Color is one of the most important elements of any design job. The right color in the right place in just the right amount is all it takes to bring an entire room together. Color can be used as a focal point in any room or as a starting point for an entire theme. With such focus put on color, colored grouts are quickly becoming one of the best ways to enhance a room or an outdoor area. After decades of being an afterthought, grout is finally coming into its own and is getting its just due in the world of fashion.
Grout, whether it is the traditional and inferior cement variety or the more reliable epoxy variety, functions for setting tile in place, keeping it secure, and filling tile joints. It's going to be there anyway, so why not make the most of it by letting your grout perform double duty? The color of your grout can not only enhance and complement your tile colors, it can be a fantastic way to set off both traditional and non-traditional tile shapes and patterns. The only real limit to what you can do with a good quality grout is your imagination.
Modern designers and contractors know the power of grout as a design element. They take an entire room into consideration, including lighting, decorations, and furniture when selecting an appropriate grout color for a tile installation. Sometimes the tile installation is a subtle part of the entire room, sometimes it's the focal point of the entire design. Holding it all together is the trendy and versatile boutique grout.
Here are a few ways you can make grout the design element that brings your room together:
Choose your grout wisely
Forget about cement-based grouts. Cement is a very porous substance that will not last as long as your tiles. It absorbs moisture, cracks, peels, and sucks up stains and keeps them there. Cement grout is especially bad in areas where there will be moisture. Without proper sealing, mold and mildew form and gets embedded into the grout to the point that it becomes a part of the material. Cement grout is old school and an inferior product, particularly for homes. Instead of cement-based grout, consider using epoxy grout. Epoxy resins and a hardener are mixed just before installation. Epoxy Grout
is waterless and extremely resistant to mold, mildew, and stains. Epoxy grout does not require sealing either. Some believe that epoxy grouts are harder to work with and can cause skin irritation, but there are advances in the formulation of epoxy grout that alleviate these issues. For home design especially, epoxy grout is a much better choice than cement grout.
Choose your grout color accordingly
There are really three ways to look at choosing grout color. Are you going to match the color to your tile, do you want to complement the color and pattern of your tile, or are you looking for contrast? Match, complement, or contrast. The choice you make is going to affect the entire room. Matching colors brings about a sense of resolution and can be extremely comforting, even if the colors are slightly different shades. It also has the benefit of making a room appear larger. The problem with this approach is that it can be boring from a design perspective. Contrasting colors, on the other hand, adds a nice appeal to a room but can also make the room too busy. Contrasting colors work well if there is a design element to the tile itself that works as a focal point and a balance to the contrasting colors. If you're feeling especially experimental and want to go for a modern look, there are grout colors that have glitter or have a metallic look to them. These grout colors are growing increasingly popular and help bring new life to the world of grout and tile. Keep in mind that lighter colors are going to show dirt and will require more cleaning on a regular basis, while dark colors can go without regular cleaning and still look pretty awesome.
Research with pictures
This is important. When you know the look you're going for, take some time to use the Internet or browse design magazines until you find something that is in the neighborhood of what you want to do. Holding colors and patterns side by side is helpful, but sometimes getting a look at the big picture is better. Sometimes just looking at pictures of other designs can spark new ideas you might never have thought of on your own, so take a look at as many tile installations as you can and pay particular attention to how the grout is used to enhance the tiles themselves.
When you're ready to go, be sure you choose a high-quality grout product. The Tile Doctor is the exclusive distributor for Litokol grout products in the U.S. Litokol Starlike Grout
is far and away the best there is in epoxy grout. It's durable, resistant to stains, mold, and mildew, has great color consistency, and doesn't require sealant. Starlike grout comes in a variety of color collections that will give you the widest range of design possibilities you can get anywhere. Starlike Classic Grout Collection
brings you traditional and classic colors for a subtle design approach, while the Starlike Glamour Grout Colors
gives you opportunities for adding brighter, unique colors that will make any tile installation look stunning. There's also the Starlike Metallic Grout Collection
for bringing the look of traditional metals to your design and the Starlike Crystal Glass Grout Jewels collection for a spectacular look that brings the colors of sparkling jewels to the table. Starlike Crystal Glass Grout Jewels
keeps the aesthetic characteristics of any surface. It's non-absorbent, easy to clean, and ideal for environments where there will be exposure to high humidity, chemicals, and UV rays. It's ideal for mosaics that feature various shades of one color. There are five colors available, each one carefully selected to ensure color consistency with mosaics that feature different shades of a single color, even when the mosaics are not transparent or opaque.
The Tile Doctor is concerned with the environment and the consumer, so all of our Starlike Grout products are non-toxic and safe for people, pets, and the environment. There is absolutely no danger to the installer and no special disposal regulations that need to be followed. If you're looking for the very best epoxy grout on the market, Litokol Starlike Grout is the best grout for all of your tile installations. Our extensive range of color options
are all durable, stain resistant, and formulated to last -- Starlike Grout is the best grout on the market.
For more information about Starlike grout products visit our Starlike products page and learn how you can use Starlike grout to artistically enhance your next tile installation. Have questions? Contact us today at 1-877-TileDoc (845-3362)
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