When it comes to adding tile to any space, there are so many more details that go into the space beside just picking. You will need to know what tile pattern you are going to lay the tile, how you’re going to trim out your tile, and what grout, grout color and spacers you’re going to use. Today we are going to dive into grout colors we love and our process to picking the right color.
Finding the right grout color to complement your tile can be challenging. What we did to make the process a little easier is broke down grout colors by categories greys, whites, and browns. Each category has a wild variety of colors.
Finding the right tile is the first step! We like to have actual tile samples present in our client homes prior to making a decision. Once you have your tile selection done you can then move into finding the right grout color.
Before you get into what grout color you are picking we like to think about the use of the tile in your home. Is the tile going to be in a high traffic area like a shower or floor? If so we rarely recommend white as that grout, as it tends to discolor quickly and becomes difficult to maintain. Our goal is always to provide honest quality feedback to clients. However, if you are using tile for an accent wall or backsplash that gets less traffic we find the color isn’t affected and your options are open.
Having grout samples available is key to finding what color is going to be best. We like to compare grout coloring starting with 3 to 5 options and narrowing down the options to make a decision.
Turns out lighting is a big deal. We have talked about that from picking paint to what type of light bulbs you select. The same is true with tile and grout. What we like to do is bring the tile and grout samples into the space we are going to use them. From there we can see the natural lighting.
Use the colors in the tile and paint selection to guide your grout coloring selection process. The undertones in both the tile and paint can help narrow down the options. We typically like to keep cooler undertone colors with cool undertones grout and warm undertones with warm!
Grout lines can vary drastically! Your pattern and layout of your tiles can really help dictate what size grout lines will work best for the space. This part takes a lot of pre-planning to decide what is going to work best, and honestly there is no one size fits all jobs. Each job is going to be uniquely different. What you will have to do is decide on the pattern layout and do that math to find where the tile is going to hit for cuts. This will help you make more concrete decisions on the grout lines.
Below are some of our favorite grout colors! We would love to see how your tiling and grout jobs are going. Connect with us over on instagram or drop a comment below!
Much Love –
Co-Founder, Clark + Aldine