Grout Colors: Choosing The Right Tile Accents

by on 07/06/2015 - 10:23 am

Categories: D├ęcor & Lighting, Kitchen & Bath

By Monica Guhde

Manager, Guhde Flooring America

When designing tile floors and backsplashes, it’s the little details that make the biggest impact. Most homeowners spend countless hours sifting through the endless options of available tile shapes, colors, and textures, but they often pick the grout as a mere afterthought. The color of the grout, however, can dramatically change the look of your flooring and walls.

While grout is used as a filler between tiles to bond them together and protect the edges so they don’t chip, esthetics also is a consideration as the grout can draw your eye to the beauty of the individual tiles or showcase the overall pattern.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing grout color.

Match vs. Contrast

Matching tile and grout will make the grout lines less pronounced and pull out the details in the individual tiles. Choosing a matching color that is one shade either lighter or darker creates a more streamlined design and is a good option for more expensive tiles such as marble, limestone, and slate, where you want the natural beauty to take center stage.

On the other hand, contrasting tile and grout colors puts more emphasis on the overall pattern, which is ideal if you want to draw attention to geometric patterns and make the decorative pattern stand out.

You can always take the middle ground and pick a neutral shade of tan, beige or gray, which are often the most popular choices.

Light vs. Dark

When selecting grout, consider traffic patterns in the room. Light grout will show more dirt and stains while dark grout colors will hide dirt but can fade.

As a general rule, a very light grout is not recommended for a busy kitchen, but would work nicely in a guest bathroom that is not used every day. However, if you prefer a bright, clean look in your kitchen, go ahead and use a light grout but keep in mind it will require more maintenance.

Warm vs. Cool

The same color wheel principles used to create harmonious color combinations for any design also come into play with grout. If the tile has warm colors, select warmer shades of off-white, tan/brown, or yellowish-green. For cool-hued tiles, pick gray tones such as blue-gray or bluish-green colors.

Keep in mind that, like everything else nowadays in design, anything goes. So if you want to have fun with your tile and perhaps match the grout to other items in the room, such as countertops or upholstery, you can mix up the tones.

Guhde Flooring America is located at 1880 Mentor Avenue in Painesville, Ohio. For more information, visit or call 440-607-5064.