Grout Grout Grout

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Design and Decorating

You’ve picked out your tile; you know the exact name of the paint color on your walls, your beautiful draperies are on order. But then… is the question you didn’t anticipate – what color grout do you want in between those gorgeous ceramic tiles?

There are definitely two schools of thought when it comes to grout color. When choosing the color you can select one that blends in with the overall color of the tile to minimize the appearance of the grout, or you can select a grout color that is lighter or darker than the tile. It is also common to see grout variations when comparing the grout color in a tile floor and the same grout color on the tile countertop or wall. If the tile is installed in a high traffic area then you may want to select a darker grout.

WAIT – Stop for a second and take in that bit of information.

I repeat – If the tile is installed in a high traffic area then you may want to select a darker grout. Many, many homeowners are kicking themselves after installing a light colored grout in a busy traffic area of their homes.

is typically mixed on site, but slight color variations can occur. Grout can also vary from the manufacturer’s sample you saw in the store, but not by much. This can be attributed to variations in temperature and humidity at the time of grouting and it’s just a fact of life. Sorry.

Once the tile has been laid and grouted, it is your responsibility to maintain all caulked areas to guard against water damage. Grout may also darken over time in areas with heavy water use. But more on grout maintenance later.

The first thing to do is to make the right decision about the color of grout that will work best in your home today. Our experts are on hand waiting to help you make that decision. It doesn’t have to be hard. We’re very skilled at grout.

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