Ideas on what color grout to use with tan tiles

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Ideas on what color grout to use with tan tiles
The wrong colour grout can have a negative impact on a tile installation. (Boden image by Milosz Bartoszczuk from

Grout is used in nearly every tile installation, regardless of the type of tile installed. Grout not only helps to protect your installation, but it also keeps your rows of tiles perfectly straight and even. Always select a colour for your grout with a sample of the tile in hand. Most grout manufacturers offer plastic grout colour sticks, which you can lay against the tile to get a better idea of how the end result will look.

Match It

For many homeowners, grout is a necessary evil. For this reason, select a grout colour that matches the colour of the tile you're installing as closely as possible, which causes the grout to fade into the background, becoming part of the tile. If the tan tiles have several shades of colour in them, use the middle tone. For example a tile with a mix of cream, gold and taupe requires a grout colour in taupe to fade into the background.

Go Dark on a Floor

If you are laying tan coloured tiles on a floor that will see a lot of heavy foot traffic, use a dark coloured grout that still complements the tiles. Grout can discolour and absorb stains over time; using a dark shade of grout to begin with can help hide dirt and discolourations, making the installation look new longer. Chocolate brown, dark gold, harvest wheat and even brick shades, such as sienna, are used to complement the tiles while hiding dirt.

Contrast the Tiles

Sometimes grout is used to highlight the tiles and make them stand out. In these cases, a contrasting colour of grout is used to make the tiles pop. White grout is used with tan tiles in a wall tile application, or a coloured grout is used to pick up another colour from elsewhere in the room. Use hunter green grout if there are dark green walls or countertops nearby. Red brick grout or deep chocolate grout can highlight the pattern the tiles are laid in without bringing another colour into the installation as well.

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