We’re not saying to say sayonara to white grout on white subway tile, but we are saying have an open mind. Colourful or high-contrast grout injects a playful or dramatic feel to any space, as seen in these convention-defying rooms.
Hip to Be Square
Pink, black and white are classic mates, so it’s no surprise the palette works so well in Australian designer Dan Gayfer’s hands. The retro vibe and reprieve from subway tile is also a nice touch in the architecturally striking High House you can read more about here. Note the simple black hardware that doesn’t detract from the gorgeous grid of tiles.
Loo With a View (of Stunning Tiles)
Designer Dan Gayfer continues the square theme in the home’s sharp bathroom where black grout enlivens blue tile. Gayfer used a similar tile style on the balcony, too. Check it out here.
Do the Wave
A mosaic of Moroccan fish scales add wavy charm in this bathroom that defies convention – yes, you can mix subway tile with a different-shaped tile. These beautiful handcrafted, artisanal numbers are by Minneapolis-based Mercury Mosaics. The white grout provides lovely definition against the green. Wanna see what they did with similar fish scales in a kitchen? Flip to the next slide.
Classic Colours — with Crescent-Moon Attitude
Less subtle than the bathroom we just saw this backsplash still makes a statement nonetheless thanks to the grey and white match-up. Check out more stellar crescent tiles here.
Shove Aside, White Subway Tile
A variegated backsplash from Mercury Mosaics creates an inviting focal point against simple white cabinetry in this lovely ocean-inspired kitchen by Philadelphia-based Michelle Gage. Pro Tip: If your cabinets are boring – get sassy with the tiles.
Tile Plays a Starring Role
Sure, the backdrop is architecturally arresting but that tile takes it over the top. Blanketing the walls, the island and the floors, this Brooklyn brownstone is an ode to the power of the mighty tile.
In the Black
Play with pattern in the bathroom by not installing tiles in go-to brick. And add dark grout for emphasis.
A Bright Idea
Crayola-bright teal grout and orange stools make up this inviting island by British Ceramic Tile. Now here’s a simple way to wake up smiling for breakfast.
Draw Attention Using Grout
A Green Scene
Such a nice departure from white-on-white subway tile, don’t you think? This backsplash is fresh and spring-y and you can have lots of fun with coordinating kitchen accessories, like this apple green tin seen here.