Great Grout: Beyond White

Great Grout: Beyond White

Eleanor Büsing
Dec 14, 2015

Once upon a time, grout came in but a few shades: white, cream if you were lucky, dark grey, and sometimes a mid-toned grey. Times have changed, and these days there are a rainbow of colors to choose from so you can rely on your grout, rather than expensive tiles, to create a unique look.

In Gemma and Duncan's apartment, above, dark grey grout and white tiles look sharp in the kitchen. We've all grown used to this high-contrast look over the past few years as one that's minimal and practical; aside from anything else, white grout is a nightmare to keep clean.

This is a great gateway look to the colored encaustic Moroccan tiles that are so popular right now: choose a white tile with an interesting shape and highlight it with a colored grout, as in this Sabrina Soto-designed kitchen.

Apartment Therapy Tutorial → How To Grout Tile

British Ceramic Tile via The Design Sheppard

Colorful grout looks fantastic with basic subway tiles, too, as in this fun white-and-blue kitchen wall.

Peter Legge Associates via Arch Daily

The look also works surprisingly well over larger spaces, as in this open, enviable master bathroom.

Oliver Burns via Houzz

Colored grout and tile is a step further, but the look works well in a single area of this luxury loft apartment in Soho.

Yatzer via Upcyclist

Hows this for glam? In the Anahi restaurant in Paris, old chipped tiles were patched with metallic gold grout for a luxe, faded grandeur.

How do you feel about colored and contrasting grout? Would you do it in your home, or is this look just a flash in the pan?

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