In this kitchen, Mizell selected platinum grout that was only slightly darker than the marble tile for a quiet finish.Photo: Jason Varney/Courtesy of Ashli MizellPin this imageFacebook Share this image
There’s no denying the importance of grout color in a kitchen or bath. “The selection of grout can truly define the character of a space based on the amount of contrast and rhythm that is introduced. The job of grout is to bring out the best in the tile or stone that it surrounds,” says Philadelphia-based interior designer Ashli Mizell. But there is one detail you may have overlooked: the spacing between the tiles. In other words, how thick the lines of grout are. “Regardless of color, keep the joints as tight as possible for a cleaner, more tailored look,” explains Mizell. “In some cases, the best result is no grout at all!”
When she does choose a grout color, Mizell takes a simple approach: “I typically prefer a grout color that represents a shade of color found within the tile or stone, and that provides a subtle contrast for definition,” she says. “I generally avoid pure white and absolute black, as these are often too harsh and can overshadow the natural material. However, once you have considered all of the elements in play, don’t be afraid to be bold!”
According to Mizell, your color options are almost endless. Along with black and white, there are lighter neutrals, grays, and browns, and even shades of green, red, and blue grout to choose from. Of course, don’t forget to consider function, too. “Bright whites are certainly harder to maintain than medium or darker shades,” notes Mizell. Thankfully, with her advice, you really can’t go wrong.