White hexagon bathroom floor tile with grey grout

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So much time is put into picking out the perfect tile for our bathrooms và backsplashes, but we tend to overlook the grout. Sometimes we even wait until the installation process khổng lồ start looking at what grout color to use. Henry và I were often rushing around making hasty decisions about our grout due khổng lồ not being prepared.

There are several factors to lớn consider when choosing what grout màu sắc you should go with. You should consider things lượt thích the location, pattern, and undertones. It is also very important lớn think about what overall look you want or are trying khổng lồ achieve.

Are you going for a subtle look or vị you want a lot of contrast?

Let’s take a look at some things that may help you decide on what might be the best grout màu sắc for your tile project.

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Tile Location

You’ve probably heard the term “location is everything” when it comes khổng lồ real estate. I think the same can be said about tile. For us, whether the tile is located on the floor or wall, plays a big part in our grout choice.

In one of our houses, we decided to vì chưng white grout on the bathroom floor. It looked so good with the Carerra Marble tiles. But after a few months of use, the grout wasn’t looking so great anymore. Turns out white grout can start to look pretty dingy even if you seal it.

Because of this, we have rarely used trắng grout on floors since. If we are going for a lighter look, we typically use a light warm grey grout.

As you can see here, we went with this look in our upstairs bathrooms. We chose the Whisper Valley mosaic tile from Jeffrey Court. This tile is very light in color. So we chose a warm gray grout to lớn maintain the overall light and airy feel without losing the hexagonal pattern of the tile.

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Another location you may want to lớn avoid using white or a very light grout is in the shower. Soap scum & hard water can make your grout look dirty very quickly.

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I’m not saying lớn never use white grout on floors but to keep in mind that more work will be involved in keeping your grout looking clean. After all, we did use white grout in our laundry room. More on that below.

Pattern

Another big thing to consider when choosing your grout màu sắc is the pattern of your tile. Bởi you want lớn accentuate the pattern or downplay it?

Here’s what we normally do. The busier the pattern, the less contrast we create between the tile and grout color. For example, in our master bathroom, we used a mosaic tile called Crystal Canyon from Jeffrey Court and a warm gray grout. This makes the pattern more subtle & creates the overall look we wanted for our bathroom floor.

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For larger tiles, we like to accentuate the pattern. For example, in our laundry room, we used a 4×16″ honed Basalt tile from Jeffrey Court with trắng grout. The contrast between the white grout và the dark gray tile in this situation really makes the herringbone pattern pop without being overly busy.

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You can see another example below in our butler’s pantry. We used a standard white subway. Khổng lồ make the staggard brick pattern really stand out, we chose pearl gray grout.

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Undertones

Above I’ve discussed màu sắc regrading how light or dark you should go with your grout, but what about actual “color”? We don’t typically use a lot of colorful tiles, but if you do, you probably don’t want to lớn mix undertones.

For example, if you are using a tile that is blue-gray & you want to lớn use a gray grout, choose one that has a cool undertone. Remember that cool is blue, & warm is yellowish/brown.

Another example would be to lớn use warm gray grout with a creamy subway tile.

Colorful tiles can be fun, but keep in mind that the more colorful your tile, the more important it is khổng lồ choose the right grout color.

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