When it comes to home renovations, picking out your tile is one of the sexier parts of the job. But grout, tile’s less talked about best friend, is actually just as big a player in achieving the look you’re going for, though it’s often an afterthought in the remodeling process. While there are a few things to consider when making your grout choice (namely, sanded vs. unsanded), it really comes down to just one: do you want your grout to match your tile or contrast it?
“A complementary grout will let your tile take the spotlight, while a converse color emphasizes the pattern or overall composition of the tile—both can work well, it’s really a matter of preference,” says Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Schwartz of design firm Cloth & Kind. Below, we break down your options with two mood boards that will help make your decision a little easier.