This post is all about Subway Tile Grout colors for your next makeover.
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Subway Tile Grout Colors
If you have been following the blog you know I LOVE Subway Tile.
It is classic and timeless unlike my current kitchen situation.
We learned our lesson the hard way when we completed the Willow House renovation.
If I were a blogger back then boy would that have made for great content!
We started off with a tiny three-bedroom ranch (which I wish I had now) and renovated to a two-story house that is overwhelming to clean.
I’ll save that story for another post but for now lets discuss why we are here.
We have a new basement project coming up that will include a bathroom, kitchen, and framing of an apartment.
I will bring you along on that journey when the time comes but for now, we will discuss grout colors for the bathroom.
So I KNOW we are using white subway tile in the new bathroom.
Here is the rough floor plan of the bathroom.
This is the aerial view I created in Chief Architect which is an awesome design program.
Ignore that access door situation… that will be worked into the design.
We still have to source and select all the materials but I wanted to share the grout color options we are looking at.
The goal of this bathroom is to be timeless and not trendy.
Emily Henderson did a great post on this topic if you are interested in more kitchen and bathroom visuals.
It is a premix option that will assure your color stays consistent since you don’t have to measure and mix.
As you can see from the color chart there are many many colors to choose from.
The Mapei website even has a handy calculator to figure out how much grout you will need.
If possible borrow the stick samples of the grout colors instead of using the paper colors to make your choice.
It will give you a better visual and be a more accurate color example.
For the purpose of this project, we are considering white, gray, and black as options.
5 Best Grout Colors
This is what the premix Mapei Flexcolor CQ grout looks like.
Top 5 Subway Tile Grout Colors
Here are the colors we are loving for this project.
Mapei’s Whitest grout. A classic, affordable, and timeless look that pairs well with subway tile.
Using white grout will essentially blend in and highlight the tiles. It is the go-to for DIY home renovations and Starbucks locations.
Since white grout tends to get dirty over time this will not be the best choice for this project.
I do love how clean and fresh it looks when it’s first installed.
Light grey that pairs well with Carrara. This has a cooler (blue-ish) undertone.
I love the look of this grout and it is a top contender. Using a softer gray will help camouflage any dirt build up over time.
3. Warm Gray
The perfect neutral grout color that offers enough contrast to the lighter tiles. This has a warmer (yellow-ish) undertone.
This is the color that Young House Love said they use in 85% of their projects. I’m definitely leaning between this or the Frost gray.
A deep, dark grey. Looks great with darker colored tile for a seamless look. A perfect complement to grey tile.
Most likely NOT going this way because again we are looking to be timeless but I do think it’s a cool option.
You can use Mapei’s Black grout without any fear of staining even when paired with white subway tiles. If you want the look to be provocative this is for you.
I really love the contrast of black grout against white subway tile but again a bit too trendy for this project.
Black grout tends to make the space appear busier and less calming which we are NOT going for.
Keep in mind using a light grout color with white subway tile will create a seamless clean, and uniform look.
It will also make a smaller room appear visually larger.
Using a dark colored grout will contrast lighter tile, make a bold statement, and highlight your tile layout.
Grout spacing is also an important consideration. The installations above used 1/4” spacers. Typically, the wider you go, the more dramatic the look.
Many people still do not realize how far subway tiles have come.
In a previous post, I shared Subway tile options from TileBar that are Not Boring which was super popular on Pinterest.
Tilebar Subway Tile Options:
You can find many tile stores that carry their products.
If you are looking for an online resource here are a few of my favorites!
There are a variety of sizes and textures available that make these subway tile options interesting.
Now that we have the tile and grout color options we can start to plan out the bathroom design.
Be sure to check back on the progress.
Have an awesome night full of Unicorns and Rainbows!
Share your thoughts:
Let me know…
What is your go to grout color to pair with white subway tiles?
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PS I threw in that Black one to see if you were paying attention lol. ; )