The Often Overlooked: Grout

So you’re doing a kitchen/bath remodel. You’ve thoughtfully selected the cabinets, hardware, countertop, and tile accents. You’ve covered everything, right? Oh but what about that stuff in between the tile? Granted not many people think long and hard about their grout color selection; that’s exactly why we’re writing this post. Grout is often an easy choice, just go with the one that blends best with the tile. It can be that easy, but it can also be so much more than that.

When choosing grout color, there’s many overlooked aspects that come into play. It can really make or break a space, so what are some questions you need to answer before installing? We have them right here to make sure you achieve the mood you’re looking for.

Is your pattern busy or simple?

If you’re looking to really enunciate the pattern of the tile, choosing a darker grout color will achieve this. By distinctly outlining the pattern, it’ll bring interest and carry the eye across the room. Going with a lighter color will tone down the impact of the tile and help it blend into the background of the room. If you’re looking to create a comfortable, peaceful space, this option would be the best to blend all the elements on what seems like a blank canvas.

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White grout assures this pattern doesn’t become overwhelming.

Is it in an area with heavy traffic?

Whether it’s going under your toes or above a countertop, if the tile is going to see a lot of action, it’s better to pick a mid-tone to dark grout. In bathrooms and rooms like the foyers with heavy traffic, dirt will be carried and fall into hard to clean crevices. Above sinks and ovens, this will hide stains from splashing grease. Unless you plan on cleaning it often, picking darker colors will save stress and help maintain the cleanliness of your home. If the area doesn’t need constant upkeep, feel free to choose a lighter grout.

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The black grout will hide years of dirt coming through the door

Is the space small or large?

Whether it is a small or big space can effect your choice, too. When dealing with a tighter space, say a half bath, lighter grout will maintain a more airy feel, with room to spare. If you’re looking for at a large room, like a kitchen/dining room, the color of the grout is not as big of a deal. Mid-tones often work well in spaces like this with their busy schedules and expansion, you don’t want the room to feel too busy.

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A clean contrast style complemented by black grout on white tile.

Have you thought about colored grout?

Colored grout is lesser known, but a valid choice depending on the mood you want the room to set. With new ideas being brought in every released collection, options vary from glittered grout to your favorite color. The benefits of picking one of these options is it adds personality to a space or adds color without being too obvious or overwhelming. Going out of your comfort zone in this manner is clever, for you can change the color of grout quite easily, it’ll eventually become one with the space.

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This neon yellow grout choice is very modern.

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Bathroom Revamp: 7 Ways To Visually Create More Space

Whether you live in a teeny tiny apartment or a huge house, there is a guarantee that you will have one small bathroom. Every time you go in you feel cramped, almost claustrophobic. We’re coming to your rescue to solve all your “small” problems! We have broken it down into 7 different ways to make the room expand luxuriously.

Decor Theme

White & Silver Bathroom

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     The first thing you notice when you walk into a bathroom is the theme or style of the room. Most people go for nautical or “Under the Sea” themed, but we suggest a different take. You want to make it feel clean, but bold. Use white as much as you can, because it gives a soft clean ambiance. Anything bold would go really well in the room as well, just keep it simple and forward.

Floating Vanity

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     A floating vanity is a smart way to add more space. Now, not only do you have countertop space, but you also have space underneath to store bathroom bins. Storage bins are marvelous and so convenient when it comes to hiding all the items you want to keep from getting cluttered on counter.

Glass Shower Doors

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   We know this next one is not the easiest to change, but keep it in mind when you’re building a home from the ground up…glass shower doors! Because they’re see through, they increase the amount of space that you can see when you first walk in creating the impression that there is more room to walk around.

Welcoming Light

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     The colors kind of go hand in hand with the style or theme of the bathroom, but just a reminder that whatever your theme is, use light colors. You want to use the colors that will reflect the lighting, whether it is artificial or natural, you want to bring about more light. Not only will it make your bathroom look larger, but it will also bring about positive energy and good vibes!

The Mirror

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     We always mention mirrors as being a huge help when trying to create more space. A mirror is a vital part of the bathroom, but you want to make sure that it is a large mirror if it is in a smaller bathroom. Not only will it be more fun when doing your makeup in the morning, but it will also bring about the illusion that there is so much more visible space. It is an awesome trick you can use in any room of the house, but it definitely comes in handy in this situation.

A Corner Sink

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     A corner sink shoves everything you need in one small space, but it has a clear, clean appeal added to the room. It also leaves no room for a cluttered mess on the counter, because it only has enough room on the counter for essential items.

Tile Wall Decor

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     Putting tile from the ground up the wall to reach the ceiling is our last but most impactful idea. By doing this, you will emphasize the verticality of the room giving the appearance of a higher ceiling making the room look luxuriously large.

Some of these ideas you will have to plan for before building the bathroom or during a renovation, but some include just a little decor switch-a-roo. You can use these tips to really create a stylish and beautiful (and functional) small bathroom!

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