What Grout Colour to Use?

How to Choose the Right Grout Colour

The tiles you choose to fix on your floor or wall play an important part of the overall room design.  You should also not underestimate the importance of the grout colour you use.  Choose between colours which are complementing or contrasting with your tiles.

Tile grouts come in a variety of colours from light to dark, the majority are anti-fungal and mould resistant, and you basically have two options:

1. Contrasting Grout Colour

This grout is either darker or lighter than the corresponding tile.  This will in effect frame each tile.  The grout lines will become a feature of the overall tile design.  Using small tiles with a darker grout can sometimes appear busy if used over a large area.

Floor Tiles with Contrasting Grout Colours

Galileo Black Floor Tiles with lighter grey floor grout

Galileo Black Floor Tiles with lighter grey floor grout

Montana Floor Tiles with a darker grey floor grout

Montana Floor Tiles with a darker grey floor grout

Bathroom Wall Tiles with Contrasting Grout Colours 

Portland Perla Wall Tiles with darker anthracite grout

Portland Perla Wall Tiles with darker anthracite grout

Tokio Grafito Wall Tiles with lighter grey grout

Tokio Grafito Wall Tiles with lighter grey grout

Kitchen Wall Tiles with Contrasting Grout Colours

Liso Marengo Medium Wall Tiles with lighter cream grout

Liso Marengo Medium Wall Tiles with lighter cream grout

Liso Beige Medium Wall Tiles with darker anthracite grout

Liso Beige Medium Wall Tiles with darker anthracite grout

 2. Complementary Grout Colour

This grout will be similar in colour to the tile.  This will cause the tiles and grout lines to blend together.  Effectively, blurring grout lines so that you see a complete swathe of the same colour.  This can be useful over small areas to keep the space free of ‘clutter’.

Floor Tiles with Complementary Grout Colours

Slate Nero Floor Tiles with dark anthracite grout

Slate Nero Floor Tiles with dark anthracite grout

 

 

 

 

Lounge Beige Floor Tiles with limestone grout

Lounge Beige Floor Tiles with limestone grout

Bathroom Wall Tiles with Complementary Grout Colours 

Exclusive Blanco Wall Tiles with white grout

Exclusive Blanco Wall Tiles with white grout

 

Olympo Crema Wall Tiles with limestone grout

Olympo Crema Wall Tiles with limestone grout

Kitchen Wall Tiles with Complementary Grout Colours

Azulejo Blanco Wall Tiles with white wall grout

Azulejo Blanco Wall Tiles with white wall grout

What are Standard Grout Colours?

  1. Wall Tiles – White Grout
  2. Floor Tiles – Grey Grout
  3. Black Floor Tiles – Black or Anthracite Grout

Using Pale Floor Grouts

Unless you protect a lightly coloured floor tile grout, it will start to discolour over time.  You will need to use a Tile Grout Protector if you are using a light grout colour such as white, limestone, cream or sandstone. This is why you will find most floor tiles are fitted with a standard grey grout.

In my opinion though, you can’t beat a cream floor with a complementing limestone grout. It takes a bit more work afterwards protecting the grout, but the results are worth it.

It is recommended to re-apply a grout protector every 2 years to prevent discolouration.

Tile Grout Colours

Most grout manufacturers such as Ultra and Bostik have stock colours from which to choose, including white, cream, limestone, sandstone, grey, chocolate and anthracite for both wall and floor tiles.  With Mapei offering a staggering 21 colours to co-ordinate with your tiles.

Should you need further help or assistance, pop into the Creative Tiles and Laminates Walsall showroom or call 01922 610015.

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Joined Creative Tiles and Laminates as Marketing Manager in 2005. Complementing the senior management team containing 30+ years experience of fitting, flooring and customer services.
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