Information & Help Selecting Your Grout Color

Photo features Fashion Accents™ Copper Blend Brix accent with Veranda™ in Suede 6-1/2 x 20 field tile and Urban Metals™ in Bronze 3-1/4 x 12 liner

Photo features Fashion Accents™ Copper Blend Brix accent with Veranda™ in Suede 6-1/2 x 20 field tile and Urban Metals™ in Bronze 3-1/4 x 12 liner

 
 

SELECTING YOUR GROUT COLOR
DON'T LET IT BECOME AN AFTERTHOUGHT

Grout is often an overlooked design element when tiling floors, walls or backsplashes. There are three general approaches when it comes to selecting grout: match the tile, contrast with the tile, or go neutral. Let the selection of your grout be as important as tile selection and you’ll be able to achieve the perfect design.

MATCHING
If you're looking for a less pronounced grout line, select a grout color that "matches" your tile selection. Selecting a grout color that is one shade either lighter or darker helps tie everything together. This is also an advisable choice when your tile has only one color because it helps create a fluid look. This can also be the best option when using more expensive tiles, such as marble tiles or granite tiles.

Photo features Marble First Snow Elegance on Wall and floor

This grout matches the tile for a more seamless effect
Photo features Marble First Snow Elegance on Wall and floor

Photo features Identity™ Oxford Brown, Gloss 8 x 20 wall tile and decorative accent in a grid pattern on the wall

Contrasting grout makes this tile stand out.
Photo features Identity™ Oxford Brown, Gloss 8 x 20 wall tile and decorative accent in a grid pattern on the wall

CONTRASTING
If you're looking to make the tile stand out, select a contrasting grout color to your tile. This frames each tile and draws attention to them. You will also want to look at using a thicker grout in this instance to really highlight your tile selection. This is a good choice for more decorative tile patterns.

Photo features Elemental Glass™ Storm Clouds 3/4 x 3/4 field tile and Massalia™ Bullion 4 x 4 field and accent tile with 1 x 6 Frieze accent and 1 x 1 Pinnacle Buttons

This neutral grout goes with everything and ties the different styles and colors of tile together Photo features Elemental Glass™ Storm Clouds 3/4 x 3/4 field tile and Massalia™ Bullion 4 x 4 field and accent tile with 1 x 6 Frieze accent and 1 x 1 Pinnacle Buttons

NEUTRAL
If you're looking for what some feel is the safest choice, select a "neutral" grout color from the tans, beiges, or grays. If you want something that will have mass appeal, a neutral matching color is the most widely recommended approach.

OTHER GROUT CONSIDERATIONS
The selection of your grout color is important to achieve your desired look; however, you still need to consider the type of grout being used. Grout functions to bond tiles and stone edges together and prevent chipping so it is important you or your tile contractor understand the types of grout available.

You should also consider traffic patterns in the room where your tile and grout will be used when selecting a color. A very light grout is probably not a good idea for a busy kitchen, but could be ideal for a less used guest bath. Note: A darker grout will fade quicker, while a lighter color will show stains and dirt.

 

If you need additional assistance in selecting your floor tile grout color, Daltile is always available to assist. To find a location near you, enter your zip code into our dealer locator.