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Using dark grout

Choosing the right grout colour can make all the difference in your bathroom, so it’s worth taking the time to consider all the options if you’re designing a new bathroom.

Using a light coloured grout, particularly in conjunction with white tiles, can produce a bright, clean look. This does seem to be the most obvious choice when going “all white”. But the downfall is white grout can be very high maintenance. Even with consistent cleaning it is nearly impossible to protect it from staining and discoloration over time.

And if you’re all about easy maintenance, then dark grout may be for you.

Choosing a grout that is darker in colour helps conceal dirt and is less likely to stain or change colour. It can also be a feature and enhance the look of the bathroom.

Today I grabbed a few photos from around the web to inspire you…








If you’re not game enough to do an entire kitchen splashback then a feature wall in the shower would be great. Or even in the laundry. I also really like the small tiles on the floor with the dark grout – would be easy to hide the dirt.

What do you think about these?

Have a great day. ♥ KC.

All of the images are from Pinterest. I tried to source original links, but Pinterest makes it hard these days as it’s enormous! If one of these is yours, let me know and I’ll happily credit. 


  • El Warren

    Have just finished tiling bathrooms in new house this week with dark grout everywhere. It’s so practical on a farm. Using it on the kitchen splash back too. Really happy with it.

  • Jane Baier

    Just in the process of updating my kitchen and have decided on black grout with subway tiles, the only thing I can’t decide is to whether to have a black or white bench top, the cabinetry will be white. My thoughts are with the White and have black accessories. Not 100% sure!

  • Rachael

    Hi lovely Katrina, I just noticed one of my bathrooms on this blog! (It’s the last one with the hex tiles & round Kmart mirror.) if you could credit it, that would be tops ????Do you know where abouts you found it on Pinterest? Thanks! Rachael Turner

    • Katrina (author)

      Can do! Not sure now where I found it on Pinterest. Just in a search.

  • Ashlea | Glamour Coastal Living |

    I think dark grout is practical, especially in the kitchen. Nothing worse than trying to scrub spaghetti bowl sauce stains out of white grout!! x

  • Kate

    I am in LOVE with dark grout! 🙂

  • Louise

    I’m just about to retile my bathroom, so this post is great. If I’m being totally honest I prefer the look of light grout, but having battled white grout for years it’s time to let it go. I really like the look of the subway tiles with the shaped/bevel led edges, but I’m wondering if they would also be a pain to clean?

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