2/23/16Choosing Grout Colors For Tiles
When designing our kitchen, we spent weeks (months?) deciding on backsplash and floor tiles. It had, after all, been my dream forever to buy a home a cover it in colorful tile. But when the tile installer came and asked us what color grout we wanted, I realized we hadn’t thought about that at all. And guess what?? It actually totally changes the look and feel of the tile itself and of the space as a whole. We ended up picking a dark green grout color that matched the tile. We didn’t want to outline each brick in a contrasting color like white–that would have made the backsplash look much more busy. Also, since these tiles are handmade, the darker grout helped to hide any cracks or chips in any of the tiles, where as the white grout would have accentuated the differences between each tile.
Here in the home of Emily Katz and Adam Porterfield (an outtake shot Form The New Bohemians) simple white circle tiles on the floor and walls are used with a contrasting black grout, creating a striking graphic motif. It’s a way to get a strong looking pattern without actually using patterned tile. Imagine how different this bathroom would look if they had used white grout!
Here, in Erica Tanov’s bathroom, (another outtake from the book) they chose a square mosaic tile in a soft gray and used white grout, creating a softer and more subtle pattern.
In Stella Alberti’s kitchen — two grout colors were used — a white grout color for the walls, and a blue grout on the counters.
A few weeks ago, while on a family expedition to the Autry Museum, I notices this blue tile (which is a similar hue to the tile color we’ve chosen for our master bathroom remodel) and the grout color was terra cotta. I was sold. This week our master bath tile will be installed with this earthy grout color, and I can’t wait to see how it translates in the bathroom.
So if you’re tiling in your home, while choosing tiles I recommend simultaneously choosing grout colors (image via Installer Store). As you can see, the grout color choice can profoundly affect the overall look and feel of the space. If you need help deciding, check out this Grout Selector Tool I came across via this post on Apartment Therapy (great post to read it if you’re choosing grout). Stay tuned for more updates on my home remodel on my Periscope channel.