Is It Best to Match My Grout to the Tile or Make It Pop with White?


Many homeowners find that the most difficult decision they face in their remodel is selected the right color of grout for their tile floor. Grout comes in a wide variety of colors. Treating it like the second part of the flooring design will help you make a selection you are happy with for years to come.

What is Grout?

The primary purpose of grouting a tiled surface is to prevent water from getting behind the tile and weakening the adhesive structure. In mosaics, grout also works as part of the visual design.

Grout Color Should Contrast

In addition to important functional uses, grout traditionally provides an appealing contrast to the tiles itself, helping to show their separation. Without this contrast, mosaic effects are lost and tiles blend together visually.

Tiles floors are not always one solid color, so contrasting with grout can sometimes be a challenge. Make sure that you finding a grout that contrasts all of the colors in your floor design. When in doubt on choosing the best contrast for your tiles, or if you’re dealing with a colorful mosaic, a medium to dark gray usually suffices. Keep in mind, that the color of your chosen grout will be much lighter when it has fully cured – as opposed to how it looks when it is wet.

Compare Grout with Your Tile In Hand

Most building material stores carry anywhere from 30 or more colors of grout. They often carry swatches similar to that of paint, but with more limited options. Don’t try picking a grout from memory, actually bring your tile to the store and compare your tiles to the color swatches. If your tile flooring contains more than one color, make sure you bring each tile with you. Although it’s a challenge it’s important to find a grout that contrasts every color in your flooring pallet for a pristine finished product.