How to Choose the Color of Your Tile Grout

How to Choose the Color of Your Tile Grout

Choosing the perfect tile for your space is always so much fun, as well as creating a layout that looks amazing! The final step in any tile job is the grout. You don’t want to ignore this step and botch the finished results, so how do you go about choosing a grout that will pull the look of the whole space together? Read on to find out.

Location, Location, Location

How to Choose the Color of Your Tile Grout

The first step in selecting the right grout is to consider where the tile is located. For wall tile, like a backsplash or the wall of a shower, you may want something different than you’d select for a floor tile. Generally, you will see more of the grout used in a wall application, because you view it directly, rather than at an angle. Grout lines for a floor tile are viewed as you look across the space, at more at an angle, so the actual grout color isn’t as noticeable. To keep things visually appealing, in larger areas stick with a grout that doesn’t contrast too much with the tiles you’ve chosen.In addition, consider cleaning. If you choose a light grout for a floor tile, be prepared to maintain the grout with regular cleaning and periodic resealing to keep it from looking dingy. Foot traffic will definitely affect the condition of your grout, so choose thoughtfully.

Complexity

How to Choose the Color of Your Tile Grout

If you have chosen a mosaic type tile with a lot of little pieces, your grout choice can either enhance the design, or tone it down considerably. Since this type of tile can be pricey by comparison, make sure that you get the most bang for your buck. Choose a grout that contrasts with the tiles so the design will be enhanced, rather than lost.

Your Decor

Not that you want to choose a grout color based on a sofa that will be gone long before the tile, but don’t ignore the rest of your decor. Select a grout that compliments the tile and the general color scheme in your home to create a cohesive feel to the space. When in doubt, ask a professional for sample grout swatches so you can view the colors in your home before deciding.

Tile Joints

How to Choose the Color of Your Tile Grout

The thickness of the joints, or spaces between the tiles, is worth considering when choosing a grout color. If you have tiles that are very close together, you will see much less of the grout and vice versa. Choose a color based on the look you want. Grout that is closer in color to the tile will create a more uniform, almost minimalistic, look. Creating contrast between the color of your tile and grout color will emphasize the individual tiles.

Type of Tile

Certain tiles, such as glass and delicate stones such as marble, require grout that is unsanded, meaning it does not have any sand added and so won’t scratch the surface of the tiles when applied. Generally, unsanded grout is good for joints that are ⅛” inch or less. Other tiles that aren’t as delicate can tolerate sanded grout, since the surfaces don’t tend to scratch. Sanded grout is preferred for joints that are wider than ⅛.”

Whether your tile dreams are just beginning or are in full effect, the experts at Homespun Furniture are ready to help. Stop by for advice about tile, grout types and colors, and installation help or guidance. You’ll have a fantastic tile job- complete with the perfect grout- in less time than you think.