The Key Tile Grout Detail You Never Thought Of

kitchen with marble tile and goldrimmed range hood
gray marble bath
In this bath, Mizell chose to do extra-tight joints with gray grout a shade lighter than the tile.

Photo: Jason Varney/Courtesy of Ashli Mizell

When she does choose a grout color, Mizell takes a simple approach: “I typically prefer a grout color that represents a shade of color found within the tile or stone, and that provides a subtle contrast for definition,” she says. “I generally avoid pure white and absolute black, as these are often too harsh and can overshadow the natural material. However, once you have considered all of the elements in play, don’t be afraid to be bold!”

handmade tile backsplash in kitchen
By using handmade tile, Mizell could forgo grout altogether in this kitchen. “The edges of the tile are slightly irregular, creating a contrast of their own,” she says.

Photo: Jason Varney/Courtesy of Ashli Mizell

According to Mizell, your color options are almost endless. Along with black and white, there are lighter neutrals, grays, and browns, and even shades of green, red, and blue grout to choose from. Of course, don’t forget to consider function, too. “Bright whites are certainly harder to maintain than medium or darker shades,” notes Mizell. Thankfully, with her advice, you really can’t go wrong.

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