White Subway Tile with Black Grout: A Timeless and Stylish Combination

subway tile with black grout
Our Butler’s Pantry

Over the years, white subway tile has been a popular material when it comes to home interior design. And it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. It’s a very versatile tile with its rectangular shape, which makes it easy to incorporate into a lot of different design styles. But in this article, I’m going to be talking specifically about white subway tile with black grout. So let’s take a look at why this combo is so popular.

A Versatile Look

White subway tile with black grout is a striking look that creates a good amount of depth and interest. This combination creates a ton of visual appeal, especially in modern and minimalist spaces. I love how dark grout on the white tile creates a clean line aesthetic look. 

Although contemporary designs are perfect for incorporating this look, subway tile with black grout is not limited to this style only. It’s a timeless look that can be used in different designs, from traditional to farmhouse and everything in between. In fact, we have used it in about every home and remodel we have completed. In our current home, we used this combination in our pantry. 

But if you plan on using white subway tile with black grout, It’s a good idea to incorporate other design elements to complement it. We included brass fixtures, wood elements, and other pops of color to bring the design together in our pantry.

Where to Use White Subway Tile With Black Grout

Kitchen & Pantry

Two of the best places to use this combination are the kitchen and pantry. With the kitchen being the heart of the home, this design element adds a touch of modernity and sophistication. Subway tile can be used as a backsplash on a wall behind the sink or range. Or it can even be used on all the walls to give the space more of a cafe vibe. 

In our current home, as I mentioned before, we have a butler’s pantry that features a white subway tile backsplash with black grout. I love the way it looks and the way it ties the space together. The white subway tile provides a clean and crisp backdrop for the rest of the room, while the black grout adds a bit of drama and contrast. It’s a simple yet effective design choice that I am so happy with!


Another great place to use it is in a bathroom. The contrast between the tile and the grout creates an illusion of more space, so this design is very popular in smaller bathroom spaces. It is also very popular on shower walls which we have used in several homes as well. Using black grout is a great idea because it doesn’t show stains and grime compared to lighter grout colors which is bad for showing dirt and stains. This makes cleaning so much easier. 

Although white subway tile with black grout is very popular within a kitchen and bathroom, it isn’t limited to these rooms or spaces. It can also be used in areas such as laundry rooms or mudrooms. I think it is important to consider what overall design of the room and, of course, how the room will be used. 


As if being timeless and stylish isn’t enough reason to use this tile and grout combination, affordability is another great reason to consider it. Basic white subway tile is one of the cheapest tiles on the market and can be purchased at your local Lowes or Home Depot. This makes projects much more cost-efficient, easier, and convenient if you come up short on your material estimate.

Final Thoughts

As you have noticed, white subway tile with black grout is one of our go-to design elements when we do a kitchen or bathroom project. It’s stylish, timeless, and everyone seems to love the look. Whether used in a modern kitchen or a traditional bathroom, this combination adds depth and interest. So if you’re looking to add a touch of sophistication and elegance to your home, consider incorporating white subway tile with black grout into your design.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Kristen

    What are the interior white wall + black cabinets + door in kitchen?

    December 27, 2022 at 6:53 pm
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