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
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 tutorial.Continue to 2 of 18 below.
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Idea: Sprinkle More Glitter
We just had to share how glitter grout can glamorize black and gray tile like this hexagon mosaic.Continue to 3 of 18 below.
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Tip: How to Paint Your Grout
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 chose "electric orange" a vibrant shade by Benjamin Moore.
You'll see the finished project on the next page.Continue to 4 of 18 below.
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Idea: Orange Grout is Pinterest Pretty
The orange grout gave this hearth a colorful pop of personality. Here are more photos of Camila's project.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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Tip: Way Cheaper Than Subway Tile
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.Continue to 6 of 18 below.
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Idea: How to Refresh a Classic
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.Continue to 7 of 18 below.
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Tip: Can't Commit to an Eye-Popping Color?
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.Continue to 8 of 18 below.
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Idea: Go for Gold
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.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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Tip: Freshen Grout Using House Paint
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.Continue to 10 of 18 below.
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Idea: Cheap and Stylish
What do you get when you pair cheap wall tile with an electrifying grout color? In this instance, a clean, bright and stylish bathroom.Continue to 11 of 18 below.
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Tip: Colorful Grout Recipe
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.Continue to 12 of 18 below.
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Idea: Cheerful Shower Stall
Lime green grout gives this shower backsplash a lemon fresh appearance.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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Tip: Create Harmony With Color
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.Continue to 14 of 18 below.
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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.Continue to 15 of 18 below.
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Tip: Lay it on Thick
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.Continue to 16 of 18 below.
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Idea: Chic and Unique
Think bright colored grout looks childish? The mustard shade shown in this retro-inspired bathroom packs a crisp and elegant touch.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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Tip: Refresh Earthy Tile
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.Continue to 18 of 18 below.
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Idea: Silver Adds Beauty
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.