Shout about your grout!
Shout about your grout!
You spend days agonising over the style and colour of wall tiles, yet choosing the grout is a mere afterthought. But you should give it more consideration because grout plays a key role in turning your tiling creation into a masterpiece.
The colour you choose could be the making of your tiled wall. It will determine whether your eye is drawn to the individual tiles or to the overall pattern. By matching the grout and tile colour, the grout lines become indistinct and the tiles all blend together to create a uniform feature where the individual tiles disappear to give way for one complete picture of beautiful tiling. The closer the colors of grout and tile, the more uniform and textured the installation will look. Consider, for example a grey metro tile and matching grey grout for a beautifully uniform, but textured surface.
If you want to highlight the beauty of the individual tiles, pick a shade of grout that contrasts. By contrasting the tile and grout colours, you draw attention to the overall pattern and layout of the tiles. The placement of the individual tile is more visible,creating a striking, patterned look; the grout acting as a kind of frame for each individual tile.
The greater the difference in between grout and tile colour, the more visible the pattern will be. So, contrasting tile and grout may be the best choice with detailed geometric or decorative layouts.
Think of white Metro tiles with dark grey grout with its classic industrial look. This creates a strong design statement, but you needn’t limit yourself to grey. In fact, any colour you choose will go well with white tiles to warm up an otherwise sterile looking space and you can continue the same colour around the room for a coordinated feel. Alternatively, choose beautiful coloured tiles and strongly contrast with grout from the other side of the colour spectrum for a bold look that draws attention. Or, bold coloured tiles can be softened with a complementing darker colour to tone down the overall look.
If you’re looking to consider a grout colour for its practicality, remember that light neutral-coloured grouts in greys, beiges and browns is a safe bet in bathrooms that are likely to get grubby over time. The lighter the grout the more regular maintenance it will need. Darker grouts on the other hand, may hide dirt and stains but are also more prone to fading and staining from harsh cleaners.
Grout is not just for filling in the spaces, it does the hard job of framing the tiles and allowing them to shine, so give your grout the appreciation it deserves and choose wisely.