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Tips for Picking the Best Grout Color

by Ted Stumpf 02/19/2023

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.

About the Author

Ted Stumpf

Ted draws energy and joy from building synergetic relationships with his Clients. Ted's nature is graciously gregarious and persevering; he's honest; and he's been dedicated to a substantial list of clientele throughout his 25 years in the hospitality business and almost two years as a REALTOR. His passion is creating a sincere, successful relationship with people.

Ted grew up in a family of Realtors in central Indiana, earned a degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and jumped into all aspects of the restaurant business. His ensuing hospitality career path eventually led him into the Event Management Sales & Service role in hotels and quickly guided him to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally to a luxury resort in the Napa Valley, where he, his husband, and their dog have resided for almost a decade now.  

The irony is not lost on Ted that his ‘growth’ journey has culminated in“living happily ever after” in an agricultural area with a small-town feel and sense of community strikingly reminiscent of his youth…and as a REALTOR nonetheless!