Boring No More: 18 Ways Colorful Grout Spices Up Dull White Tile

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    Colorful Grout Makes Builder Grade Tile Standout

    Orange Grout white tile

    There's no doubt that ceramic tile is a practical material that stands up to dirt and moisture. The problem is, the affordable builder grade stuff isn't very exciting. So, how can you make tiles like these Instagram-worthy? Two words: Colorful grout. It's a cheap and stylish idea that adds personality to a boring tile backsplash or floor.


    We found 18 vibrant examples that share what you need to know about bold grout colors.


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    Tip: Glitter Grout is a Thing

    subway tile blue sparkle grout

    Looking to add a little bling to your next tiling project? Mommy blogger, Albion Gould gave her subway tile backsplash some serious sparkle using glitter grout — yep, it's a thing.


    Stainmaster Glamour Grout provided the glitz. It's available in 12 eye-popping shades and three different glitter finishes. 


    Gould chose sapphire blue as her base color and for extra glitz went with a gold shimmer finish. She loves how the sparkly grout makes her new backsplash stand out. Here's her dazzlingly...MORE tutorial.


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    Idea: Sprinkle More Glitter

    Blue Grout Black Tile
    Staffordshiresilicones.com

    We just had to share how glitter grout can glamorize black and gray tile like this hexagon mosaic.


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    Tip: How to Paint Your Grout

    how-to-paint-grout
    Effortless Style Interiors

    Camila from Effortless Style Interiors gave her dated fireplace hearth a 21 Century makeover using white tile. Afterward, she spiced up the Moroccan-inspired mosaic with a few licks of colorful sealer called Grout Shield.


    When applied, the product creates a barrier that makes grout both stain and mold resistant. One eight-ounce bottle, which covers up to 250 square feet costs $20. Even better, the sealer can be customized to match any paint chip or grout color from a leading manufacturer. Camila...MORE chose "electric orange" a vibrant shade by Benjamin Moore. 


    You'll see the finished project on the next page.


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    Idea: Orange Grout is Pinterest Pretty

    Orange Grout Fireplace Tile

    The orange grout gave this hearth a colorful pop of personality. Here are more photos of Camila's project.


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    Tip: Way Cheaper Than Subway Tile

    colorful grout entryway
    TEKLA EVELINA SEVERIN

    In many stylish Scandinavian homes, square builder grade tile is a decor staple that's not just for bathrooms and kitchens. The entryway in this Swedish apartment combines red grout with ceramic tile to achieve an attention-getting entrance that's a snap to keep clean.


    Here in the states, you'll find square tiles like these in a variety of colors at most home improvement stores for less than two bucks per square foot.


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    Idea: How to Refresh a Classic

    Turquoise Grout White Subway Tile
    British Ceramic Tile

    White subway tile is a timeless classic. However, that doesn't mean you can't perk it up with a bright grout color like turquoise. It's an unexpected shade that will refresh this home decorating staple. 


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    Tip: Can't Commit to an Eye-Popping Color?

    bold neutral grout color
    via Home Depot Blog

    If bright, intense colors leave you feeling chromophobic, consider using grout in a bold, neutral shade. To make this trick work, pick an energizing hue that adds dramatic contrast. Say, saddle brown grout with black tile.


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    Idea: Go for Gold

    colorful grout in traditional kitchen

    How do you take a white backsplash to the next level? Interior designer, Daniela Johnston used gold grout to add a pinch of glam to this traditional kitchen. You can view more photos of this Austin, Texas home.


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    Tip: Freshen Grout Using House Paint

    Yellow Grout Paint Bathroom Floor

    Carmel From Our Sixth House (formerly known as Our Fifth House) spruced up an old, tile floor in her basement bathroom using yellow house paint.


    To do, apply a thin coat of paint on each grout line. Use a rag to wipe away any excess or drips. As the paint dries, it will soak into the grout.


    FYI, if you're looking to makeover a high traffic floor or shower backsplash, use this stuff instead.


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    Idea: Cheap and Stylish

    builder-grade-tile-red-grout
    MA House / PYO Architects. Imagen Subliminal

    What do you get when you pair cheap wall tile with an electrifying grout color? In this instance, a clean, bright and stylish bathroom.


    See how colorful grout combined with builder grade tile renewed other rooms in this modern Madrid apartment.


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    Tip: Colorful Grout Recipe

    Blue-Grout-White-Tile
    HumboldtArtDept

    Hey, penny pincher! 


    You can make colorful grout for cheap. Becky from Flipping the Flip shares her recipe. 


    While mixing up a 2.5-pound box of unsanded grout, she stirred in an eight-ounce bottle of acrylic paint. You can use any color you want. She picked periwinkle blue. If you're trying to achieve a dark shade you may need extra paint.


    The grout mix and paint both cost around $3.00, bringing this project's total to six bucks.  Here's Becky's tutorial.


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    Idea: Cheerful Shower Stall

    green grout in bathroom

    Lime green grout gives this shower backsplash a lemon fresh appearance. 


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    Tip: Create Harmony With Color

    Modwalls rainbow tile
    Modwalls

    How do you select the best grout color for a multihued tiling project? You can't go wrong with a soft, harmonious shade. For example, the baby blue grout used here creates a lovely backdrop for the colorful penny round mosaic.


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    Idea: Yellow Forever

    Yellow is one of those room brightening colors that often gets overlooked. The sunshiny tile and grout shared here create a welcoming bathroom.


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    Tip: Lay it on Thick

    thick grout color
    Photos via Sarahakwisombe.com

    If that dull, white tile floor or wall in your home bores you to tears, here's how you can give it a bold urban look.


    Lay on a thick coat of grout paint. Is the tile cracked? Fill it with grout in a daring shade like navy blue or shimmery gold. Whichever color you choose, it will make builder grade tile feel edgy and modern.


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    Idea: Chic and Unique

    mustard grout bathroom
    Jamie’s Italian

    Think bright colored grout looks childish? The mustard shade shown in this retro-inspired bathroom packs a crisp and elegant touch.


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    Tip: Refresh Earthy Tile

    Blue grout natural stone
    adesignerathome.com

    Tile in earthy shades can also feel meh after a while. When that's the case, an unexpected pop of color will give a natural or faux stone floor great pizzazz. We love how the turquoise grout punctuates this Tuscan-inspired mosaic.


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    Idea: Silver Adds Beauty

    Silver Grout
    Modwalls

    Silver grout may seem subtle but it's a cool shade that makes uniquely shaped white tile sing, like this unique ceramic tile found at Modwalls.