How to choose grout colours for light tile

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How to choose grout colours for light tile
Be creative with your grouting. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Kitchen and bathroom remodels often necessitate new tiles and, in turn, new grout colours. Some people assume this isn't a problem because they think grout only comes in white, but grout actually comes in a wide range of colours. You might want to consider choosing grout colours when you choose your tile, especially if you plan on using light-coloured tiles.

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    Cut bright colours such as red, blue and green from your palette right away. These colours can make a great impression, but they are hard to clean. If you plan on laying tile in a high-traffic area, you want grout that's easier to clean.

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    Pick grout colours that come close to matching the light-coloured tile. This gives a cleaner and more uniform look to the area. It also keeps the focus on the tile, which is especially important if you're using imported tile or a more expensive option. For example, use a tan coloured grout if you're using light brown tiles.

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    Use a contrasting colour to make more of a statement, or if you're using several colours of tile such as in a mosaic pattern. A good example is a black or dark grey grout for tiles featuring shades of pale pink, yellow or another pastel shade. This creates a background that puts the focus of the eye on the tile.

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    Buy white grout if your tiles are white and you're looking for an easy-to-clean grout. White grout is well known for being easy to clean because it only requires a small amount of bleach. However, it only looks right with white tiles, or tiles that are close to white, such as cream.

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    Choose grout colours that accent your tile colours. There are many light tiles on the market today that mimic the look of marble, or contain several shades in each one. In this case you'll want to find a grout colour that accents the tiles but doesn't necessarily match the main colour. Opt for a grout colour that closely matches one of the accent colours in your tile.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't toss your grout after you finish a remodelling job, but keep a small batch in a safe place. If something happens and you need more grout, this helps you achieve an exact match quickly.
  • Keep in mind that areas like the top of the bath and the bottom of your backsplash need caulk and not grout. Even sealed grout doesn't protect the tiles from water damage as well as caulk and may allow the tiles to fall off.

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