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How to Choose the Best Grout Color

Sep 8, 2014 2 min read

Tile is still the reigning real estate mogul when it comes to bathroom remodeling. With walk-in showers gaining in popularity, tiled shower walls are one the most desired home remodeling features. To ensure that your next tile project has the wow-factor you want, consider these methods when it comes to selecting a grout color.

Neutral colors such as off-white, gray and beige are great for re-sale. Warm-colored tiles work well with various shades of off-white and gray colored grout. Cooler grout colors, such as softer greens and blues compliment cooler-colored tiles.

Harmonizing your grout color is a good technique if you would like to emphasize tile instead of the overall design. This technique involves choosing a grout that is a shade or two lighter or darker than the tile.

Contrasting grout and tile color (such as black grout with white tile) is a good choice if you are looking to make a pattern stand out. Dark grout is dramatic and has the advantage of not showing dirt. If you are considering a dramatic grout color, install a few tiles on a board and apply grout. Leave it up for a few days in the space you are going to tile. Make sure you see the sample board in different lighting such as natural, florescent and incandescent. Also, see how the grout looks with other elements in your overall design.

Cement grout that has not been sealed can be stained or painted after it cures. This is a time consuming and tedious procedure, but can be done if you are un-happy with your grout color. Sealed and epoxy grouts are not able to be stained or painted and would need to be removed.

Be sure to discuss the pros and cons of your grout color selection with your designer or contractor before your next remodeling project.

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