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How to Choose the Right Grout Color

Learn how to pick a grout you know you’ll love beforehand.


Although choosing a grout color seems like a very minimal step, it can completely transform the look of your tile. Today, we are going to talk about how to choose the right grout color for your tile so that you can make these decisions more easily.


Getting Started


First, you need to decide between three options. Decide whether you want the grout to match, complement, or contrast the tile. Imagine a white tile – a white grout will match it, a gray or beige grout will complement it, and a black grout will contrast it. Each option will have a much different effect on the tile and the space. A matching grout will make a space feel larger and a contrasting grout will give it a busier look. Either one is fine, just keep in mind the style and overall design you are going for.


How to Know Which Color to Specify

When you are ready to choose your grout, make sure to get a grout chart. A grout chart is a color sample kit that has all of the grout colors there are to choose from. Each grout company has its own colors. To use the grout chart, put each tile next to the colors to find one that you like. The sample sticks slide out of the chart so that you can put it right next to the tile on the floor to imagine how it will look. Once you find one that you like, note the name, number, and/or code printed on the side of the stick. This is what you will instruct your contractor or tile setter to buy.


Where to Get Grout


Each brand of grout will be carried at different home improvement stores. Custom Building Products can be found at Home Depot, Bostik can be found at Lowe’s. But, check their websites and find the nearest store that carries the product you need.


Keep In Mind


The look of your space isn’t the only thing to think about when choosing a grout color. Keep in mind maintenance and cleaning. In general, a dark grout will stay visibly cleaner and a light grout will require some extra scrubbing. Either one you decide to go with, the grout should be sealed after installing to prevent most staining and should help keep the grout clean. Also, keep in mind, you don’t have to use the same color grout everywhere. This is a question I get a lot but you can have a different color grout for each tile if you want to.


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