What Color Grout To Use With Gray Tile?

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Grout (despite how insignificant it seems) can change the entire look of a room. 

Whether you want a neutral color scheme with barely-noticeable grout or eye-catching detail, grout is an often-forgotten renovation staple.

Gray is the latest color sensation in the home-reno world. The approachable neutral tone is classy, refined, and matches any wall color or style.

So what grout color should you use with gray tile? The general rule of thumb is that a light-colored grout suits dark tile and vice-versa. However, you do not have to conform to that rule for grout to look aesthetically pleasing. For example, using a black grout against gray tile creates an eye-catching, bold pattern.

Light gray tile can be a bit trickier. Using gray or black grout may make the light tile appear dirty (not a good look). 

Grout Types

The two types of grout are monochromatic and dichromatic. Monochromatic means the grout is the same color as the tile. Dichromatic means the grout is different than the tile.

Dark grout works best in areas of high traffic. Grime and dirt from shoes, feet, or pet paws are not as noticeable. Dark grout works exceptionally well in laundry rooms, mudrooms, or half-baths.

Gray tile is chic, easy to clean, and looks great with almost any grout color. Whichever one you choose depends on your style and the rest of the decor.

How To Choose a Good Grout Color

How to choose a good grout color

Most people use tile for a backsplash or as a focal point for a room. Consider where you plan to install the gray tile. If you want to have it in your bathroom, think about the size of the room. Small rooms look bigger with light color schemes, but gray tile with black grout will make the room pop. 

If you use the gray tile for the backsplash, you can use any color grout. Kitchens with dark appliances may look better with black or gray grout. 

Colors to Use for Accent Tile

If you want to install gray accent tile to spruce up a room (such as an inconspicuous backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom), you will want to go for a more monochromatic color scheme.

If the grout is a different color from the tile or stone, it sticks out and draws more attention to the tile. Lighter hues will blend better with the overall aesthetic and create a more put-together look. 

However, gray tile can also look kitschy and whimsical as an accent if you use a dichromatic color scheme. Honeycomb-shaped gray tile is especially effective as an accent with black or white grout.

Colors to Use for Prominent Tile

If your tile is the primary point of the room, such as bathroom tile, then it’s better to use a contrasting color to highlight the tile pattern. This tile type depends a lot on preference, and there can be different contrasting tiles in the same room. 

Remember that your bathroom fixtures need to look cohesive with your tile. Warm-toned brass may not look as refined with gray tile as silver or cool-toned material. Also, decide whether you want your tile to extend to the shower or tub. 

Your shower should be relaxing. Dark, moody tones (like black grout and gray tile) will create a soothing respite.

Grout for Specific Areas

grout for specific areas

Despite tons of other available options, tile remains the flooring of choice for bathrooms – with gray tile at the forefront. 

The trick to getting your gray tile flooring looking its best is taking all of the factors into account. Some of these include: 

  • Family size and kids – do you have young children that play outside? If yes, consider a dark grout. 
  • Pets – If you have pets, dark grout is the best option. 
  • Cleaning – Are you willing to clean your floors a few times a week? White grout is an acceptable choice.

The consensus is that dark grout works better for flooring purposes because it does not show dirt as much as white grout. However, white grout and gray tile in a bathroom look clean and sophisticated. So, if you do not have children or pets, you can make it work. 

Changing Grout Color – What To Do if You Change Your Mind

Sometimes we renovate our home only to find we do not like the results. Fortunately, at least grout-wise, changing the tone of your grout is a relatively straightforward process. Color changes are notably easy with gray tile, as it is less likely to stain or show damage than a light tile.

The fastest way to change your grout color is to use a grout stain. Grout stains are similar to wood stains in that they change the shade of the grout and apply well over already-dried grout.

Many stains come in a 2-in-1 combination. This formulation prevents you from having to apply two coats over the grout.

Finding Your Shade of Gray & Grout

Finding your shade of gray & grout

Fifty shades joke aside, finding the perfect shade of gray tile can be challenging. Before you start laying down tiles and grout, consider the style of your home, the room you put the tile in, and the desired material. 

Your Taste

If you were to describe your style in one word, what would it be? The most popular home styles are modern farmhouse, neutral and traditional, eclectic, and rustic. 

Gray tile suits every taste – the honeycomb-shaped gray tile with white grout is eclectic and clean, while subway tile in a dark gray hue with monochrome grout makes for a modern Scandanavian-inspired look. 

Your Location

As mentioned above, where you put your tile (and grout) matters. Dark-hued grays will suit large bathrooms best but can work in small rooms if you want a cozy feel. Deep gray tones with black grout add depth without being too distracting. 

Mid-to-light grays with white grout work well for backsplash or laundry rooms. Anywhere with natural light blends flawlessly with gray tile. Black grout with light gray tile is vibrant but will stand out amongst your decor. That color story is excellent for homes without a lot of vibrant hues.

Your Material

Grout, of course, is pretty much the same regardless of what color you choose. Tile, though, is not.

Gray marble tile is a stunning and sought-after material that brightens any room. With a bold material like marble, you do not need grout that stands out – white or gray works fine. Other popular tile materials include mosaic, glass, ceramic, and porcelain. Mosaic usually has patterns, so sticking to a light grout is your best bet. 


Grout might seem arbitrary, but it adds depth and cohesion to your home. Whether you use gray tile as a backsplash in your kitchen, shower walls, or bathroom floor, the wrong grout can make your tile look dingy and outdated.

The right color of grout offsets the tile and ties the room together. To help you better visualize how your tile will look with grout, take a few tile pieces and hold them up near grout samples to see how they look together.

Again, the choice lies with you. Each home is unique! Tile and grout colors are a subtle-but-effective way to express yourself.

What color grout to use with gray tile

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