectly solid surface, this may be the option for you. However, be aware that a coordinating look can require more careful maintenance, especially if you’re using a very light color tile that can more easily stain. 


Contrasting Grout Color Floor Tile - Arizona Tile
Image: Contrasting Grout Color Floor Tile

  • Contrasting Grout: Grout that contrasts with your tile color can create a bold, dynamic look and make the tile pattern more apparent. This is often a good choice if you want to frame and highlight decorative tiles. However, if you’re using smaller tiles, a contrasting color can accentuate their size and make the area seem busy—so keep this in mind if that’s something you’d like to avoid. 


    Neutral Grout Color Floor Tile - Arizona Tile
    Image: Neutral Grout Color Floor Tile

  • Neutral Grout: You can also create a subdued look by opting for a neutral grout color that complements, rather than exactly matches, your tile. For example, you might choose beige or gray grout to complement white tile or tile that has variable coloring, such as natural stone. This option has the most mass appeal.

You can even find uniquely colored grout, to make a real impact. Perfect for small areas like backsplashes, bright or bold grout is a great way to incorporate an accent color from your décor to tie the room together.

Here are some final tips and considerations to keep in mind when choosing a grout color:

  • When selecting your grout color, bring one of your tiles with you to the store so you can see what the final product will look like.
  • Be sure to choose grout that is approved for use with your tile. Some tile materials are porous enough to absorb coloring from some types of grout.
  • Light-colored grout will show dirt and stains more visibly than dark grout, so it may not be a good choice for high-traffic areas.

Still undecided? Our Just Design Visualizer can help you choose the perfect tile grout color for your project. 

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