Grout is a thin, low-viscosity substance that acts as a filler between tiles. It’s crucial for the strength—and aesthetics—of your walls or flooring. But many people find it difficult to choose the right color for their tile grout! Here are some tips to help make the choice easier.
White Grout is Best for a Modern Look
A white or near-white grout on white tiles provides an attractive, modern look. The lines between the tiles all but disappear, taking the focus away from each individual tile and creating a more seamless look. This is especially suitable for places where you want the tiles to blend into the background rather than being a focal point. Try it out in a small space, like a bathroom, for added impact.
Many homeowners are hesitant to choose white grout because of the risk of stains. However, proper maintenance and cleaning will help retain the aesthetic, clean look. Always chat with our team before using any intense cleaners, as some products may damage the grout or tile.
Dark Grout Creates a Striking Appearance
Greys are all the rage lately, and for good reason! Soft shades of grey are an excellent choice for highlighting the silhouette of tiles with unique shapes. It’s also an excellent choice for accentuating the unique aesthetics of the design without drawing unnecessary attention. Remember, the darker the color, the more conspicuous the tile will be.
Dark grout also provides a sharp contrast to white tile. This can energize a space and make it feel more lively.
Don’t Forget About Cool or Warm Undertones
Before you make any renovation decisions, first evaluate the colors in the room. Is the space mainly in warm or soft undertones?
Generally speaking, cool undertones like grey should be paired with cool grout. Conversely, warm undertones—such as rose gold—work better with other warm colors.
What About Marble Tiles?
Marble is a natural stone, which often makes it hard to imitate. Depending on the veining, it can be challenging to find a suitable grout color. Shades of grey are a popular choice, especially for our travertine tiles. Generally, we suggest choosing a color similar to the marble in order to minimize any inconsistencies within the stone.
Marble tiles require additional care. Sand can scratch the surface, so choose an un-sanded grout. The stone is also porous, which means highly-pigmented grout may stain. While we’re at it, keep in mind that marble stone does not play well with most cleansers (such as bleach)—but we think the beauty of this natural stone far outweighs the need for extra care!
Should You Seal the Grout?
The answer is: it depends! We recommend sealing grout in high-moisture areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Before applying the sealant, be sure to let the grout dry for at least 24 hours.
No matter what you choose, we’re confident you’ll love the results. Tile offers a durable-yet-beautiful way to decorate your home. At Alita Tile, we’re passionate about providing home and business owners with the tile and grout they need to create stunning works of art. Visit our showroom today, or give us a call to learn more. Nobody treats yah like Alita!