White tile. White grout?

We love the crisp, clean  look of white tile but upon installation, you inevitably go through the process of choosing a grout color.

While grout choice is crucial in getting the final result you desire, white can even be more difficult. White tile with true white grout is beautifully contemporary and a gorgeous, monochromatic look, but it can be difficult to maintain while grout, even after it is sealed.  You'll inevitably end up with a light beige, and in many cases, a spotty light beige.  Sure, you can get out your bleach and scrub, but you also have options other than white on white in the first place.

Consider a tan or creme colored grout from the start. It can look more retro, but if this is what it will end up looking like anyway, beat it to the punch! It will make the space feel warmer, too.  Here is white tile (photographed under slightly different lighting conditions) with two different grout colors:

If you really want the crisp contemporary look, go to the extreme. Choose gray, charcoal, black or even navy grout.  These colors provide a great contrast and will emphasize the grid pattern of the white tiles.  Dark grout looks GREAT with white tiles!