When planning construction or working on renovations and extensions, the choice of tile plays an important role. The vast tile options and exotic designs and material mixes make it a very attractive option. Many homes and businesses appear as a tile display! While homeowners and builders often spend hours laboriously selecting different tiles for each room or section of the home or business, relatively little attention is paid to grout materials and colors.
A hasty minute is spent making a final decision on grout colors. They deserve further attention when considering the important role grouts play in the life of tiles. Tile maintenance also extends to the quality of the grout. In terms of appearance, grout can blend in or stand out in a refreshing way. Lighter grout shades would collect more visible dust and dirt and require more frequent cleaning.
The Mapei grout table for matching grout colors
Serene, traditional, natural, romance and glamor are the five approaches featured in the Mapei grout table. Browns and grays, yellow, purple, blue, and many shades are displayed for efficient color matching between tiles and grouts. If that seems complicated, visiting the tile design showroom would allow staff to help with the color scheme of the grout. The color and design consultant would help make the final decisions after pointing out the pros and cons. The software helps study the likely effects of grout colors versus tile colors and patterns after installation.
First, the tiles would be selected and then a grout color that matches properly. What you think? Compared to tile, would you go for lighter or darker grouts? Perhaps the grouts, if dark, would overshadow the tiles, while the reverse should be true. On the other hand, very light grouts pick up dirt easily. However, it is good to develop ideas about colors and how to combine them, effects and perception. Moods and feelings are created through the colors and patterns of the tiles, and also the colors of the grout.
Prepare for the DIY task with the right materials
Instead of expensive professional workers, the task of installing the grout could be done quite easily if you are interested in the right materials in place. You would need a regular sponge and a large sponge. Don’t forget about the grout float and the dry cloth. Also, a thin dowel, a clean bucket, and a grout saw. Organize the list of items in advance to avoid desperate search at the last minute.
Follow some additional tips to get the most out of your grout color scheme:
First of all, the color of the tile and the color of the grout must be matched. Rarely do we come across a grout color that outshines the tile through contrast. A similar shade of grout, as if the tile were red, so orange and scarlet could be the colors of the grout. A neutral shade of grout works well, fades and helps hide marks. If the tiles are white, avoid using a white grout as they did in the past. Today, a light gray grout would be better that hides imperfections and shows off the white tile for better effect.
Second, the secret to a sassy look is dark grout! Imagine installing dark grout around a subway white tile wall. The effect would be a bold, industrial retro look reminiscent of factories. The great advantage is, without a doubt, that a lot of dirt and stains are hidden from view. Kitchens and bathroom areas could use dark grout to a great advantage. In terms of contrasts, dark tiles that have white grouts around them also show similar images in contrast.
Third, the quality of the grout material is important. Just as it is with the quality of the tiles that can be decided by budget concerns, it is also the case with the quality of the grout. You both need to last a long time together. The finished pattern would depend on the quality of the tile and grout. Mapei Ultra Color Plus grout and matching silicone are the products available here. The Italian product Mapei grout with BioBlock technology takes good care of surfaces. Mold does not grow in humid environments. DropEffects technology prevents the ingress of water and Ultracolour Plus is very durable and does not get dirty easily. Uniform color and quick drying make Mapei grout the best choice for preparing floors and walls quickly.