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Matching Tile & Grout Color: How to Make the Best Choice

by Susan Lombard 11/17/2021

If your next remodel involves adding tile, you’ll need to choose grout to go with it. While it might seem like an insignificant detail, grout color can make an enormous difference in the look and overall style of the space. Some grout and tile combinations have become popular trends in the last few years. However, it’s important to choose the best grout color for your specific situation and preference. Here is a quick guide for picking the best grout color for your tile:

Size Matters

Just like with paint and tile color, grout color choice should depend on the size of the space. Grout can have a major impact on the look and feel of an entire room, and that includes the size. If you want to make the space appear larger, opt for a grout color that blends in with your tile choice. This makes the surface look uninterrupted and expansive, especially if you use light colors.

Tile Tones

Undertones are important when choosing tile grout color. Even if you have what appear to be plain gray tiles, that gray color may have a cool or warm undertone. If you have an established color scheme for the space you’re working in, you also have those tones to consider as well. Try to match cool tones like blues, pinks and other frosty pastels. Warm tones like orange, red, yellow or khaki brown should go together as well. Even if you want to add contrast, it’s key to match undertones for the most cohesive look.

Adding Patterns

If you prefer a bold, patterned look to your tile, contrasting grout color is a smart choice. The easiest way to do this is to choose a grout color several shades lighter or darker than the tile color. You can add color and visual interest to the space this way and highlight your choice of tile shape. For example, highlight a herringbone pattern or geometric tiles to make a bold statement.

Consider Textures

Texture is just as important as color when choosing grout color. The texture and finish of your tile will affect the way it looks in various types of light and in combination with the grout. For example, glossy tile reflects the light and makes the color appear brighter. Consider a lighter grout color with shiny tile. Or, if your tile has marble veins or multiple colors, try to choose a grout color that complements one color on the tile.

Ultimately, grout choice depends on the look you want for the space. Consider these things when choosing a grout color and determine what works best for you.

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