To grout or not to grout? That is the question

Does anyone remember the horrible job of cleaning the grout lines on the kitchen counter?  Scraping all that gunk out with a knife, bleaching and scrubbing, only to have it become discolored no matter how hard you tried to keep it clean?  Well, fortunately, gone are the days when your only option when it came to installation was a width of colorless grout that was a major pain in the @#$ to keep clean.  Today there are so many options when it comes to installing tile in any room in your home including the kitchen, bathrooms and on the floor.  For example:

You can elect to have the grout match the color of the tile for a clean and contemporary look as shown in the photo below.

Or you can choose a contrasting color for your grout that creates a more vintage and rustic look to a backsplash as seen in the homey kitchen in this photo.

Tiles are often more affordable than a slab so when installing natural stone tiles such as granite or marble you may want to have a no grout or very thin grout line to allow the pattern of the  natural stone to flow.

Or step out of your comfort zone and have a little fun with colored grout that will enhance your design like the terra cotta colored grout that gives this modern kitchen a south of the border flair

or this colored grout chosen to coordinate with the accent tile used in the shower.  So fun!

What is your design preference—to grout or not to grout?

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