What Color Grout To Use With Gray Tile. What professionals say

Gray tile is a popular choice because it is a neutral color and works with practically any aesthetic you choose in your bathroom. Given the range of colors that epoxy grout offers, you can also choose different color grout for your gray tile. 

Use warm gray tones or taupe grout with gray tile. You can also choose cream-colored grout if you want to brighten up the space by contrasting the colors. Brown grout can complement your tile if it is light gray.

Keep reading to find out more about how to match your grout to gray-colored tile. I’ll explore the various color options and explain what kind of aesthetic you can get. 

Grout Colors To Use With Gray Tile

When choosing the interior design aspects of your bathroom, you probably think a lot about the colors. Most people overlook the impact that grout color has on the overall aesthetics of their bathroom, but it can bring about dramatically different results.

Although gray is not a conventional color for tile, it comes into and out of popularity because it is a neutral color that works well with several different styles. Here are a few options you may want to consider for the grout that’s going in between your gray tile:

● Gray Tones (Light and Dark)

The most likely first choice is gray itself. However, you will need to consider which shade of gray you want to use. Light gray grout works best if your tile is light colored. There is also the added advantage that this color hides any dust that may collect between your tiles.

Dark gray grout will give you a chance to make the lines around the tile pop, which provides a clean and polished look. This color is also extremely easy to clean and won’t show signs of discoloration easily. 

● Taupe

As it is a color between gray and brown, taupe adds a touch of contrast that is pleasing to the eye. I also recommend that you incorporate this color into the overall color scheme of your kitchen or bathroom because it works so well with most other colors. 

Interior designers use taupe in their color schemes mainly because this color provides just the right amount of color contrast to establish a hierarchy of hues. Using it in your grout can be the first step toward incorporating more of it into your design. 

● Cream

A slightly off-white color that isn’t too bright, cream is considered a standard choice for gray tile because of the stark difference between the two colors. Whether you are pairing it with dark gray or a lighter shade, cream grout will showcase the clean lines between the tiles.

Keep in mind, however, that cream grout is more prone to showing dust and discoloration. Maintaining the cleanliness of this grout is all the more important in ensuring your bathroom looks sparkling clean and seamless even when the tile isn’t the brightest shade. 

● Brown (Pairs Well With Light Gray)

If you want to change things up but don’t want the hassle of cleaning up cream-colored grout, try brown grout instead. It looks especially beautiful when paired with a light gray tile because it shows off the lines a little more than usual; the brown hue is very subtle.

An elegant pairing with brown grout will be if your gray tile has a tinge of brown or taupe in it. Brown grout is dark enough to hide imperfections and dirt while catching the eye at the same time.

Grout Colors Not To Use With Gray Tile

One color I certainly don’t recommend that anyone use with gray tile is any bright white grout. Not only is this color difficult to keep clean, but it is also prone to discoloration from mold or mildew.

Additionally, a very bright white can make looking at gray tiles a little tiring because it resembles a grid illusion. Although this may seem like a minor issue, you might find it hard to relax in a bathtub if you’re staring at tiles that make you slightly dizzy. 

Factors To Consider When Choosing Grout Color

Before shopping for grout, it’s important to consider the impact that grout color will have on the overall aesthetics of your kitchen or bathroom. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when choosing which color grout you will use on your gray tile (or any other tile color):

  • What shade and hue is your tile?
  • Do you prefer the grout to blend in with the tile, or would you prefer the lines to show?
  • Can you keep the grout relatively clean and ensure it doesn’t get discolored?

The most important question is the first one. Not all gray-colored tiles are the same. Your tile might have hues of brown or taupe that work better with certain grout colors. 

If you choose the wrong color for your bedroom walls, you can just paint over the old color with a different shade or an entirely different color. Re-grouting is not as simple as that: it takes some time and skill to do right. As such, I highly recommend you think carefully before choosing a grout color so that you don’t find yourself in a situation where you need to remove one layer of grout and replace it with a new one. 

Some interior designers provide samples of tiles already paired with grout colors so you can visualize the final results better. If you aren’t working with an interior designer, search for photos online to familiarize yourself with different styles.

Final Thoughts

Now that we’ve explored a few grout options for your gray tile, you can match a visually pleasing grout color with your tiles easily. 

Whether you choose gray, brown, cream, or any of the hues and colors in between, make sure you’re comfortable with your choice before committing to it. At the end of the day, there are no right or wrong answers, so choose what you like the most.

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