Throughout the past 14 months of blogging, you might have noticed that my job is incredibly detail oriented. Every square inch of a space requires a decision; some thought goes into every part of a design including the size of welting on a decorative pillow, how many inches are between a sofa and its cocktail table and even grout color.
Grout may seem nominal, even arbitrary but I'll be the first to tell you that a grout color can completely change a design. This material completely surrounds a tile and can affect a tile's color and apparent brightness. Think of a person who has really blue eyes and how their eyes change in brightness according to the color of shirt they are wearing- grout does the same thing with tile. The perfect grout can accentuate a tile or the wrong grout color will stand out and you'll lose some of the beauty of a tile.
One of the best things to do during a project is have your builder or remodeler grout actual samples of your tile with the grout you have selected. This simple step will allow you to see exactly how your tile will look before grouting your entire bathroom- a step that can't be reversed.
Recently, this very thing saved a design of mine. A contractor grouted some samples for a beautiful bathroom project so I could see just how the tile would look. Lo and behold, I didn't at all like the grout color I selected. Although this simple step added a little bit more time to a project, it saved the project in the end. Its little attentions to detail that make a good design a great one!
Grouted tile samples from a recent project that allowed me to see just how the tile would look.
Tue, March 8, 2011
by Cindy Aplanalp filed under