The grout color choice is crucial when renewing your house. Starting from the color, if we are looking at the wide variety that the market has to offer, you could probably get lost for days, if not weeks.
The shade you choose will depend on the design you are following, and it is incredible how it can change the finished look of any room.
However, we do like to simplify it by dividing it into two categories: Blend and Contrast.
When to choose a blending color:
- If you want to create an overall texture on the wall
- If you want the environment to look more spacious
- If you want to create a very subtle effect
- If you want to create a traditional timeless effect
- If you want to create a contemporary look
When to choose a contrasting grout:
- If you want to show off the pattern of your tiles
- If you want to jazz up an environment (maybe using some bright colors)
- If you want to go for a more contemporary look
- If you want to add a very personal look to your room or match it to some other furniture piece in your room
If you are unsure about the grout that will best suit your needs, keep a few tiles with you and pop it to your store to get some help. Do not rely on paper samples but borrow some stick examples. They are more accurate to their color, and it’s a lot easier to place them right onto your tile and get a much better sense of what your final result will look like.
There is no right or wrong! It’s a personal choice that will get you one step closer to the house of your dreams.
The possibilities are endless!
Now that you have decided on the tiles and type of look you want to give to the rooms based on the color of the grout, let’s look at the different materials available.
Considering that putting grout can be time-consuming and quite expensive, you do want to find a solution that will keep you happy for an exceptionally long time.
Once again, we would like to simplify the choices, splitting them into three categories
Probably the most used grout all over the United States, for both commercial and residential use. As the word suggests, the main component is cement, therefore of a porous nature. With time this will lead your grout to absorb dirt, maybe get stained, or even grow mold as it is not a waterproof material. To keep staining to a minimum, you can apply a sealer on the grout every six months.
Cement grout, however, can be used with any tiles, regardless of the materials.
It is a little bit more expensive, but it is stronger and more durable.
Epoxy grout is made from two different resins, mixed with a filler, hence it will be resistant to stains, cracks, chemicals, harsh weather conditions, and climate changes. These characteristics make of epoxy grout, an excellent choice for both internal and external tiling jobs.
However, there are a few crucial points to consider:
*This type of grout will not be suitable for natural stones, or marble, and it is fast setting, so it is a must to read the instructions carefully before using it.
Most of the brands will suggest working only by a square meter at the time, and then wipe off the excess pretty much immediately. Although it might sound tricky at first, the final result will be stunning, and you will not have to worry about grout haze.
In the unlikely event that you need to clean some epoxy residues, we highly recommend CR10 (https://www.filasolutions.com/eng/products/full-range/cleaning-products/detergents/filacr10) a high viscosity liquid detergent for cleaning epoxy grout residues, stains and streaks from wall and floor surfaces.
Suppose you want to go the extra mile and do not waste your time thinking about how long your grout will stay put and perfect and what type of tiles you are using. In that case, we recommend you choose a premium grout.
- Premium grout is a blend of special types of cement, recycled aggregates, and chemicals that have many benefits:
- fast setting (walkable in four hours max)
- reduces surface absorption to help repel water, dirt, and grime
- no sealer required
- suitable for all types of tiles
- does not require sealing
Once again, it’s absolutely necessary to follow the producers ‘ instructions thoroughly before starting to work. Fast-setting means that you will not have to wait too long to walk on it, but on the other hand, you need to clean any spilling immediately.
Still unsure about what type and what color of grout to use?
Come by our store where our designers will help you solve all your doubts, and help you choose what is best for you and your home.