Tile Two Ways: Your Biggest Renovation Decision

Sometimes it’s the least thought about details that will make or break a space.

Artwork by Theresa Shanoff

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.


Choosing a complementary grout gives your space a clean, streamlined look that lets the tile shine.  

Tile Two Ways: Your Biggest Renovation Decision


A grout that stands out draws attention to the overall pattern that the tile creates.

Tile Two Ways: Your Biggest Renovation Decision