Love White Tile, Hate Boredom? Surprise Yourself with Colorful Grout.

published Jun 24, 2015
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The tile backsplash (subway or other) has become a nearly ubiquitous feature in contemporary kitchen design. And while we still love the look of white tile with white or gray grout, sometimes we love the look of something slightly more adventurous.

Case in point: white tile with brightly colored grout. We love this look. And although it might not be right for every kitchen, it’s a fast and lovely way to add a pop of color to your space. Take a look at a few examples to see how it might work in your home.

You don’t have to focus just on the backsplash for your colorful grout. This homeowner chose to use a bright teal grout on the base of her kitchen counter. It is the perfect complement to the cheerful orange stools, and is an easy place to test out a bold color without overwhelming the space.

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The orange grout and white lantern tile combo is another perfect example of what makes this look so fun. It creates an almost wallpaper-esque look on the backsplash, but doesn’t overwhelm the space. We especially like the advice to space the tiles a bit farther apart than normal. That way more of the colorful grout shows through.

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Green might be one of our favorite choices for colorful grout, especially shades of grass, kelly, or hunter green. The color is bold enough to really show off the contrast, while still being subtle enough that it won’t overpower the decor like orange or yellow can.

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Okay, this one is technically in a bathroom, but looking at the sink you get the general idea. The trick with yellow is to make sure you choose a bright, sunshine hue. If you choose a yellow that is darker or borders on brown, you run the risk of your tile just looking dirty.

What do you think? Would you try this in your kitchen?