Once upon a time, grout came in but a few shades: white, cream if you were lucky, dark grey, and sometimes a mid-toned grey. Times have changed, and these days there are a rainbow of colors to choose from so you can rely on your grout, rather than expensive tiles, to create a unique look.
In Gemma and Duncan's apartment, above, dark grey grout and white tiles look sharp in the kitchen. We've all grown used to this high-contrast look over the past few years as one that's minimal and practical; aside from anything else, white grout is a nightmare to keep clean.
This is a great gateway look to the colored encaustic Moroccan tiles that are so popular right now: choose a white tile with an interesting shape and highlight it with a colored grout, as in this Sabrina Soto-designed kitchen.
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Colorful grout looks fantastic with basic subway tiles, too, as in this fun white-and-blue kitchen wall.
The look also works surprisingly well over larger spaces, as in this open, enviable master bathroom.
Colored grout and tile is a step further, but the look works well in a single area of this luxury loft apartment in Soho.
Hows this for glam? In the Anahi restaurant in Paris, old chipped tiles were patched with metallic gold grout for a luxe, faded grandeur.
How do you feel about colored and contrasting grout? Would you do it in your home, or is this look just a flash in the pan?