Light to Dark

Sunday, November 15, 2009 | Category: Designers, Kitchens, Magazines

Choosing a grout color for the subway tile in your kitchen, is definitely something you want to take the time to consider.  Do you want white grout to create more of a seamless effect or light/dark gray grout for added contrast? I am partial to a little contrast myself!


(White on white- Decorno)


{Gray on white- Absolutely Beautiful Things}

But how often do you see black-grouted subway tile?  Yesterday I came across this New York City kitchen (below) that was designed by Miles Redd and  all I could think was wowza!  The black grout is such a statement maker!



The black gives you that extra bit of graphic punch in the kitchen and coordinates wonderfully with the black honed marble countertops.

And if that wasn’t enough to make your head spin, how about those black glossy cabinets in the butler’s pantry? Gorge!


It’s amazing how different the black-grouted kitchen looks compared to the gray-grouted kitchen.  Which grout color suits your fancy?

For more fabulous photos of this apartment, that was featured on the cover of the December Elle Decor, click here.

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9 Comments to 'Light to Dark'

maison21 15 Nov 09 at 2:30 pm

depends on the room, of course, but i always try to use at least a light gray because white ends up that color anyway…

down pillow 15 Nov 09 at 7:54 pm

I’m liking the contrast, too. I really love that second pic – the mismatched mirrors are so charming 🙂

Emily 16 Nov 09 at 9:03 am

Love the black grout.

Merri Cvetan, The Design Coach 16 Nov 09 at 10:38 am

Choosing a grout color is really important when the tile is on the floor. White grout may look great until someone walks on it, spills on or worse (think bathroom). Choose a colored grout for the floor and you won’t be sorry. Choose white and you will live to regret it!

Rebecca 16 Nov 09 at 4:08 pm

I prefer the white grout in general – especially in the applications above, but also agree with Merri – white grout on the floor is a headache.

Julie Dexter-GoldLeafCustomWalls 16 Nov 09 at 6:31 pm

Well, I believe I like the black! Hah, yes, the mismatched mirrors- very funny. Amazing how Decorators can get away with anything…woops did I say that?!

Dallas decorum 18 Nov 09 at 12:13 am

Love the black grout and the lacquered black cabinets! I would do these in an edgy neoclassic space vs. Your run of the mill traditional kitchens…

Signature Style 20 Nov 09 at 6:21 pm

I love the black contrast and really like the black cabinets!

Nancy 20 Nov 09 at 6:34 pm

I love the black cabinets and black grout.

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