Design

/ Backsplashes

How do you select grout? Do you like grout with color? Do you try to match it to tile?

Light Tile Grout
Photo Courtesy of Kohler

This backsplash uses a very light grout that doesn't detract from the tiles.

Lisa Elkins, Architect: The epoxy grouts are best when using glass tiles. We generally go with a similar color to the tiles, so you don't get really dark pattern lines in there.

 

Anna Marie Fanelli, Showroom Owner: I do not like grout lines so I try to match the grout as close to the tile as possible. I use monochromatic grout colors-no wild colors for me. The tile should talk, not the grout lines.

 

Lori Kirk-Rolley, Tile Industry Professional: I prefer that the beauty of the tile shine through, instead of being visually "broken up" by grout joints. I suggest that the homeowner selects grout that matches with the tile. Especially when using smaller tiles.

Verdict: The experts advise using grout that doesn't distract from the tile. So they generally prefer a grout color that is similar to the backsplash tiles.