Wednesday, June 29, 2011

White Subway Tile- Check! Now, What Grout Color?

In the spring, I am excited that we will be sprucing up our master bathroom a bit! We are going to replace the counter, retile the shower, repaint the walls, and maybe replace the flooring. Good stuff- I cannot wait! We are definitely going with white subway tile in the shower, but the dilemma is the grout color! Do we go with a classic white, or switch it up and go with a dark gray/black grout? I love both looks! I recently saw on Million Dollar Decorators that one of the designers chose a dark grout for the shower he was renovating and said, the dark grout gives it a more masculine feel. That's fine with me, because I can always compliment that with some crystal accessories and shiny chrome, to glam it up for me! It could be a nice balance for us. Then again, I am drawn to the white grout, because of it's classic look. You can never go wrong with that timeless look. What's a girl to do? (My husband doesn't mind and left this detail up to me!) Now to ponder a bit more, we also plan to use the same white subway tile in our kitchen (down the road). Back to the same question again- white or dark gray/black grout? Here are some gorgeous kitchens and bathrooms that use either white or gray/black grout:








I would love to hear your opinion... I'm more confused than ever!

18 comments:

Rosemary West said...

I think the dark gray grout gives it a more aged look.

Jessie said...

For me, I would pick the dark gray. It gives off a nice contrast with the white tiles and it's more practical in the long run. Just the thought of grouting them every now and then when it looks dirty is such a chore! :)

Don't forget to tell us your final pick. Looking forward to see your bathroom project and progress. By the way, love all your inspirational images.

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Anna@MyDesignEthos said...

I agree that the dark grout is more practical. Personally, I think I prefer the white though; it's a little more seamless and subtle, whereas the black grout makes it more of a graphic statement.

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

My preference is for the light grout. What can I say? I'm a classic old school kind of girl :)

Kat said...

I'm facing the same dilemma! We're tiling our tub deck with subway and I was really torn. I think I'm going to go with the darker though. I have two boys and I'm sure it's going to get dirty quickly and I'd hate to have white grout looking dirty all the time, so I think dark is the way to go:) Here's a really good post about tiling with dark grout--it helped make up my mind when I read it.

http://kleypas.blogspot.com/2010/12/building-bathroom-shower.html

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

There used to be a lovely gray grout that my husband, who was in the tile biz. for years swore by - it was called Delorian Gray, it was soft and much more forgiving than white. Best of luck!

hollyG said...

I don't like much of a contrast so I would do the white grout, but I agree that the grey or black would be easier maintenance. Isn't it great when the husband leaves the decision to you? But it's stressful you almost want his feedback, right?! Keep us posted - very exciting updates.

SHERRY HART said...

I agree with Kim....a medium gray would be the perfect solution. Especially for a bath...no worries about dirty grout!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

White is too much scrubbing for my liking. I did white subway tiles in our last master bath and a light grey grout. It was perfect. I just did white tiles with dark grey tiles for a client and in the end it was scraped out and replaced with a lighter grey because they felt it was too stark. Can't wait to see what you choose.

Anne @ Hello Newmans said...

laughing that I am like a year late commenting on this post. haha. But I was searching online for grout colors for subway tiles and this post came up! ;) Anyway, what did yall end up doing? We are re-doing our grout in the kitchen right now and I am debating bt light gray or white. Ugh...so hard to decide!

Anonymous said...

I'm using white subway tile with either white or beige grout, which goes with the vanity top. Leaning toward the white. But for shower pan, using unglazed almond tiles and wondering if I should grout with white for a bit of contrast or beige for a darker tone than the almond?

Anonymous said...

We just finished our bathroom with bevelled subway tile with Silverado Gray grout. It looks great but was darker than we hoped. The alternative was white grout, which we have used in our kitchen. Both look great. We have been warned though that the white grout can look a little bit yellow next to white glossy tile

sam Daniel said...

I am thinking of white grout coloring in bathroom. But I have heard about that it may get yellow stains, So could you suggest me any alternate as I am willing to have bright color like white.

marufhosen said...

I’m sure you are very excited at the thought of sleeping in your new home tonight, as you should be! You’ve turned a vanilla box of a house into a beautiful home.
subway tile

Rajib Hossain said...

Very nice! Love the colors!
white marble tile

maruf hosen said...

I agree that the dark grout is more practical. Personally, I think I prefer the white though; it's a little more seamless and subtle, whereas the black grout makes it more of a graphic statement.
subway tile

Gadabout said...

We are doing the same thing now and the hotel where I recently stayed had white subway tile with white grout. BORING You might as well just paint the walls white and forget the tile. I'm going with a slate grey

Gadabout said...

We are doing the same thing now and the hotel where I recently stayed had white subway tile with white grout. BORING You might as well just paint the walls white and forget the tile. I'm going with a slate grey

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