How to Select Grout Color

So now that you’ve picked out your tile, what grout color should you choose? Like picking out tile, there are many different types of grout to choose from. Choosing a specific grout color could change the overall color appearance of the mosaics and the way that your entire project looks! There are usually three approaches to selecting grout colors that are used: blending, contrasting, and accenting.


Blending is the most common approach and what we recommend for most projects. This involves choosing the grout color that matches with the color in your tile. For example, you can blend by using white grout with our White Mother of Pearl tiles. Similarly, if you’re looking to blend grout with our Natural Varied Mother of Pearl tiles, we recommend picking up on the beige and white undertones in the tile, so using a beige or white grout would blend perfectly.

White Mother of Shower Floor Installation | Tile Circle


Contrasting your grout can be a bold but beautiful choice. When you choose a color that contrasts with the tile, your eyes are forced to look at the grout lines, therefore all of the little mosaics pop out. As shown below, you could choose a darker grey grout with our Mother of Pearl Tiles to contrast the grout with the tile. As you will see each individual mosaic pops out at you more than if you blend the grout.

Contrasting Grout Color on Mother of Pearl Backsplash


Another possible grouting option is to choose a color that is an accent to the tile. Accent grout colors are used to compliment an accent color in your design scheme. For example, if your walls are grey, you might choose a grey grout to bring out the accent color in your room. Keep in mind though that if you change any of your accent pieces in the room, you may have to change your grout color.

Cream Mother of Pearl Backsplash with Antique White Grout

Regardless of what method you choose, if you are installing our Mother of Pearl tiles, please be sure to use unsanded grout. Unsanded grout is for smaller grout joints and it will not scratch the polished pearl surface. In order to enhance the luster and shine in your Mother of Pearl tile installation, make sure that the grout haze is removed from the Mother of Pearl right after you finish grouting.